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Dec 28, 2021

How can a nonprofit transition into a foundation? Are you thinking about moving from providing services to a more foundation-based program? This is one of the many topics discussed with Anthony from the Wings of Warriors Foundation.  

Conversation Highlights: 

{00:43} Introduction to Anthony and the "Wings for Warriors Foundation."

{06:49} Anthony's faith story.

{09:38} How to sift through everything and learn not to worry.

{11:48} When you have problems with trust, you can lean toward Micromanaging.

{15:22} The importance of conversations.

{20:53} Changing from a traditional nonprofit to a foundation.

{25:59} Lifting the troubles and the challenges of those communities you are serving.

{27:50} Moving from providing services to a more foundation-based program

{31:19} Knowing what criteria you care about. How to focus on the right things.

 Remarkable quotes: 

Anthony: "I came home, broke into a broken health care system."

Anthony: "Being a corpsman, I saw both sides of the health care spectrum."

Anthony: "Helping others allowed me to regain perspective."

Anthony: "I Shifted that perspective and channeled the negativity into a positive outlook."

Travis: "My faith, my service, and my spouse build my foundation."

Anthony: "If you move from public to private, there is a serious amount of paperwork.

Anthony: "Medical organizations make mistakes."




Bio for Anthony Ameen

Anthony Ameen's life changed in an instant in 2008. And it's been evolving ever since…


As a Hospital Corpsman, Ameen earned the nickname "Doc" as he embraced a culture of order and duty. His catastrophic battlefield injury changed the course of the life he envisioned. Still, Anthony eventually chose to view his new path as one that would be watered by the nurtured outflow of the adversity he had faced. His experiences, though challenging at times, allowed him to see the potential for change and fueled an entrepreneurial spirit within him, which led to his creation of the non-profit Wings for Warriors.


Under Ameen's leadership, the non-profit organization matured from an idea to a nationally recognized foundation that aims to advocate for veterans' holistic and spiritual needs, first responders, and their families. As Founder & CEO, Anthony personally counseled more than 5,000 veterans and helped launch Wings for Warriors outlets in 30 different cities across the country.


It quickly became clear that the grit, determination, perseverance, and leadership capabilities "Doc" channeled in the military served him well in civilian life as an entrepreneur, an advocate, and a nationally recognized public figure. He is the face and the lifeblood of Wings for Warriors. He brings invites from national media outlets, speaking engagements at large-scale events, and sponsorships earned from Fortune 500 companies.


Along the way, Doc turned his focus into co-founding and building Taylor & Lawrence, a boutique consulting firm specializing in serving the Department of Defense (DoD) and Healthcare industries by unearthing strategic business partnerships for increased performance and quality patient care.


Ameen's past continues to fuel his future. And his story provokes anyone listening to realize they have not fully tapped every ounce of their potential. Anthony addresses his successes and pitfalls through his emotional and physical recovery in an uncommonly honest way, all while holding his listeners internally responsible for the changes they need to make to grow. Ameen's story incites change, triggers action, and spurs productivity. And, perhaps most importantly, it plants a seed of accountability.


When he isn't traveling for speaking engagements, Anthony spends time with his wife, and their four children, at their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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