Mardi Gras Party 2018

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

Enough with the PTSD, the VA, and all the battles our vets have to fight on a daily basis. Even the kids needed a break. “Mom and Dad are stepping out to party”—Mardi Gras style.  Saturday, April 7, about 50 vets and friends of WHOA let their hair down for a great evening of fun. Everyone needed a night out, …

Day at the Ranch -2018

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events, Upcoming Events

For our first Family Day of 2018, we’d like to thank the folks at Horse of the Sun Ranch. We had a wonderful start to the year and took advantage of a much-needed opportunity to get together with old and new friends alike. Most importantly, Family Day helped us maintain our great friendship with Horse of the Sun Ranch. Jerry, …

A Navajo Soldier’s Story – Spc Alroy Billiman

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

In 2007,I had the opportunity to attend a Purple Heart ceremony for four veterans. The ceremony was held at the Long Beach VA in California, and it was the first time I had any personal contact with combat wounded veterans. We at WHOA had recently begun providing financial assistance to wounded vets, but they were out of state. Prior to …

A Soldier’s Story- Sgt Doraliza Vellez-Collazo

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

I first made contact with Doraliza in 2008, when she was living in a boarding house in Orange County. Her parents and most of her family members were back in Puerto Rico, her homeland, and the only person she had any contact with was her niece. Intelligent and educated, Doraliza had served in the Army Medical Corp in Iraq. She …

2018 – A New year & New Opportunities

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

2018 is going to be a great year, but of course, we have to make it great. As time goes by, we realize that the needs of our young veterans and their families change, and we need to stay relevant to those needs. As a nation, we have to keep these young men and women at the forefront of our …

Operation Santa 2017

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

We had another successful Christmas by WHOA’s Santas and helpers. Not to say that Santa had it easy. On the contrary, it took several Santas, a bunch of elves, lots of friends, and plenty of community members to make the operation happen. There are so many people to thank, and if not for their help, we couldn’t have had a …

Operation Santa has begun!

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events, Uncategorized

Every December, Santa and his helpers get really busy at WHOA. Operation Santa 2017 has started in earnest this weekend. We have approximately 200 children of our Fallen and Wounded Warriors on Santa’s list this year and while most are here in So Cal, we also have kids in many other states including the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Operation Santa …

Operation Helping Hero

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

Here at Wounded Heroes of America, we are a family of Combat Wounded Veterans. Our mission is deeply personal, and our veterans are never too far away to be in our hearts. Today we are urgently asking for help for one of our combat wounded vets who is living in rural Puerto Rico, and is working tirelessly to rebuild her …

Working together we can make a difference

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

When we say that “the resources we need to make life better for our combat wounded are in the community”, it’s not just a theory; it’s a fact. Wounded Heroes of America is not a huge national foundation with millions of dollars sitting in an annuity collecting interest. It’s a regional foundation operating on a shoestring budget. And yet those …

2017 WHOA Golf Tournament

Mike Talleda Events, Past Events

First things first. We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our participants and sponsors, our vets, and most importantly, the volunteers who made our 18th Annual Golf Tournament a great success and a wonderful show of support for our Combat Wounded. Some great, and some not so great, golf was played, and there was plenty of …