Following a wartime injury and separation from service I felt both bitter about being "let go" from the Army and hesitant to call myself a "service-disabled" person because I had seen other soldiers who were hurt so much worse than I was. I felt like I didn't belong as either a veteran or a civilian. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) brought me in to a SoldierRide event and just accepted me. Surrounded by other warriors- some with severe injuries and some with invisible wounds, I just felt included. I was never separated out within the group for being "not injured enough" or "not injured in the right way". They just made me feel part of the team. My experience was so positive, in fact, that I later looked for job opportunities with their team- they just made me feel whole.
I participated in the 2016 soldier ride in Jacksonville, Fl.
It was a great experience and a very motivating experience. I got to spend time with fellow veterans and feel that comradery I felt while enlisted. The WWP team were really loving and helpful and welcoming. You could tell they love what they do and have a passion for helping veterans out! I recommend it to all wounded warriors.
I have participated in previous events hosted by the WWP. This is an AWESOME organization. I had the privilege to participate in the WWP Soldier Bike Ride 2016 in Jacksonville and it was amazing. The staff had it really organized and well-put together. The schedule was not overwhelming. The accommodations were on-point! The camaraderie was the best - great bunch of positive-minded veterans who gave it their all! Just want to thank all the supporters and donors of WWP. Without your giving we could not do what we do through WWP. Thanks to all the hardworking people who sacrifice their time and effort to help us all lead a better and more productive life! GOD bless you all!
I have yet seen any type of support and ALL of the activities in Illinois that they set up are not even close to what I like doing. I am an outdoor enthusiast period, I said that in the questionnaire that I received almost a year ago and I have yet had a response or have seen anything about Fishing or hunting. WHAT A JOKE!
I came from the desert war myself. I was medivac do to heart and tbi issues. My issues were not bomb explosive issues or anything extreme like this. I did see folks with injuries and wounds that I never want to see again. At the time I was a Navy Cop and a Navy Corpsman so I saw a lot of both. So when I was send back to the hospital, wounded warrior project rep was there to see us. She was very nice, and WWP helped me and my friends to adapt more easily. I remember from previous deployments in the Marines, when we came back, there was nothing there, not even a thank you! WWP was there from beg to end! They gave us civilian clothes, and see other vets to help each other out! The military teaches us how to be a team, and I truly love WWP because they are what that is...a TEAM! WWP, I wish you were here during the first Gulf war, because when I had to deal with some wounded at the hospital from there, it was sad. I could have used that help at that time, but I am always appreciated of your help to others! I support WWP all the time no matter what! They are my go to team always! I will go to them first before my wife because they know what we go through! Peace to all of you! And thanks for your service my brothers and sisters!
I have utilized several programs and found that they are one of the few that truly care about the individual veterans. They got me a job using W2W and I utilized several other programs with positive results.
After the WWP lost Tim Grossman, the VA benefits team has gone to crap. I have lost all faith in the WWP claims department. No this has nothing to do with winning or losing my claim. Its strictly about communication, assistance, and caring none of which my WWP David Hill or my regional manager gave a damn about. My claim was finished, never heard a word from either one weeks before or after my claim was completed. Come to find out the regional manager was fired and the WWP didn't think...hey lets contact the veterans on her case load and provide a status up or introduce them to the new regional manager. I wrote David Hill several emails, at first he responded then he got lost in cyber space.....So I recommend you find another VSO or Veterans lawyer (like I did that communicates with me weekly with out asking).
All in All: avoid Tracy Pennycuick (whom was fired) and David Hill (AKA Extremely useless) at all costs or your claim will never get awarded in your favor...
I mean where do I begin? The Wounded Warrior project is simply AWESOME! They are just a bunch of awesome people EVERY single one of them! They are always looking out for veterans like me AND my family. I tell all my Veteran friends about the Wounded Warrior Project. They are always concerned about my needs and look out for my wants as well. They treat me and my family like GOLD!. The benefits team goes above and beyond and not only because I won my VA claim but because of how they informed me of the process and explained everything to me and didn't make any broken promises. I'm very proud to wear my WWP shirts and hats and brag to everyone about them. I highly recommend supporting and becoming a part of this nonprofit.
The Soldier Ride was far more that just a bike ride. Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with fellow warriors who understand my plight. It a very short period of time I gained 38 brothers and sisters, that to Wounded Warrior Project. There is one upsetting factor, you can only participate twice in a lifetime.
I've been out of the Army since June 2014 and have done numerous events with other veterans through the WWP and have even brought my family for many of them. I've done so many things that I never thought I could do all thanks to the WWP. I am so honored to be apart of something that cares to give back and the staff are all great to be around and work with. I've used WWP To help increase my VA disability to indoor skydiving. If I've learned one thing, it's that the sky is the limit with the WWP. Thank you all for all your hard work and dedication and for allowing myself and my family to participate in so many events!!
I have been a member since my discharge in 2007. First of all, let me mention that, unlike DAV, which double claims it's employees as disabled personnel served, the post 9-11 disabled vets that are employed by WWP are NOT claimed as veterans serviced by this organization EVER, let alone every year. Yes, a couple of disreputable people in the management portion of the organization made the FANTASTIC good works of the rest of these AWESOME, HARD-WORKING & CARING people less visible BUT, for the majority of the veterans I have encountered, this is THE VERY BEST of ALL the Veterans Service Organizations EVER! The Resource Center has so VERY MANY contacts they even OUTREACH for NON 9-11 PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY other VETERANS!! Over the years WWP has reached out to me again and again to make sure I am okay and integrating back into society. This summer, my air conditiong broke down and, grateful that I even have a roof over my head I was hesitant to ask for help, but living solely on disability, I asked anyhow. WWP put me in touch with Operation Home Front (even poked them a little to speed up the process) and I now have air conditioning again - Important as I have a medical condition that effects my breathing and ability to sweat (I don't). THANK YOU WWP for all you do for all of us!! If WWP cannot help directly, 99.9% of the time they WILL find a resource to help, unless the VETERAN shuts them out!
Never done anything for me.. member since 2009.. said they help.. but never followed through on their word... the new Ceo got his job by the good ole boy system.. because he served under the Chairman of the board dads in the Army... I am not important enough for them to help... turned into nothing but away to make millions off others injuries.. I got a hat.. and stickers..my bad... donate to a cause that really helps veterans.. not just spending millions on advertising... for you all that love it... great.. but they lied to me.. didn't follow through.. and I don't live in a major city where they can meet me and make friends.. so I get denied on anything I try to do..