Wounded Warrior Project

Rating: 3.84 stars   614 reviews

Address:

4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville FL 32256 USA

Mission:

To Honor And Empower Wounded Warriors

Target demographics:

veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

thousands of wounded veterans and their families. You can visit our impact pages here:http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission/who-we-serve.aspx.

Geographic areas served:

the veterans service industry

Programs:

combat stress recovery, physical health and wellness, employment and education, long-term support, benefits and peer engagement opportunities. In total we offer 19 free programs and services warriors and their families.

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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 .

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

53 people found this review helpful

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?



 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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 people found this review helpful

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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3 people found this review helpful

Catherine,

Words cannot express how truly thankful I am to you and the WWP for conducting this event for us. As stated, because I'm single without children, I haven't felt comfortable to show up to past events, although I was pretty busy with my volunteer responsibilities too. When the notice came out for Merry Monday, I almost hestitated because we all know it's hard to care for ourselves and especailly when the service is free!! I'm so truly thankful and glad for all involved because it was more than just a day to de-stress. I was able to hear stories of others struggles and setbacks. I witnessed notes being taken to find more assistance and business cards being exhanged so others can stay in touch and make sure they don't leave anyone behind. I'm on a tight budget and would not be able to afford these services for a long time. The camaraderie that was shared has turned into lifelong bonds. At one point, I remember hearing a spouse tell their story and I thought to myself "Why am I even here, others have it worse." However, I had a purpose and didn't know it. My stylist is dating a Navy Veteran and we were able to talk and help her with some claims information. I'm still taken aback to those who would donate their time and energy to help others feel better about themselves. That says a lot about them & it gives so much happiness to this time of year! I felt bad that I couldn't even afford to tip them but I hope they receive good karma in return!


Again, my deepest gratitude to you, the WWP & Simonson's Spa in Plymouth!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks for the Kentucky Speedway Race Tickets, I had a great time being out with my Brothers and Sisters in arms. This outing with them really helps pull me back into the world.

 
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