Angels Without Wings, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation dedicated to giving relief to the poor, the distressed or underprivileged, and honoring those people and groups who help others, or help animals that are in need. We also honor animals that have served this country during war and peacetime. It was conceived on the notion that it only takes one person to make a difference, and how, with a little bit of one’s time, ingenuity and effort, we all can be Angels if we try. Gandhi’s quote, “You must be the change you want to see in the world,” is the backbone of our philosophy.
Our main thrust is to make the public aware of the different people and groups that are doing these great deeds, and to sponsor activities for the purpose of supporting other nonprofit charities – and to show the world that it doesn’t take much to make a change in a person’s life, or to help an innocent animal.
Our goal is for everyone to “Be the Change,” and to show that it really isn’t that hard to do – that each day, with a simple act of kindness, we can all be an Angel to somebody.
Another goal is to lend a greater voice to these people and groups doing great public service and humanitarian work.
What we do - A little act of kindness goes a long way
Here on our website, and by our example, we will show that everyone can become an Angel by deciding that every day if you can find one simple way to be kind to someone, or lend a hand, or help an animal in need – even it it’s just to open the door for someone, or help an elderly person across the street, or tend to a stray animal – that kindness can create a tiny ripple that will one day become a mighty current of change.
On a grander scale, if there is an emergency situation like a natural disaster like Katrina, or the devastating wildfires in California - we will do every effort to find ways to help those who have been put out by this event – from helping in shelters, to providing food and clothing drives.
In Addition: We will also work to help reunite Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with dogs that they befriended while serving their tour of duty overseas, and had to leave their pets behind when they came stateside. We will either do the work ourselves, or will team up with various groups that are doing this work. This will also be for those first responders and their working dogs.
Honoring those who serve others
Through our community bulletin board we will have people nominate “Angels” in their own community. We would like to feature each month an “Angel of the Month” – someone who is doing unique and incredible work in the service of others - and feature that person’s organization and how people can volunteer and support that group if they are so inclined. And at the end of the year the public can vote on their favorite “Angel”, and that Angel will not only receive an award, but a small a donation to their work.
Honoring animals who have served
There are several projects that have expanded our work honoring our four-legged and winged heroes substantially: MONUMENTS, MEDALS and a MUSEUM.
Staff Sergeant Reckless: For the last ten years, our DBA The Sgt. Reckless Memorial Fund has raised money for the incredible horse that was a US Marine who served during the Korean War as an ammunitions carrier. Reckless was so courageous in Korea that she was promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and listed as one of America’s All Time Greatest Heroes in Life Magazine. We have placed five monuments to SSgt Reckless: 1) the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA; 2) Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California where Reckless lived out her days and is buried. We also placed a memorial marker near her grave at Camp Pendleton, CA; 3) the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY; 4) is at a horse farm in Barrington Hills, IL that pairs veterans with PTSD with horses; and 5) the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, TX.
This monument serves not only to honor all animals (horses, mules, dogs) that have served our country in times of war – whether as mascots for our service men, or ammunitions carriers, like Sgt. Reckless - but all of those incredible men who served alongside Reckless in Korea and Camp Pendleton. She is an ambassador for all of those that served in the Forgotten War of Korea.
To learn more about Sgt. Reckless, click here.
MWD Lucca K458: Through our DBA Animals in War & Peace/International War Animals Museum we are doing the same for a monument to the Marine Corps K-9 Lucca K-458, who served four tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and went on over 400 patrols looking for IEDs, explosives, insurgents, etc.. We are working to place it at MCB Camp Pendleton where Lucca did some training and then recovered from her wounds there.
Click here to learn more about Lucca's monument and story.
On November 14, 2019, we initiated the new Animals in War & Peace Medal of Bravery where we honored 8 animals that have served our country in war and in peacetime. Click here to learn more about these incredible war heroes.
Our second ceremony scheduled for September 30, 2020 had to be postponed due to Covid-19. We are looking at Spring 2021 to do these honors. At this time we will also be instituting a Distinguished Service Medal.
The International War Animals Museum will be the first of its kind in the world. Filled with galleries, displays, interactive exhibits, events, statues and artifacts relating to war service animals, the museum will become a destination for people young and old to experience and appreciate the role animals have played in military history throughout the world. Many of their stories will also be told through creative and novel exhibits, including old film footage for a meaningful media experience.
Click here to learn more.
Angels Without Wings, Inc. is the parent 501c (3) non-profit organization that spearheaded the five monuments to Sgt Reckless; instituted the Animals Medal of Bravery and the International War Animals Museum; and the monument to Lucca K458. But there are many other things we do !
To honor animals that have served with Armed Forces in wartime with a permanent museum where their stories, and their valiant human handlers, will be appreciated and recognized for generations to come.
A monument honoring the Military Working Dog, Lucca K458. Lucca went on over 400 patrols during three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. She received one of the Inaugural Animals in War and Peace Medal of Bravery awards (#6) in November 2019.
Honoring those four-legged and winged heroes with America's only Medal of Bravery. The brand new Distinguished Service Medal will also be introduced at the next ceremony on Capitol Hill. Due to Covid-19, the 2nd Medal of Bravery ceremony has been postponed until Spring 2021.