Badges United Foundation

Enhancing the overall wellness of First Responders and families

Badges United Foundation is dedicated to helping our First Responders in anyway possible. After experiencing critical incidents on a daily basis, First Responders struggle with invisible wounds. They may experience anxiety, depression, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and other common symptoms of cumulative stress. Often, the weight of their experiences makes it difficult to reach out for help, socialize with others, or even get out of the house.

Our programming is specifically focused to help First Responders build healthy habits and expand their social support. We understand the struggle and continue to find ways to positively impact our First Responders’ lives. Our programming is evolving to determine the most effective ways to have a positive impact on First Responders and their families.

Owner Profile

Kimberly DeFiori

Kim graduated from West Point as a Military Police Officer in 2008 and deployed to Afghanistan. After she redeployed, she tried to push past her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but finally realized she needed to ask for help. Kim spent two years healing from PTSD through various methods from 1 on 1 therapy to snowboarding in Vail. She found the path to healing was through a mindfulness journey and experience. Kim serves as the CEO with her PTSD service dog, Thor. She is currently working towards her MBA at Cornell University.