Defenders of Freedom (DOF) provides post-9/11 veterans with the critical emergency assistance and support services needed to successfully navigate the difficult transition from active duty to civilian life. Through our network of caring and compassionate staff, volunteers, and collaborative community partners, DOF delivers essential stop-gap emergency financial assistance, resume preparation, employment searches, referrals and advocacy, and peer mentoring programs to wounded and transitioning veterans in Texas and across the United States (U.S.).
DOF was founded in 2004 by Donna Cranston. As the mother of a son deployed in Iraq, Donna combined her personal experiences as a military mom with her passion and desire to help our veterans succeed as they returned home with honor.
The agency helps 80-100 veterans annually, including female veterans, active duty military, and guard and reserve members. Because the agency is small and usually limited on funds, its priority is post-9/11 veterans who deployed to the Middle East, with combat troops taking priority.
DOF looks at each case individually, but generally will not serve veterans with dishonorable discharges. Other than honorables are welcome.
DOF does not maintain office hours at its location. They take phone calls on an ongoing basis, then set a time to meet the veteran in the office for an intake interview.
The agency will require a DD 214 for veterans, an ERB (Enlisted Record Brief) for active duty, and any follow up disability papers from the VA. Pay stubs are appreciated for those employed.