Helping Hands for Freedom is dedicated to supporting military children and families facing injury, loss and deployment.
HHFF aims to improve children's lives through compassion, honor, mentorship and leadership programs.

Warrior Spotlights

Lt. Col. Charles E. "Bud" Mundy
Posted July 20, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

Lt. Col. Charles E. "Bud" Mundy USAF was born March 3, 1921 in Oswego, New York. Bud was married to his hometown sweetheart, Marion Larkin for 67 years, until her death in 2009. Bud died peacefully on August 1, 2014 at his home in Niceville, Florida.

Dick Fero
Posted June 28, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

With a father, father-in-law and grandfather who were all dentists, Shelbyville resident Dick Fero was destined to become a dentist, correct? No. Instead, a fascination with aircraft and flying turned into a stint in the military. “I always admired flying and aircraft and was always interested in it,” Fero said. Fero said he and two others saw an ad for the U.S. Marines and went to Buffalo to sign up.

Sgt. 1st Class Forrest “Frosty” Robertson
Posted June 20, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

Our Route for the Brave team met Sgt. 1st Class Forrest “Frosty” Robertson's family in Kansas as they walked across America.  Robertson was killed in action when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire Nov.

Staff Sergeant Jonathan M. Metzger
Posted June 20, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

Fallen Gold Star Hero, Staff Sgt. Jonathan M. Metzger was on patrol in Afghanistan with the 81st troop command when their vehicle was attacked by an IED.  He and three others serving in the National Guard with him dies that night.  Over the course of his career, Staff Sgt. Metzger received many awards and decorations, including:

War Hero - Matthew Bowman - 2016 HHFF Wounded Warrior of the Year award recipient
Posted June 4, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

US Marine Corporal Matthew Bowman received the Glenn Bill Wounded Warrior of the Year award at the 2016 Helping Hands for Freedom Heroes Gala.  This award is given to someone who exemplifies bravery, puts their life on the line, and is willing to sign a piece of paper that says, ‘I am willing to put my life on the line’. 

Matt was a #2 ranked wrestler from Lafayette, Indiana who had every division 1 and big 10 school wanting to give him full ride scholarships.  He turned down a $120,000 scholarship to serve his country as a United States Marine. 

Chris Bain - Helping Hands for Freedom's Wounded Warrior of the Year 2015
Posted May 9, 2016 by Jaclyn Clark

Army Staff Sgt. Chris Bain doesn't mince words when he gets called a hero.

"To be called a hero, I don't think I am. I'm just a guy who did my job, did my job to the best of my ability and didn't do anything different that anyone else would do," said Bain, who received the 2015 Helping Hands For Freedom Wounded Warrior of the Year honor.

Born at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, Bain grew up hearing stories of how every male in his family served in the military.

Staff Sergeant Patrick Shannon, co-founder, Helping Hands for Freedom
Posted November 16, 2015 by Rodney Smith

For Immediate Release – November, 12, 2015 – From Walmart One

Staff Sgt. Patrick S., manager of Walmart Store 1557 in Fishers, Ind., earned a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and, in 2007, the Sam Walton Hero Award for his actions during a firefight in Iraq. His injuries, which he still deals with today, led him to reach out to others in a remarkable way.