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CATCH A LIFT was started as a memorial to Cpl. Chris Coffland and founded on his lifelong philosophy that through physical fitness you can achieve your highest potential for a healthy mind and body.

His dedication and mindfulness to physical fitness was part of a daily regimen his entire life. He actively encouraged others to participate as well, so that they could lead a healthier and well balanced life.

Everyday Coffland would say "I'm goin' catch a lift"; his way of saying, he was off to the gym. In keeping with Coffland's commitment to fitness and his dedication to the wellness of others, CAL will assist wounded veterans to become physically and mentally fit again through gifted gym memberships.



To help wounded post 9-11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships or home gym equipment, anywhere in the United States.




  • Research has shown that early intervention through physical fitness results in successful rehabilitation for wounded veterans.
  • Returning veterans Post 9-11: 53,000+ wounded, 320,000 with TBI and over 400,000 with PTSD
  • Suicide rate amongst returning veterans: 22 per day; that is 1 veteran every 65 minutes.(DVA 2/2014). Over 30% of returning veterans have considered suicide.
  • 120-150 minutes of exercise weekly greatly improves overall health, helps to control weight, reduces the risk of heart disease, strengthens bones and muscles and improves mental health.



For wounded veterans post 9-11, CATCH A LIFT will pay for yearly gym memberships. If the wounded veteran's requires assistance from their VA Caregiver, their membership will be granted as well. CATCH A LIFT also provides in-home gym equipment, if the vet is unable to attend a gym. See VET APPLICATION for more information.



Make a donation. Donations are our largest source of funding. You can donate easily on our secured DONATIONS page at any time. For your convenience, donations can be made through our secured payment link, using a credit or debit card. Checks can be mailed as well. Catch A Lift is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, TAX ID#27-3901149.

Become a volunteer. You can volunteer by helping spread local community awareness, sponsoring a fundraising event or participating in a fundraising event. Click on our VOLUNTEER page and become involved today.

Become a Corporate Sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting Contact Us .

CATCH A LIFT is a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization, TAX ID#27-3901149. After your donation is submitted, a confirmation will be sent and act as your receipt. Please print confirmation and retain for your tax records.


How to Apply

Please see the VET APPLICATION page for all directions on applying.




Any gym in the United States may be chosen by the veteran with the exception of Planet Fitness facilities which do not accept any form of payment that Catch A Lift offers.

It is the veteran's responsibility to provide the gym information and contact person on the application form. CATCH A LIFT will grant the yearly membership for the wounded veteran and if needed, the VA CAREGIVER, in compliance with the gyms and CATCH A LIFT's criteria. See GYMS ACROSS AMERICA.


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