- Judy K. Souders
- Vice President & Co-Founder
- (239) 257-3410 x. 1
I was born in Livingston, TN and moved to West Palm Beach, FL when I was 5 years old. My father was a heavy equipment operator that helped build most of the roads and highway infrastructure in South Florida. I moved to Daytona Beach, FL where I worked and raised both of my children.
I owned a commercial and residential cleaning company for more than 20 years when I meet my husband David Souders while he was attending Embry Riddle University. We merged our two companies, known as Judy's Law "N" Order, Inc., in 1994. The companies preformed commercial cleaning, commercial grounds maintenance, irrigation, and pest control. Due to family illness in 1999, we sold our company and moved to Greeneville, TN to take care of my family and purchased Wolf Branch Nursery & Equipment Supply.
In 2003, we closed Wolf Branch Nursery & Equipment Supply and I retired for a short period of time. Upon moving to Germantown, MD and then to Charles Town, West Virginia I remained retired until 2005, when I decided to get back in the workforce. I obtained a certificate as a certified mortgage banker.
I started working as a VA mortgage banker at BancStar Mortgage in Bethesda, MD until 2007 when I decided to take my services closer to home at Alcova Mortgage as senior VA mortgage banker. This position was also closer to David's military base at the 167th Airlift Wing of West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
In 2009, I retired and became a full-time caregiver after David's last deployment and a botched surgery at the Washington VA Medical Center. In 2010, after searching for something to make a difference in David's outlook on life, we developed the concept of Wounded Warrior Anglers and started our program as David began fishing for his individual therapy at The Indian River Inlet Bridge and Coast Guard Station.
In 2011, we moved to the Cape Coral, FL and David accepted a position with the USDA, Rural Development in the North Fort Myers area.
Shortly after arriving in SWFL, David and I started working with other wounded warriors as he took them fishing aboard our 22' Shearwater and Wounded Warrior Anglers of America was destine to blossom. In June of 2012, we filed for our 501c3 status and by the lord's hand and blessings, David, Tate, and I received our letter 947 from the Internal Revenue Service by October stating:
We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. Because this letter could help resolve any questions regarding your exempt status, you should keep it in your permanent records.
Organizations exempt under section 50lc 3 of the Code are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. We determined that you are a public charity under the Code section(s) listed in the heading of this letter.
Please see enclosed Publication 4221-PC, Compliance Guide for 50lc 3 Public Charities, for some helpful information about your responsibilities as an exempt organization.
On September 21, 2016, as part of the Board of Directors for Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc., I was proud to be a positive influence for change, as we embarq on the mission of move forward with our organization. We voted to change the bame to the American Military Veterans Foundation, Inc.
My greatest accomplishment has been the ability to continually give back and touch the lives of the veterans, caregivers, and their children, who have attended our event, or are a member of American Military Veterans Foundation, Inc.
One should not be measured by their personal accomplishment, but by the lives that they are able to touch and make a difference in.