Warriors for Freedom Foundation was established in 2011 by Maj. Ed Pulido, Brett Dick and Sgt. Scott Momper to serve as a not for profit leadership program that educated veterans on public speaking and sharing their story.  In January 2012, we received our nonprofit status and our work within the military community expanded leaps and bounds.  We now seek to fill a need to assist veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life through recreational and social activities and speaking engagements.  Additionally, we seek to support the family unit by providing scholarships and other resources that assist the family as a whole through our programs and partnering agencies. Warriors for Freedom Foundation supports local organizations that support our veterans, such as Silent War FoundationFolds of Honor Foundation, A Chance to Change, Homeless Alliance, The Real Warriors Campaign, Heartline and NorthCare.

Our team is passionate about serving America’s heroes and their families.

 

Brett runs the day-to-day activities including fundraising, program management, marketing, budget management and community relationship cultivation.

Brett has served many charitable groups in the effort of raising awareness for the veteran community. He was a Board of Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma, which provides free or low cost mental health services to both veterans and their families as well as a member of the Coordinating Council of 211 Oklahoma, which provides information and referral services to those in crises and in every day needs of human services. Brett is currently a Board of Director for the Aaron Alley Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides students of Woodward High School with scholarships in Aaron’s name.

Although he never served in the military, Brett has always had a passion for supporting the men and women who sacrifice their lives for his freedom.  He feels it is important to convey to the active duty and veteran communities, that there are millions of non serving, patriotic Americans that proudly stand behind them.  Through his passion and business experience, he strives to cultivate events and activities that are not only a fun and healing experiences for our veterans but also a fun and educational experiences for our sponsor, supporters and volunteers.

Brett has been married to his wife, Tracy, since 2006 and currently resides in Edmond, OK. His brother-in-law, Lt. Brett Eckert, is a currently serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.

 

Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, Amber began working in a long-term substance abuse clinic for women and their children. From there she began working in the childcare field where she began as an Assistant Director and worked her way through each company to become the Executive Director and began opening centers throughout the state of Oklahoma. After gaining experience in this field, she began working in Family Law for the State of Oklahoma in the Child Support Division. During which time she began doing a lot of volunteer and nonprofit work. She soon realized her passion was with nonprofit and began seeking employment full time in that field.

In April 2012, a tornado hit her hometown of Woodward, OK and she dove into being a part of the recovery process by joining the long term recovery team. She took an opportunity to work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a Fundraising Coordinator.  During which time the tornado hit the Oklahoma City metro and she found herself engulfed in the recovery process once again.  It was through these times, she gained the majority of her non-profit experience and began “Oklahoma Strong”.  While employed with MDA, she was introduced to Warriors for Freedom Foundation and began volunteering and assisting with grant writing with them until she started full time in January of 2014.

She now manages the majority of event organization and execution for the foundation along with community outreach and sponsor retention.

 

Although Ray hasn’t served in uniform, he has military service in his family, dating back to George Washington and Robert E. Lee. He is committed to serving our fighting men and women. Ray has been working with Warriors for Freedom since 2012, as he hosts the Warrior Shootout at Rose Creek in Edmond each summer. The Warrior Shootout allows Ray to blend a love of golf, which he’s been playing since the age of five and a passion to heal the hidden wounds of war, Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Ray is the Business Development Manager for BG Products, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. BG Products is the world’s leader in automotive preventive maintenance and was founded in 1971 by seven WWII veterans. BG proudly begins each meeting with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ray earned a degree in Marketing from Southern Nazarene University in 1993 and Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2001. Ray and his wife, Sherri, reside in Edmond with their three children, Emily, Samuel and Alexandra.

 

Scott served his country in the United States Air Force from 1993-2003, spending 7 of those years serving overseas in various locations. Scott took part in several US Operations including Operation Allied Force, Operation Northern Watch, and a support role overseas in the days and months following the September 11th attacks on the United States.
When not volunteering his off time serving his fellow veterans, Scott works in the Immunology and Dermatology Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Novartis he strives to make a difference by assisting Doctors and their staff, as they work to improve the lives of their patients.
Scott is a native of Oklahoma and resides in Goldsby, OK, with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children. He is the proud parent of his son, Mitchel, a student at Oklahoma City Community College; his step-daughter, Kaegan, a student at the University of Oklahoma; and his step-daughter, Maelyn, an 8th grade student in Norman Public Schools.

 

 

Justin Clark, U.S. Army served from 2000 to 2008 and is an OIF/OEF combat veteran.  On April 13, 2003 he was wounded at a Republican Guard base in Baghdad when an explosion knocked him off a 2-story building.   Though the extent of his injuries was not enough to keep him out of the fight, he still continues to battle mental stresses of PTSD from combat every day.  Through his love of fishing, both for fun and competitively, Justin discovered real healing and peace within himself.  He met Brett Dick in February of 2014 and saw an opportunity to show other combat vets how fishing changed his life.  In June of 2014, WFF hosted its inaugural Fishing for Freedom event and took 50 Vets out for a competitive day on the water.

Justin is, now, the owner of JC Land Management Company and has 3 beautiful children.

Grady is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Foundation HealthCare Inc., an organization that owns and operates surgically focused hospitals, which is based in Oklahoma City. He plans and executes advertising policies and strategies for three surgical hospitals, 10 surgery centers and 57 sleep centers nationwide.

Previous to joining Foundation HealthCare Inc. Grady is the Marketing Manager for i2E Inc., a nationally recognized private not-for-profit corporation focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy. He managed and coordinated marketing materials, which included press releases, external communications, videos, success stories and web site information. In addition, he coordinated the company’s public and media relation activities.

Grady is also a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves and is currently the Law Office Superintendent for the 507th Air Refueling Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma where he manages and performs legal functions. To include paraprofessional and legal research functions under the supervision of a judge advocate in connection with civil law, military justice, and supervises administration of legal services. His other military experiences include multiple deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism as a Public Affairs Specialist. His Public Affairs duties included deployed strategic communications and community and media relations.

In 2010 Grady was recognized by the U.S. Air Force’s Public Affairs Awards for Communication Excellence and awarded the Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication Non-Commissioned Officer Award.

Grady received his Bachelors Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and has an Associate’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Community College of the Air Force.

A native of Oklahoma, he resides with his wife Theresa, daughters Lydia and Cecilia and son Michael in Edmond.

 

 

Dr. Hamilton Le served in the U.S. Army as a combat surgeon during his deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF) in 2008.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.  His overseas assignments include being stationed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, caring for wounded warriors returning from theater of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Oklahoma to go into private surgical practice.  As an Army veteran and physician, he wishes to support his fellow veterans in improving their health and wellness.

Hamilton and his wife Jenny have been married for 13 years.  They now reside in Edmond, Oklahoma with their two children, Jasmyne and Austin.

 

 

Dr. Jim Keller  –  Board Advisor

Jim is a licensed psychologist currently practicing in Oklahoma City and Edmond, OK. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and performed his doctoral work at the University of Oklahoma earning a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

Having never served in uniform himself, a love of military was instilled in Jim at a very young age by his father who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and an uncle who received both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his role in the battle for Okinawa. The family legacy continues as Jim is the proud father of a United States Marine.

In his professional career, Jim has been extremely fortunate to have completed training with the VA Medical Center, and to be affiliated with Tricare as a mental health provider and, as such, has been privileged to serve our nation’s veterans and their families.

In 2015, Jim became involved with Warriors for Freedom Foundation as a Board Member and Consultant. He lives in Edmond, OK with his beautiful wife, step-son, and daughter.

 

Lucas Cannon  –  Board Advisor

Lucas graduated from Bethel Public Schools in 2000 and began running the family farm, as the 4th generation to do so.  He raises corn milo, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay.  He also runs a cow calf operation.  Lucas has served on the Shawnee Conservation District, the Pott County Fair Board and the Oklahoma Sorghum Association. Having never served in the military, but had several uncles serve in the Marine Corps and Army and a Grandfather that was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, serving on this board is his way of giving back and to honor our veteranss that have fought for our freedom.

 

Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) is the Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation a Veteran’s charity which provides the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded educational scholarships. Additionally, he is a Founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of our wounded Veterans and their families. He is the spokesperson for Acadia Health Care. Finally, Major Ed is the Founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography entitled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story. Major Pulido has a degree in Military Science, Marketing, and Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Logistics Management/ Human Relations. He attained the Rank of Major in his 19-year military career and on May 16, 2005, he was medically retired from the United States Army. On the 17th of August, 2004, Major Pulido hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) or roadside bomb while serving with the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team under the command of General David Petraeus. Due to the extensive injuries to his left knee, doctors had to amputate his left leg on October 1, 2004. For his heroism and valor on that August day, the President of the United States along with General David Petraeus awarded him the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals. Major Pulido’s story of courage and sacrifice has been featured in Time Magazine, PGA Magazine, Fox News, CNN and many national and local Oklahoma City television stations and print media. Since, his amputation, Major Pulido has been a staunch advocate for veterans with disabilities, specifically focusing on advocacy efforts to promote prosthetic technologies, peer visiting with fellow amputees at Brooke and Walter Reed Medical Centers, and raising awareness on the needs of veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (T.B.I) on behalf of the DOD and VA Real Warriors National Campaign. He has received countless awards including the prestigious Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, HeartLines Festival of Hope Award for Suicide Prevention, the Hero’s award from the American Red Cross, the Reaching our City Award, OKC Thunder/Devon Energy Community Hero Award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Veteran Patient Award. Additionally, he has received the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Award for national and state level service and the Tuskahoma Brown Miller Award for outstanding leadership.

On a personal note, Major Pulido during his time in the hospital experienced the inner darkness of depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation that would cripple his positive spirit. This inner darkness he describes as a “deep wounding of a soldiers spirit”. It was at that time that he understood that as a Warrior he could not walk alone in this journey. In that moment, he asked for help from his God, Country, his family and the American people. The result of this intervention would put his life on the road to recovery. It would also be the building block for his understanding the inner wounds of war and making sure that mental health is a focus of the Department of Defense and the VA. Major Pulido is a national and global spokesperson for Acadia HealthCare, Department of Defense and VA Real Warriors National Campaign and he is on the State Board of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with a mission to address the mental health needs of returning service members, Veterans and their families. Ed Pulido has been married to Karen Pulido for 21 years. He has a daughter Kaitlin and a daughter Kinsley. He and his family reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

 

SGT Scott Momper, co-founder of Warriors for Freedom, promotes the advocacy and awareness to veteran issues and topics.  Along with Warriors for Freedom, Scott has been serving many charitable groups in the effort of raising awareness for the veteran community. He is currently a senior member of the Texas Fallen Hero’s Memorial Wall. The wall is a traveling memorial of everyone from the state of Texas that has been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. He also serves with Lone Star Veterans Association which is a Houston based organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Scott joined the United State Marine Corps in 1999 and was medically retired in Dec of 2007. He served 2 tours in Iraq.  While serving in the Marines SGT Momper was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Five certificates of Commendations, Three Certificates of Appreciation and Nine letters of Appreciation. After being injured in Iraq and having multiple surgeries, he was ultimately retired from the Marine Corps. Since that time he has never missed a chance to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. He proudly speaks to the military and civilian community to let them know that the sacrifice that his fellow brothers and sisters have made will not be forgotten.

Scott and his wife, Amadonna, currently resides in Kemah, TX. He has 4 children Makaylee, Gracie, Sarah and Kyle.