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Allied Forces Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Connecticut and is registered with the IRS as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Charitable contributions to Allied Forces Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Tax ID: 45-2048658. Connecticut Registered Charity No.: CHR.0055729.

Part of AFF’s founding mandate is to raise common awareness and funds in the addressing of in-patient & out-patient treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and other non-visible wounds.


Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is an anxiety disorder that develops in reaction to physical injury or severe mental or emotional distress, such as may occur in military combat or violent assault.

PTS affects 10-20 percent of veterans in the United States. While the issue gets much more attention today than it did in past decades, support remains scant.

All too frequently, returning veterans do not seek, or know where to start looking for, treatment for such problems. Depression can be a dark hole, and for some it can be hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel on return from deployment. This can lead to domestic or marriage problems, alcoholicism or even suicide.

AFF seeks to join others in assisting to rectify these issues by the rekindling of self-worth and confidence through sport and comradeship. It is important that PTS sufferers know that they are not alone in their struggles. By creating more public awareness and generating funds, we can all help.

An example of work towards these aims is our partnership with Azalea Charities, with whom we have worked since our inception, on weekly PTS programs with Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center of Haymarket, VA.

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Return here presently for more on the development of our work with PTS.

In 2014, Marine Joshua Ploetz (USMC, rtd.)  faced up to his own challenges with PTS by “Paddling off the War” down the 2,500 miles of the Mississippi. Josh raised funds for the AFF and other charities…

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