"Archery transformed my life and helped me to defeat the wounds sustained during combat. It gave me a goal and a challenge to look forward to."
"Thank you for all the support you have given me. You're helping me to reach for the sky and know that the stars are reachable. My star would be to compete in the 2016 Olympics. You have given me the support by providing me with the tools to reach my dream. Archery gives me the everyday therapy to go on with my life and make my past easier to live with."
Kinga reached her goal sooner than expected, making the U.S. Archery Team for the Para World Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013.
"It's here, (during CWWAF shoots) that at for least a few hours, we forget pain or any other issues going on with us. We get together, we shoot, laugh and help each other. It's an amazing time. I am ready for the next event."
"Thanks to CWWAF I've come from a dark spot of not wanting to socialize with anyone to feeling like part of a new family that inspires me to grow, be involved and want to share this new found talent. I truly love how no one judges me, they just embrace me like family."
Raymond "Scott" Burke
"I wanted to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude for the wonderful gifts you gave me. While I am never at a loss for words, I was so surprised by your generosity and blessings...everyone was so amazing! I gained confidence and focus while doing the course and to know that I can continue with the archery supplies y'all gave me truly touches me. Y'all are an inspiration to me and even though I'm just starting out, I know this sport is the "spark" I needed to achieve more goals than I can list. Thank you so very much...y'all impact lives in such an amazing way!"
Katherine "Kat" Regaldo
Kat received her bow from CWWAF friend Kai Buckert. She was the 1st female recipient of a bow at the first Fun Shoot Clinic.
"For the first time in years I am so happy with what I do. I enjoy every single day. When I talk to soldiers, I tell them about archery and the Foundation and how it has changed my life. I feel so at ease and pleased just by telling my story and how archery helped me with my disorder. June 2012 was when we met and my life changed for the better. Thanks to CWWAF, I am able to help other soldiers like I once was. I am proud of saying, 'I am part of the Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation.'"
As a member of the Army's Archery Team for the 2013 "Warrior Games", here he greets a British wounded warrior.
"The CWWAF has been a great asset to my healing process. Since I received the donation of my equipment, I have taught so many other warriors to shoot. They have learned to love it as much as I love it."
While Donna continues with her own archery, she's discovered something else: she's a good teacher. Returning home, Donna encouraged her local recreation department to offer archery, which she now teaches to Veterans.
“My wife and I had a wonderful time meeting everyone from CWWAF, as well as all my fellow veterans. The bow, support, and friendship I received from all of them has inspired me to try out for the Paralympic Archery Team. Whether I make it or not, I know I will have all the support I need from these amazing people!”
"I learned about the CWWAF through another Wounded Warrior. I wasn't able to attend last year's Clinic/3D Fun shoot because I was recovering from a surgery. Once I learned about this year's event I made sure that my name was on the list to attend. I made the seven hour drive from Fort Benning, GA with my dog and it was worth every mile that I drove. It was a humbling experience to see how passionate the CWWAF staff and volunteers are about helping us Wounded Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines".
Felipe Chuab and Max
"I’d like to say thank you to CWWAF. While I was going through recovery, it was an opportunity for me to think about something else rather than the fact I wasn't the same Soldier I was a year prior. Archery has become a big part of my family's outside activities, both kids shoot whenever I do. This has been a great way for me to not only deal with stress but also to bond with my kids. Thanks again for all that your program does. It’s been a life saver for someone like me".
Arrick L . Jones Sr.
"You can’t believe how a bow has helped me and my family!
I’ve been deployed a lot. After my injury I spent 2 years at Walter Reed healing, I was again away from my boys. Our relationship suffered because of it. This was one of the main reasons I was interested in getting a bow: my youngest son Rodrigo is part of his school’s archery team. I thought that this would be a way for us to connect on common ground. I was right!! My son and I are spending time together which is priceless. It may be simply a bow to some, but to me it’s a tool to heal and foster a relationship with my sons that years of war and all that follows took away!
From the bottom of my heart I salute you for what you were able to help me get back and continue to work toward!"