iWarriors was founded in 2011 by Tim and Kim Bartz after given the opportunity to support a group of wounded warriors from the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines based at Camp Pendleton, CA. The Marines had recently been injured in Helmand Province, Afghanistan during the units 7 months deployment that began the autumn of 2010. The Bartz’s raised over $10,000 from members of the American Mold Builders Association to support the group of warriors. The couple traveled from their home in Minnesota to Balboa Naval hospital in San Diego to present iPad gift packages to 15 wounded warriors, most of which returned from Afghanistan as single, double, and triple amputees. The ipads were given to the Marines to help them stay in touch with loved ones while they underwent months of surgery, rehabilitation and recovery. After returning home the Bartz’s set up the 501(c)3 nonprofit iWarriors.org.
With growing support since 2011 iWarriors.org now offers the iPad program to wounded warriors from all branches of the US