Since 1988 Operation Freedom Bird has sponsored Arizona combat veterans suffering from PTSD on an annual healing journey to Washington D.C.

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An annual Healing Journey for AZ Combat Veterans

Operation Freedom Bird is a four-day healing journey to Washington D.C. that helps Arizona combat veterans of all conflicts to reduce symptoms of unresolved PTSD, grief, and loss. Each year, approximately 50 Veterans are selected to participate in this healing journey on Veterans Day to visit the War Memorials in Washington D.C. Participants are selected by Veteran Center counselors throughout Arizona. In 31 years there has not been a single suicide among program participants.

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 


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The donation of time is highly valuable to us. Please reach out to fnd out how to get involved.


OFB has various events during the year from a golf tournament to fundraising dinners.

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OFB was founded by America West Airlines Captain (retired) Pat Lynch, a decorated Vietnam Veteran in 1988 with the support of America West Airlines. Now supported by Southwest Airlines.

Veteran Center and VA Counselors select the participants for the annual healing journey.

As a registered 501 C (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (Tax ID number EIN86-1002705), Operation Freedom Bird spends 95 cents of every dollar donated toward its goal of transporting 50 veterans to Washington D.C. for this healing journey.  This ranks it in the top 1% of non-profit profiles nationally.

In addition to several trips to the National Mall, the program itinerary includes a trip to Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the 9-11 Memorial located at the Pentagon.  This program provides these veterans a unique opportunity to confront their feelings, share their experiences, and pay tribute to their fallen comrades-in-arms in a supportive environment of fellow veterans and concerned counselors.

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TAX ID NUMBER: EIN86-1002705

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