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.

Warriors for Freedom Foundation hosts events to help servicemembers, veterans and their families reconnect with their community and provide peer to peer support and comradery.

We aim to connect servicemembers, veterans and their families with the community in which they live and with other servicemembers or veterans to recreate the comradery they had while serving our country. In doing this, we are reducing the risk of divorce, substance abuse, suicide and exclusion. Our mission is to provide a platform for these heroes to find the resources they need to be successful in life following their service.

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

 

Brett manages a lot of the behind the scenes work for Warriors for Freedom.  He manages the budget and operations to ensure the foundation runs as efficiently as possible to maximize the impact made on the veterans their family members Warriors for Freedom serves.

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.

 

Amber is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization, including fundraising, marketing and community outreach.

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.

 

Derek Jump, Director of Development

Derek is a ten year combat veteran as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman who served from 2002 through 2011 and has multiple tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to include Operation Phantom Fury with the Third Battalion Fifth Marines of First Marine Division.  Having battled Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Derek knows firsthand what it means to be on the front line of military culture, and deeply understands the adversity that our nation’s heroes face once they return home from active duty service.

Upon separating from the military in 2012, Derek moved to Oklahoma with his wife Calyn.  Utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill, he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is earning his graduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Oklahoma City University.  He has been in the nonprofit field since 2013 working with the homeless veteran population and the communities throughout Central Oklahoma to construct Homeless Task Forces to combat the epidemic of Veteran Homelessness.

Derek is now the Director of Development for Warriors for Freedom, and is excited to take on new and exciting challenges that Veterans face in the wake of their service.  Derek’s passion is working with and for other service members to improve their quality of life and restore a sense of camaraderie for his fellow brother and sister Veterans.  The dedication he possess’ for assisting his comrades is what drives him to succeed on a daily basis.  He believes this work is what allows him to continue his service to our country in a different capacity, as we combat a different kind of fight here at home.

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

William Bowers, Board Advisor

Will is originally from South Carolina and graduated with honors earning a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel in 2002.  He will complete his M.B.A with Finance Concentration from Oklahoma City University in August 2017 and has been accepted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Society.  He and his wife, Dr. Kelly Bowers, reside in Edmond with their son.

After college graduation, he served ten years active-duty as a Naval Officer.  He led aircrew teams as an Aircraft and Mission Commander onboard the E-6B “Mercury” providing essential communication links to ground forces for Central Commands.  He was also a rated Instructor Pilot on the Boeing 737 and 707.  His military service also included a one year joint deployment with the 18th Airborne as an Airfield Operations Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Military honors include:

  • 2 Naval Air Medals
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • 2 Navy & Marine Corps Commendations
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Medal
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal
  • War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

After honorable discharge from the Navy, he developed a passion for working with small businesses as a Contract Specialist with the United States Air Force.  Will entered the financial services industry in 2014 as a Financial Advisor and worked with high net-worth households at Merrill Lynch.

Will found a home with AXA Advisors, LLC as a Financial Professional. As a partner with Cornerstone Planning Group, he focuses on building customized financial strategies for households and businesses by providing financial planning, investing, and insurance resources.

 

In 2010, Sam moved to Oklahoma to open Twin Peaks.  Through his networking with owning Twin Peaks, he met Maj. Ed Pulido and Brett Dick.  Who would have known the relationship would blossom to where it is today?  Warriors for Freedom has been his charity of choice because of what they provide to our returning veterans. He has spent his entire life around veterans, as his dad, step-father, grandfather and brother served our great country. The majority of his close friendships are with combat veterans and the brotherhood they share is very special.

Sam has been hunting, shooting, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors for as long as he can remember. For this reason and the desire to give back to those that have sacrificed so much, is why he wants to be a part of Warriors for Freedom.

Sam is married to a beautiful soul, Donna, and God blessed them with an amazing daughter, Reagan, in 2015.

Sam now has several other business ventures throughout Oklahoma City and have expanded their Twin Peaks locations throughout OKC, Tulsa and Arkansas.

This is all possible because of what the men and women of our branches of military have fought and died for. Giving back to our veterans and ensuring they know they are appreciated is paramount in both his personal and professional life. Being on the Board of Directors for the Warriors for Freedom is very fulfilling and seeing the look on our veterans faces when they realize that they are home and appreciated is immeasurable.

 

Misty Swartz, Board Advisor

Misty graduated from Putnam City North High School and attended University of Central Oklahoma. Misty has 20 plus years in the Insurance industry as an insurance agent before she moved into the worker’s compensation industry; where she traveled throughout the US, holding various titles as Regional Director of Sales, Director of National Sales and Vice President of Medicare Marketing. As her daughter entered her senior year of high school, she decided she didn’t want to miss out on anything. Since then, she has been with Champlin Broadcasting, 99.7 Hank FM and AM 1640 The Eagle, as their Senior Director of Marketing & Communications.

Misty and her husband, Bobby, have been married since 2014. She has a daughter, Sydney, that is a full-time college student, works fulltime and recently married her husband, Michael. She also has a step son and daughter in law, Austin & Kim; they both work full-time and are in college. Misty also has a beautiful grandbaby girl, Raegan. Misty and Bobby are proud to be Raegan’s Lollie & Pops.

Misty has many close friends and family that have served in the military, which includes- Misty’s dad who served in the Army and her brother served in the Navy during Desert Shield. Her husband was also in the Army reserves, and he’s been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years. Her son in law currently serves in the Oklahoma National Guard.

Misty has been a proud supporter of Warriors for Freedom for the past 2 years. Misty would like to join the Warriors for Freedom Board to be able to make an impact on the lives of the veterans in her life, those she meets daily and those within her community.

 

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.