Wounded Warrior Project

Wow. I hadn’t looked closely into the Wounded Warrior Project, because I had made an assumption that an organization that has numerous celebrities, musicians, media deals, etc. was legitimate, and that any organization with a profile as wide and well known as the Wounded Warrior Project’s would withstand scrutiny.

It appears I was wrong. I am going to leave this here without much comment, and let you decide.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) pays millions of dollars for commercials showing injured service members. Many were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (why?). I have talked to many Veterans who were promised many things from WWP and did not receive anything in return for the use of their likeness in commercials and print ads.

The commercials do not mention anything WWP does to help the injured service members. Listen closely to the commercials as they parade an injured veteran around like an injured animal. They pay famous actors and musicians to pull on the nation’s heart strings. Fox News takes millions in commercial revenue from WWP, along with A&E and other T.V. networks. I have written to Fox and others begging them to investigate for themselves. I imagine they too are blocked by a non-disclosure agreement.

WWP has many paid board members; this is not legal, according to their own company bylaws. WWP claims that only one board member is compensated. In addition, they have multiple board members and employees who are former Veterans Administration employees, including the former head of the Veterans Administration. This allows the WWP to tap into federal grants that may not otherwise be available. WWP has made sure to hire board members from high places to give credence to their claims. I beg to differ and believe most people will too.

WWP has twelve or more offices in seven states employing thousands of civilian employees and very few former veterans. These employees should be volunteers. Yet every dime they collect for their paycheck is on the back of an actual injured veteran who needs assistance. I called and talked with six different paid civilian employees, and all stated that WWP does not award any type of financial assistance. Injured Veterans do not want to go on trips very often; however, they do need financial assistance while going through their recovery.

WWP uses other non-profits and organizations to provide trips and special events. Why are they not using their own donations? I believe they have so many employees working on collecting donations and soliciting help from other organizations that the actual help to veterans is minimal in comparison to donations.

WWP uses Non-Disclosure agreements with actors and employees to keep them from telling the truth about where the money actually goes. One pilot who used to do Air Shows with them shared this information with me; he said the WWP wanted them to exit the room with donors so they could be in complete control of donations. He refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement because they were taking all the credit for the air shows he and others were performing.

Read the rest in the link I provided above, and do your research before you give them or any other charity your support.

11 responses

  1. I have smelled the same rat here that I smelled with other “charities”. Maybe I’m too cynical but their over the top ads turn my stomach and I have always questioned whether they have any value at all. Thanks for going into this. Charity begins at home, folks. Put your money where you can watch it.

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  2. The American Legion Riders in New Mexico has a fundraiser called Operation Wounded Warrior that I was told started because WWP kept 87% of their donations for overhead. I had no idea the douchebags were keeping it all.

    The NM Legion Riders fundraisers send 100% of all donations to BAMCS; all overhead is from volunteers and out of pocket from the Legion Rider Chapters and Legion Posts. I have heard the Texas Legion Riders do the same thing. I really don’t know anything about what other states are doing except the Arizona Legion who sends their donations to Balboa.

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    1. I’m pretty upset about this. If true, this is twisted beyond belief, and a lot of people have been hoodwinked. If you know any other info, or if anyone else does (evidence, not conjecture), please do post it here.

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  3. I don’t think they’re much different than most charities. The amount of money is too inviting, the lack of experience with allocating resources is lacking and those involved eventually realize nobody is really paying attention.

    I’d rather give a few dollars to a bum on the street than give money to charities, except the Salvation Army.

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  4. I know for certain the NM ALR sends 100% to BAMCS, and we don’t like the WWP. (no conjecture there.)

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  5. I saw this on Facebook and checked Charity Navigator, which gives them 3 out of 4 possible stars. That said, almost half of the money raised by WWP is used for non-program expenses. In comparison, four star charities like Fisher House send ~97% of funds to program costs! I know where my charity dollars are going…not to an organization that eats up almost half of their money in non charity expenses.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842#.UqPgE42hVpk

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    1. Thank you for this!

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  6. WW has become the same closed-door money-making sham of charity that Komen did many moons ago.

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  7. Thanks for this info, Nicki. I was tempted to sign up for that $19/month pledge. Now I’m glad I didn’t. I sent your column to some friends who I know DID sign up. They need to be bled dry if they’re doing this crap.

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  8. Ah, you missed the kerfluffle about them and their not-2A-friendly stance earlier this year, I take it?

    Tom Gresham on Gun Talk(tm) covered it fairly well, as well as TTAG and The High Road….

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  9. This is why my annual Blogshoot did not raise funds for WWP this year, instead giving the money to Soldiers’ Angels. Look at WWP’s filings and see how many of their paid staff/board members are pulling down six-figure checks and you’ll want to visit their offices just to punch someone.

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