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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

Results: By connecting, serving, and empowering wounded warriors, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. To view the results, please visit the How We Serve page on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/how-we-serve.

Target demographics: WWP connects wounded warriors and their families to valuable resources and one another, serves them through a variety of free programs and services, and empowers them to live life on their own terms. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Direct beneficiaries per year: As of fiscal year 2016, we’ve served more than 94,000 warriors and 20,000 family members. Visit our website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/who-we-serve.

Geographic areas served: WWP serves warriors nationwide and has office space in areas with the highest concentrations of warriors. For a full list of locations, please check the Visit Us page on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/visit-us.

Programs: Programs assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities. Thanks to generous donors, all programs and services are provided to warriors free of charge. For more detailed information, please visit the programs tab on our website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Jaimie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful to the Wounded Warrior Project for all that they did for the Soldier Ride - Chicago 2016. It gives an outlet for like minded people to come together and form bonds, camaraderie and life long friendships. Most participants are stepping out of their comfort zone and it takes a lot of courage for them to show up. The Wounded Warrior Project provides a space of neutral ground for us and I am so appreciative to have been approved, for their hospitality and all that is involved. This kind of event is a huge undertaking and I know there are many details behind the scenes, that we are not aware of. I personally was able to try something brand new, push myself and to receive encouragement. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that I will cherish forever!!!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I seriously cannot thank the Wound Warrior Project enough for all of their assistance, support and financial help. This year seemed to have given me some bumps in the road. I'm a woman Navy Veteran and a single house owner. I have been trying to make ends meet since leaving the military in 2007. Because of the WWP, I now have proper working plumbing. Also, my car died and the cost of the repairs (on a car I'm still paying for) were extremely beyond my budget. This could have been a hardship that would've been very challenging to deal with but again, the WWP came to my rescue. To add to my blessings, I am now about to participate with a WWP-Female Alumni Summit in Austin, TX. I have never been given such a wonderful opportunity to better myself and to have a mini-vacation. A huge part of this is the Minnesota Alumni Chairman, Louis Goldstein. He has always been there for me and never hesitates to reach out to see what he and the WWP can do. I have tears of joy just thinking about how truly wonderful everyone has been to me. I want to say THANK YOU to all involved and I appreciate what you do, not only for me, but all veterans! ~Jaimie Bahl, Minnesota

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1 Ddecker

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would not be alive if it were not for this organization. They were there for some of my darkest days. And gave me the opportunity to heal through helping other warriors.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

August of 1971. Lawrence, KANSAS, i arrived for a year post-graduate fulbright scholarship.
the campus was amazing. us in viet nam wat, color tv during meal time. and some by then hippie veterans - injured heroes - talking to me about their pains, sorrows, casualties, tears., amputed limbs. when they were aware i was portuguese, they taught me my hypocritical nazi country had threee diferente viet nam wars in ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE and GUINEA-BISSAU. We had no color tv, no live war scenes, because of salazar's dictatorship that was over on 04.25.1974. tomorrow's date. i was by then a non-fiction journalist and a reporter. before becoming an expose writer. WATERGATE, TOM WOLFE, THE WASHINGTON POST, CIVIL RIGHTS, FRED FRIENDLY, CHARLES GUGGENHEIM's advisor of the two murdered KENNEDYS (JOHN and ROBERT), MARTIN LUTHER KING, 1976's BICENTENNIAL - GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND FRONT LADIES!

3 Guardsman A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really have been very impressed with WWP. Everything they try to do is in the best interest of most OIF/OEF Veterans. The Project Odysseus that helps PTSD wounded vets recover. Equestrian Veteran therapy programs are outstanding also are work in process. I really think a lot of this negative publicity is because other veteran organizations ( DAV,VFW) feel threatened and see a lot of their contributions dropping. But starting a which hunt against another organization is wrong because it is hurting Veterans they claim to help. There own bylaws prevent them from this. Leave WWP alone before they start looking at your real numbers. Be patient because a lot of veterans sign up for these programs. Once your picked you'll see what I mean. The programs are veteran focused and really helpful .

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Jim and my domestic partner Kathy. wish to get involved with WWP.
I am disabled and Kathy works.
I am a person who enjoys the water and fishing and Kathy is outdoors and works with a company who serves the elderly/disabled.
For years I was able to take my bass boat andd enjoy fishung or just a day on a local lake.
My disability progressed where I needed to sell the boat.
Alas we bought a New Pontoon boat this past spring. I had it outfitted with all the toys to fish any sort of fishing.
We have toy toys that are for children and adults.
We also have equipment that will make a day for on the water and off (picnic and day camp).
We wish to share with a Warrior(s) and immediate family members, up to four on craft and if not family a friend, one or two.
We would be able to do these things at least one(1) weekend a month starting in April, weather permitting.
We live in Redding Ca.
Depending on water conditions in our drought effected lakes we at least are able to access areas near the water for a family picnic day with kids able to still use our water toys.
There is no alcohol aloud before or during outings.
Other than prescribed medications ,nil.. on or off th craft and outing areas.
All costs for the day including food would be our pleasure.
I have looked at your area maps as to WWP locations and find none even close.
If you would help us help a warrior and family enjoy the day we would appreciate that.
Sincerely,
Jim Eagle/Kathy Sundstrom.
I am 72 Kathy 56. We can fish and I have all that is needed to make an enjoyable day(s) we believe./Users/jimeagle/Pictures/Pontoon 3.png/Users/jimeagle/Pictures/pontoon 4.png/Users/jimeagle/Pictures/pontoon 4.png

53

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Throughout the many past years of retirement I have been a regular donor to our military, as well as other charitable organizations. But along the way, I learned I was often mislead by taking things at "face value" and was donating to the wrong organizations. One such case is the Wounded Warrior Project. (See why below.)

I don't like giving my money away to "inefficient" organizations. This is like giving my hard-earned money to the wrong people since administrators, Presidents, CEOs, and other officers are often taking a significant portion of my donation. It is like you worked to help support them, not the needy. So after digging past the first layer of sad TV ads and relentless mailed donation requests, it became obvious many of these people are simply in this for the money.

Luckily, scraping away the surface layers was made much easier using free, independent online references such as GuideStar.org and CharityNavigator.org. In this way your money gets the most "bang for the buck."

Based on factual information available through these resources, I CAN SEE THAT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT (WWP, Jacksonville FL) DOES NOT FALL INTO MY CATEGORIZATION OF BEING AN "EFFICIENT" CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION. If you check the above references yourself, which include IRS Form 990, and you will see the following pitiful data: Less than 60% of WWP's total expenses goes to the programs and services it exists to deliver; the CEO was compensated $419,715 in Fiscal Year 2014; the COO and CFO together received a total of over $604,000 compensation; eleven other "officers, key employees, and highest compensated employees" were compensated a total of$2,272,256 ($206,568 average/person); and more than 33% of expenses were spent on "Fundraising."

Now compare WWP to other military charities such as those suggested by CharityNavigator.org: the USO of Missouri, Inc. (MO) or the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (VA), or even your favorite charity. You will see the percentage going to soldiers or veterans in need are significantly higher than the 60% provided by WWP: For the Tragedy Assistance Program over 79% percent of its total expenses are spent on the programs and services it exists to deliver; for the USO of Missouri, over 83% is spent on services for the ones in need. And fundraising and officer salary expenses are grossly less. Also, "Overall Ratings" of these two are 4 of 4 Stars compared to WWP's 3 stars; "Overall Scores" are 92+ and 96+ compared to WWP's 84+.

What is a notable difference is that WWP's revenues are many times larger than the above two examples. But how does one justify fourteen WWP CEO, officers', and administrators' salaries totaling $2,745,271?



Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WWP enabled me to reconnect with my military family through positive physical activity leaving me with a fresh outlook on life.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have left my card on a WWP van about three times this year, to do free lecensed Electrical Work for anybody they are helping. I have never gotten a call back. Gotta wonder.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Wounded Warrior Project is an excellent program for injured veterans to network and reduce combat stress. I was amazed how the activities were organized and plan out to incorporate teamwork from each member.