Captain John Woodall
President & Founder
Captain John “Woody” Woodall is a retired Fire Captain from Raleigh N.C. He was the Chief of Operations with the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation from Feb. 2000 until Feb. 2011. He was the official liaison from N.C. to New York after Sept. 11, 2001. During this time Captain Woodall researched the best ways possible to assist the families of the 343 firefighters killed on 9-11. He found the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation who was in desperate need of transportation for the families. Through this research, four fifteen-passenger vans were donated to the foundation and $380,000 donated to the Thomas Elsasser Fund. This fund was set up for non-line of duty deaths; two retired firefighters that were not in an official capacity were also killed on 9-11 trying to help others. During this time the firefighters of NC collected over $7,500,000 for the families of 9-11.
To date, Captain Woodall has traveled to New York 207 times since 9-11. Sixteen years ago Captain Woodall and several of his FDNY friends started taking care packages to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and having picnics at the Fisher House and the Mologne House for wounded veterans staying on campus for long-term treatment. Captain Woodall founded an organization called Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF, Inc.). This organization has fundraisers for gift cards and other services for the families. They also host a very large Christmas Party and Super Bowl party at Walter Reed each year. Captain Woodall is an Ambassador for The Gary Sinise Foundation and assists other organizations like Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon, Truckin’ 4 Troops, and Villagers for Veterans in Florida. Captain Woodall believes that we are here to serve those that have sacrificed so much and served us by keeping our great nation free.
Captain Woody is also an Elvis tribute artist and has sung for the families of 9-11 at Shea Stadium in New York on Family Day. He has been singing for several years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital for the wounded vets and their families. He has opened for Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band on numerous occasions and traveled to Afghanistan in January 2014 and performed 12 shows for the troops. Captain Woodall has also been asked to sing “The National Anthem” on numerous occasions, most recently, the SC Air and Ground Show at McEntire Joint National Guard Base and Ray Chavez’s 105th birthday celebration. Ray is the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor in the United States.
Captain Woodall is also an artist and has paintings across the country and one hanging at Walter Reed National Military Hospital. Two of his paintings have sold for $100,000 each and 100% of the money went to help wounded veterans. He got back into art after he was in an explosion that left him in respiratory therapy for over a year. He was diagnosed with PTSD in June of 2007. Art has been a lifesaver for him. He has worked tirelessly to assist in any way to help our severely wounded veterans.
In working with wounded veterans for 16 years, Captain Woodall realized that recognizing where they are in their journey to rebuild their lives and providing a sanctuary of tranquility, understanding, and respect was one of the best ways to make a difference. 20-25 Veterans and 11-15 First Responders take their lives every day. Through interventions and working together, having someone to talk to that really understands, and showing them that they do have something to offer coming back into society really makes a difference. This realization gave birth to Camp4Heroes, offering them a place of peace, tranquility, and purpose.