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About us

Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors provides emergency assistance, therapeutic services, support groups, and morale-building programs for wounded service members and their families in Washington state. Our focus is on the wounded and injured. Heartbeat is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

We offer our programs to wounded and injured service members from all branches of the military: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.

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How we help

Heartbeat’s programs and services for wounded warriors and their families are continually growing. We offer support for many types of needs: emergency, physical, emotional, and daily living.

Current services and programs include

  • Emergency financial assistance
  • Back in the Saddle Warriors—equine assisted therapy program
  • Scuba Warriors—therapeutic scuba activity
  • Morale-Building programs and events
  • ARC kits for incoming wounded warriors

Why we help

Our brave families and service members make daily sacrifices for all of us. Heartbeat believes it’s critical to step up and serve those who give endlessly for our freedom and way of life.

When brave warriors return home with physical and psychological injuries, everything changes. Health issues present unexpected challenges. This affects both the service member and the family. Injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and paralysis are life changing.

Oftentimes, people forget about our brave, wounded warriors when they come home. Oftentimes that is when they need us the most.

Our goal at Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors is to help our brave service members gain control over their health challenges and lead productive lives.

The military teaches our brave men and women to take care of themselves and others—they’re givers, not takers. They don’t ask for help. When their community voluntarily helps them, it creates a powerful impact on wounded service members’ emotional and physical well-being.

History

The events of September 11, 2001, deeply affected many people in our nation. Janice Buckley was one of them. She felt the call to support our nation’s military families but wasn’t sure what to do. So she baked brownies for the National Guard.

This began a long journey of volunteer work for the United Service Organizations. From there she met many military families and learned different ways to help.

At one point Janice gathered gift certificates around Washington and gave them to soldiers arriving home from Iraq.

Determined to do more for our nation’s most important resource, Janice founded Operation Homefront Washington (OHWA) in 2004. It became a chapter of the national Operation Homefront organization. By 2008, OHWA had served more than 29,000 families and had grown to more than 250 volunteers.

Janice realized that the organization could do more for wounded service members if the focus was fully on them. In 2009, OHWA left the national organization and changed the OHWA name to Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors. This change reflects its focused mission on wounded warriors and their families.