Operation Freedom Bird, is a non-profit, providing a unique Healing Journey & therapeutic program aimed at helping Arizona combat veterans, from all wars, continue the process to heal from their symptoms of PTSD and unresolved grief/loss. The four day journey in DC provides an opportunity to share their experiences, and pay tribute to their fallen comrades-in-arms in a supportive environment of fellow Veterans and concerned counselors.
Operation Freedom Bird was founded by America West Captain Pat Lynch, a decorated Vietnam Veteran. It was named after the "Freedom Bird Flights" which transported soldiers back to the United States after their tour of duty in a war zone. Pat's original vision was to reach out to fellow Nam Veterans and visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC on Veterans Day.
Each year, since 1988, approximately 50 veterans have been selected to participate in a four-day Healing Journey. Participants are selected by community counselors throughout Arizona, some of whom also accompany the veterans on the journey. Combat Vets may also apply to participate themselves. In addition to visiting the National Mall War Memorials, the program itinerary includes a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the 9-11 Memorial located at the Pentagon.
Operation Freedom Bird (OFB) underwrites all meals, lodging, and ground transportation expenses for the veterans and counselors. The veteran is asked to provide $100.00 toward the expenses of their Healing Journey, this to create greater commitment overall. The OFB Board and Staff are all volunteer with overhead of 3.5%, with 96.5% of all donation dollars going directly to the four-day Healing Journey in DC. Southwest Airlines has generously provided air transportation since 1999.
As citizens, Operation Freedom Bird provides us a way to recognize and give gratitude to these combat veterans by acknowledging them for their service and personal sacrifice, and finally, welcoming them home. They have given their all for us, and all we ask is that you thank them with your support.
How to participate:
We serve combat veterans from all conflicts. Visit our website: www.operationfreedombird.org and click on the “Provider Information” link to understand all of the needed criteria and then fill out the form to start the process. All applicants are reviewed for readiness and suitability to participate. Combat vets maybe recommended by their provider or inquire themselves.
Operation Freedom Bird is an Arizona IRS 501(C)(3) non-profit status corporation.
Tax ID number EIN86-1002705, Operationfreedombird.org.
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