History




The History of Pain Free Patriots

Doug Huseby founded Becker Furniture World in 1978 and has always been interested in results. When his business became successful, he had a strong desire to give back to the community. His objective was to create a charitable organization that delivered tangible and significant results to those in need in the local community of Becker, MN. In 1993, Doug and his wife, Julie, established BFW Charities as a 501(c)3 non-profit. It started with community requests from individuals who were in need of basic home furnishings.

Over the years, the reach of the non-profit has grown beyond the Becker community to the entire state of Minnesota. In this spirit, we have identified a need beyond our local giving and expanded the non-profit work to fill needs on a state-wide or national scope as we get funding.

Doug started working with Veterans in 2010 after a visit to a military surplus store with his grandson. One of the store’s employees was a 30-year-old military veteran who was in severe physical pain from his service. Doug offered him a grant to cover the cost of treatment for chronic pain, and this was the unofficial beginning of the Pain Free Patriots program.

What started as a pilot to see if we could make a difference in the life of the one Veteran described above has turned into the Pain Free Patriots program, to fill a much larger need. As of 2015, BFW Charities has refocused its mission under the name Pain Free Patriots to help military service members and Veterans that need relief from chronic pain in Minnesota and nationally as funding is secured. There are 200,000 Veterans in Minnesota and more than 4 million nationwide with chronic pain that need our help.