Warrior Foundation – Sandy Lehmkuhler is the founder and CEO of Warrior Foundation Freedom Station (WFFS)
March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Established in 2004, WFFS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is a leading force in assisting, honoring, and supporting the military men and women who have bravely served and sacrificed for our country. As a Navy wife and mother for over 30 years, Sandy has devoted her boundless patriotism and spirit of service to Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station for the last 16 years, positively impacting the lives of thousands of injured service members. She is one of the most well-respected champions for our nation’s heroes in the San Diego region and beyond.
While volunteering at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2004, Sandy was distraught to learn that the hospital’s injured were lacking some basic quality-of-life items. Spurred by a conversation with two amputees who asked for special electric razors for Christmas, she went on the radio to make a plea for donations and Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station was born. Since then, the nonprofit has assisted service members at Camp Pendleton, Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Base San Diego, Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and more.
Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station focuses on the key areas of quality-of-life items, support services, and transitional housing. In 2011, the foundation proudly opened Freedom Station, a first-of-its-kind transitional housing residence and recovery support center for warriors who are being medically retired from the military. Sandy’s work and dedication have been recognized by numerous organizations. She was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Hope Award, awarded by the Department of Defense, for her service to Navy families. Sandy has also received the American Red Cross “Real Heroes” Award for making a lasting and positive impact in the lives of military members in our community. The San Diego Military Advisory Council also honored Sandy with the Nancy Dix Award for Civilian Individual Community Achievement. She is married to CWO4 Brian Lehmkuhler, U.S. Navy (ret.) and is extremely proud of both of her daughters, who have both served the nation in the U.S. government and the military. The Lehmkuhlers reside in San Diego, California.