Letters from our Veterans

"I had heard the sob stories of PTSD while in. I absolutely never cared about it or thought about having it. For the longest time I thought people just made it up or didn't know how to deal with life. But, unfortunately it is as real as it gets. I have zero doubts that hell won't be a physical torture thing but a mental one, seeing as how much worse it is. When I was at my lowest I quickly saw how relieving taking my life would be and knew there was simply no way id change my mind. You did the IMPOSSIBLE and helped me get out of the dark place, helped my debt that would have taken my kids, for not having a home (which would of been the last straw). You sincerely talked to me when I was so so low, on two occasions when I thought it was the night I wouldn't see tomorrow you calmed me. You never gave up even when bad things kept happening. You even told me I was "now an adopted son" (I never did tell you how that changed everything but it did). Donna there was literally a very very small chance that I was going to get through it, I was at a point, at a distance that I was so sure I wouldn't make it back from, said my peace, My goodbyes and then you came and listened and made sense. I had talked to 5 psychiatrists and not once opened up (because it was clear they didn't care). Like very few, I fought against the PTSD diagnosis. My point is I don't really think you know/realize how big of a deal you are. If it were said during the golf outing speech "Stand if you owe your life to Donna Cranston" the majority of the room would be on their feet and that is incredible. You are my hero, you showed me I wasn't forgotten, you absolutely are the sole reason I tried it one last time. You will probably never understand how many corpses you breathed life back into. Anyways Ma, you deserve to feel and know that you restored my faith in humanity and saved me from a inescapable torture just by trying. Can't believe it."

"Dear vets and to all that are reading this, I want to send a thank you to Defenders of Freedom. This organization went above and beyond the call of duty; I know how hard it is to accept the fact that asking for help isn't a sign of weakness or looked down upon in any way. I had to come to terms with that when I needed some immediate help. And so I found an organization that is known thru our veteran community. Defenders of Freedom, they have helped me in more ways than they know and I just want to say again thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if there is any vet out there reading this that needs help please don't wait til its too late. Contact this organization they really do care about us. "

"Thank you so much for trying to help me, donít know how to thank you."

"I wanted to know if you could please help me get some counseling because Iím canít take this no moreÖ not be able to pay bills, not having a job is getting to me and to be honest I might just snap one day. Thank you so much for helping. God bless."

"Can I just say thank you very much. We really appreciate it. This has eased a huge stress for Tom and myself."

"Thank you so much for what you do for me and my family. God Bless."

"Iím almost mad at you. I donít like feeling vulnerable/emotional but was just unbearably so damn sweet and I havenít had a soft hand like that since I can remember. I donít believe you realize how much hope it gives me and how much I donít want to trust hope because it can be a heavy let down."

"Itís like my 10 years deploying was as if I left a happy life to be stranded on an island and after all the fantasies of seeing my family and returning. I actually make it back to civilization and nobody caresÖas if they forgot I existedÖ.no offense but the person I can talk to is a donor woman Iíve never met."

"I am absolutely humbled and so very grateful and appreciative of you and your organizationís generosity. Iíve heard ďthank you for your serviceĒ so many times over the years but after a while it starts to lose its meaning. This caring act that Defenders of Freedom is bestowing on me has got me tearing up and at an extreme loss for words. Iím sure you guys hear it every day but I want to thank everyone who puts forth the time and effort to help those in need and I assure you this is the 1st time Iíve ever had to ask for help in this context. The only way I can think to show how much it means to me is to pay it forward when I get grounded again."

"I am a former US ARMY veteran I served from 2001-2007. I am 80% disabled from PTSD and a crush injury to my toes. I currently work part time and am trying to make it on my own. My wife had her shoulder blade removed due to bone cancer. Life is a struggle every day dealing with the problems I have, but I keep fighting. My family is a big family, I have four stepsons and three little ones of my own. Having such a big family is proving to be harder than what I expected but still I stand to figure it out. Sept 1 my family and I will be homelessÖI have been saving the best I can but where I live in south Texas the oilfield was in a boom. The rent and deposits exceeds what I have. If it were just monthly without a deposit I could afford it and function smooth. Everywhere I look I lead to dead ends. I for the first time in my life am scared, it is affecting my outlook on everything and it is getting to me. I have nowhere to turn and if I didnít have children it would not bother me so much as I can handle my own whether it be rucking in the park or what not. In my whole life, I have never failed much of anything and at this point it is scaring the life out of me. I usually do not ask anyone for help as I believe to be self-prideful not to. But I am also man enough to ask for help when there is no other choice. I am sure you guys have helped many and understand if you cannot help us. Regardless, thank you for what you have done for my fellow soldiers and my sincere gratitude for any reply. If there is a way you may be able to help."