Our History


Wyakin Foundation

The Wyakin Warrior Foundation was founded in 2010 by Jeff and Rebecca Bacon along with Idaho State Senator Marv Hagedorn, to provide a pathway for wounded and injured post-9/11 veterans to transition through education into careers of their choosing. After a year of careful planning and tremendous response from the community, five veterans were selected as the inaugural class of Wyakin Warriors. In August 2011 the Wyakin Foundation officially welcomed this class into the program.

Fast forward to today, and program retention and job placement rates remain world-class. Our Warriors to a graduation rate nearly twice the national average. Among the most comprehensive and effective transition programs in the nation, we’ve been “Best in Class” among “Battlefield to the Community” programs by the USO. The need for the program continues as hundreds of thousands of veterans face the challenges of transition from active duty service to the civilian community each year.

The Wyakin Foundation has grown, evolved, and matured in response to the needs of the population we serve, but the passionate and singular pursuit of our mission remains the guiding force behind our efforts.