U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Anthony “Doc” Ameen was serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2008 when he stepped on an IED while running to help an injured Marine. The explosion cost him his lower left leg and badly injured his right. A church raised $25,000 for what they called “Wings for Anthony” to help his parents fly to his bedside for a total of 32 surgeries. In 2010, Anthony founded Wings for Warriors, a non-profit organization to offer similar help for other injured service members and their families. “Being a wounded warrior myself, and after initially being denied my healthcare and financial benefits, I knew what kind of care I was supposed to get,” Anthony says. “I took a blend of everyone’s challenges and turned it into one organization.”
“If it wasn’t for Google’s help, we couldn’t have helped people all over the country.”
Anthony Ameen, Founder & CEO
The non-profit provides tools, insights, and resources for wounded veterans as they go through recovery and transition, plus travel expenses for families to be by their sides and healthcare and financial counseling. Anthony has used a variety of Google products to build his organization. Google Voice allows him to be reachable, but also to hide his personal phone number and manage the influx of calls he receives. Gmail helps to keep him organized and able to access email from anywhere. And in 2014 Wings for Warriors received a Google Ad Grant, coincidentally, on Veterans Day. The resulting campaigns in AdWords, Google’s advertising program, “literally put us all over the map,” he says. “It has allowed us to now help veterans and their families all across the United States.” He adds, “If it wasn’t for the AdWords campaigns, I’d just be staying afloat. It’s made this so much easier for me.”
Wings for Warriors has helped 1,500 wounded warriors & military families.
AdWords also helps to connect Wings for Warriors with potential donors and volunteers. The organization now has 600 active volunteers, and interest continues to grow nationwide. “More cities, hospitals, sponsors, and VA clinics are getting involved with Wings for Warriors,” he says. “And because our AdWords campaign is successful, we’re able to further our relationships with our volunteers.” For example, a Florida high school senior raised $3,700 for the organization, and her school is now continuing her work. “A Google search is how she found us, which is pretty cool.”
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