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WILDOMAR, Calif. (April 6, 2022) –U.S. Navy veteran Frank Arteaga and his family recently received brand-new stainless steel kitchen appliances courtesy of Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish program.
With aging appliances that weren’t functioning properly, the family of six was having an array of issues with their refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.
“Every time we would cook, the oven would heat up the whole house, and the food would come out uneven,” said Arteaga. “With our dishwasher, we would have to run the hot water just to get that to work, and we constantly had to order new parts for the fridge and spend time fixing that.”
The Warrior’s Wish program fulfills a desire for a better quality-of-life beyond recovery or supports a quest for life-gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
“When I heard about the Warrior’s Wish program, I immediately thought about my family because the kitchen is our hub,” said Arteaga. “We try to make cooking together a habit by gathering in the kitchen. [Because of the new appliances] we can move smoothly, the dinners are even better than they were before, and the kids are able to help with things, so it brings us even closer.”
Arteaga joined the U.S. Navy in 1995 after high school and served as a religious program specialist for 14 years. He was stationed overseas twice and served in Iraq after 9/11. While in Iraq, Arteaga sustained injuries resulting in PTSD and other medical conditions.
Since 2006, Hope For The Warriors has provided over $1 million in grants, assisting with 226 wishes.
This class of Warrior’s Wish recipients includes grants to expand hobbies, new kitchen appliances, much needed family time and more:
“We all know the kitchen is the hub to any home,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “We’re honored to help restore a part of the Arteaga family’s hub to help make life a little easier for this deserving family.”
Throughout 2022, five veterans will receive a Warrior’s Wish from the national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors. Since 2006, Hope For The Warriors has provided over $1 million in grants, assisting with 226 wishes.
About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 40,000 through a variety of support programs focused on health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 183 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.