Michael Varnell - CPA Advisor
Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member TN Society of Certified Public Accountants
Robert Frank - Archery Program Director
US Army Retired
OIF & OEF Veteran
Lee Eddins - Vice President / Treasurer
U.S. Army Retired
Gulf War, OIF & OEF Combat Veteran
Patricia Eddins - Chairman / President
U.S. Army Veteran
Founded: February 2015
President: Patricia Eddins
Areas of expertise:
Adaptive Recreational Therapy
The Dark side of the helmet is marred from War and Conflict. The wounds are visible and the burden is heavy. The dark side represents many things. It represents the grief and worry of the families left behind. It represents the physical and mental stress of combat. It represents the horrors of War.
The Light side of the helmet represents the Warrior after his tour of duty is complete. The Warrior has begun to heal but carries the memories of war close to him. Some wounds are physical while others cannot be seen. A different battle has begun. The bandage represents the communal effort to assist these Warriors.
The helmet represents a Warrior that is respected, honest, patriotic and humble. It is the helmet we wear as a Veteran. It represents a Brotherhood. Each Warrior willing to lay down his life for another and country. It is the true definition of selfless service.
The Warrior Initiative is registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code and the Tennessee Revised Nonprofit Limited Liability Company Act, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.
We proudly serve wounded and disabled Warriors by building their independence, confidence and dignity through outdoor recreational activities, homelessness prevention and back to work initiatives..
Our programs include sending out ambassadors to raise social consciousness about the cause on a national level, and to hold fundraising events in order to provide immediate relief and assistance to military service members who are at least 30% service connected disabled or those who have been wounded in combat regardless of their race, ethnicity, or religion.
To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c) (3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.
At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities which will provide opportunities for involvement in said activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change.
Our Veterans suffer the weight of war to the extent that 22 commit suicide every day. That's one Veteran every 65 minutes. We introduce Veterans to new experiences and give them something to look forward to. Something else to think about. Every Human needs confidence, a sense of self worth and the basics to sustain life. We call this Dignity. We are committed to bringing these Warriors out of their shell shock and giving their life a purpose. We hope that you will help.
" If you teach a Man to Fish, He will have food for life. If you teach a Combat Veteran to Fish, it just may save his life." President Patricia Eddins
Phil Hill - Board Member
TVA Veterans Affairs Vice President
Healing outside of a Hospital, Long Time Contributor
Marcus Varnell - Board Member / Secretary
OIF Combat Veteran