Mr. Mock and I have been supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project for quite some time. You've probably seen the ads on TV. Here's the one that got to me the most:
The Wounded warrior project is a great organization that has helped many of my fellow soldiers. They don't associate with politically dividing issues. It's not that they want gun control, they only focus on wounded soldiers, nothing else.
Knowing that WWP has had a booth at trade shows and various gun shows across the US, takes wounded warriors on hunts and range days, raffles guns and accessories as fundraisers, etc., their policy didn't make much sense.
.Mock, Daisy and my fellow COTR readers,My parents asked me a similar question recently about the portion of their charity donations they set aside for veterans programs.My point was that WWP started as a noble and well intentioned effort, if my understanding is correct, early in the GWOT one of WWP’s founders was visiting Walter Reed / Bethesda and noticed the wounded vets used makeshift bookbags to hang on the backs of their wheelchairs to stash/carry paperwork/water bottles/errata. One soldier had improved on the bookbag design that kept slipping off the handles of his chair and had started a cottage industry "modding" wheelchair bags for his fellow vets. WWP's founder with good intentions, started raising money to have these specially designed bags fabricated, imprinted with the original Wounded Warrior Project logo and then freely distributing the bags across the DoD/VA hospital system. Word got out and the rest is history ( FYE 2011 revenue $74million)My problem with WWP is that over a third of their revenue goes to raising more revenue. This inefficiency throws them down into the "3 ring" of Charity Navigator's Financial vs. Accountability scoring matrix. Bottom line, FNC doesn't run all those WWP spots as PSA's, they're well compensated to do so. On a personal note and recognizing that there are many of my brother and sister disabled veterans who have needs far greater than my own, in two decades as a 100% service connected wounded warrior, no one from Wounded Warrior Project has ever contacted me other than to shill for a $19.95 per month pledge.I would strongly recommend the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing and financial support for the families of wounded service members and veterans while near the respective military or VA hospitals. Also of note is the Gary Sinese Foundation.Hope this helps and once again, thank you all for your steadfast support for our Nation's active duty, reserves and veterans.
I would strongly recommend the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing and financial support for the families of wounded service members and veterans while near the respective military or VA hospitals. Also of note is the Gary Sinese Foundation.
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