A Warrior Story: Mike Spivey & A New Life


I had a career...I planned on doing another 13 years in the Marines. But I had these injuries and I couldn't go straight into the workforce. If it wasn't for Warrior Foundation Freedom Station--I would have been living in my truck.

--Sergeant Mike Spivey, U.S. Marine (ret.), on his Warrior Foundation experience.

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Back in 2010, Mike Spivey was seven-years deep into his Marine Corps career. While on a foot patrol in Sangin, Afghanistan, and IED explosion left Mike badly injured. The blast would not only cost him his left arm, but force him to exit from his preferred career many years too soon.

While Mike was in the hospital, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station was there to help him begin his transition to civilian life.

Listen to the episode of the Armstrong & Getty Extra Large Podcast featuring Mike below...and please make a donation the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station!

For injured warriors who face the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation and the transition to civilian life, there is no greater gift than to return home to their families for this special time of year.

Thanks to the generosity and compassion of donors like you, thousands of ill and injured service members have left the hospital and flown home for Christmas for the last 16 years. While it seems like a simple gesture, a trip home has a priceless impact on a warrior’s morale and recovery, and the military families who love them. At its heart, sending our heroes home for the holidays is a gesture of gratitude for the men and women who have served, sacrificed, and are now learning how to adapt and overcome both visible and invisible injuries.

In addition to flights home for the holidays, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station assists injured warriors year-round with a variety of programs, including adaptive sports, outdoor therapy, wheelchairs for warriors, vocational projects, education scholarships, career guidance, work wardrobes. and more. We also provide a "home of the brave" via our two transitional housing residences, Freedom Station I and II, which provide injured warriors with the time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life.

About Warrior Foundation Freedom Station

Founded in 2004, Warrior Foundation Freedom Station is a leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country. The foundation provides ill and injured warriors with quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing designed to assist them and their families during recovery.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station assists four main groups of warriors:

· The seriously injured returning home from war with immediate medical and emotional needs.

· Those suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

· Physical and occupational therapy patients who are recovering and/or receiving medical care at military medical facilities.

· Transitioning warriors who are medically retiring and transitioning to civilian life.

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We proudly hold Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, the highest possible rating, demonstrating our adherence to sector best practices and commitment to transparency. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Warrior Foundation Freedom Station exceeds industry standards and outperforms most other charities in America.

If you'd prefer to send a donation via mail, please use this address:

Warrior Foundation/Freedom Station

1223 1/2 28th St, Suite A

San Diego, CA 92102