Wounded Warrior Project
Rating: 3.89 stars 508 reviews
Issues: Human Services, Veterans
Location: 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville FL 32256 USA
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.
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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.
Not all wounds are visible. That being said, these people are the champions of understanding that. They have saved my life. More so than they will ever know. It's hard for people in "underserved" areas, I know, I just moved to one. Even if you can only attend an event or 2 a year, go! Be with people that understand us. When you do that, you WILL make connections and friends. Stop 22. This helps. They help. If they can't, they know someone that can. STOP 22!!!!
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After leaving the army I struggled with day-to-day life having flashbacks of my time in Iraq. The VA had one solution give him drugs.
I found out about The Wounded Warrior Project I was immediately paired up with a combat stress specialist who checked on me consistently. She told me about the free resources offered by the wanted warrior Project. I first attended project Odyssey and met several other veterans who suffered from PTSD. This program showed me many tools on how to help cope with this serious problem. The employees of Wounded Warrior Project don't take this is just a job but they truly care about our nations veterans. I donate money every month to the Wounded Warrior Project and I attend as many events as I can. Wanted warrior Project has far exceeded anything that our government has offered our veterans. Our government has let our veterans down and the wanted warrior Project has picked up the slack
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I have been an Alumni and donor to The Wounded Warrior Project for the past 2 years the organization has offered me more support and services than our own government programs set up to support us veterans. The staff at the Wounded Warrior Project has been available to offer support and guidance to me and my family as well as numerous other veterans I know. There never seems to be a shortage of volunteers for their events either. The WWP events in the Northeast are all fully staffed with volunteers which says they have a great following.
The WWP has truly changed my life
Went on the 2015 Boston soldier ride, and was able to reconnect with service members that were going through some of the same things I was. It was a great. Many people from the community came out to volunteer and cheer us on during our ride. WWP is great Nonprofit!
I recently attended the WWP Soldier ride in Nashville. It was an event that I was told by numerous wounded warriors is an opportunity of a lifetime and it will change your life. I am a pretty active guy and did some research and was invited to this awesome event. I love being around veterans that are living with some of the same nightmares that we encountered in combat. The soldier ride brought us all together and I have walked away with 50 new friends. I am purchasing a new bike and will be working on a healthier lifestyle. I cannot thank the Wounded Warrior Project enough for this awesome experience. Keep up the great work and Semper Fi!
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The WWP is a awesome organization that I have the honor of being part in. I am a Wounded Warrior Alumni and have attended many events that the WWP hosts. I have learned valuable information and have connected with many wounded warriors such as myself. Keep up the awesome work WWP!
I honestly don't know where to begin. I recently attended the WWP Soldier Ride in Nashville, TN. First I'd like to start off by saying thanks to everyone who helped get this set up. ALL of the staff truly care and were amazing! This experience made me not only realize there is a lot of help our there for wounded warriors but it also made me realize that I too can do more. With that being said I strongly encourage anyone who has not attended a WWP event to do so. I will certainly do more not just only with WWP but I will also donate more of my time and money than I currently am!
I have been an Alumni of the WWP for about a year now and the experience has been amazing. The events and support with fellow warriors and team members provide a comfortable atmosphere where I feel calm. The Training Academy has allowed to gain certifications to further my career and the Solder Ride permitted me regain confidence that I can accomplish extreme challenges with disabilities. I relearned I only limit myself.
The Wounded Warrior Program was a big help. After being wounded and medically separated from the U.S. Army I felt like a rabid dog kicked to the curb. I was given no counseling by the army to go to a VA office, clinic, or VAMC to receive service connected disability / compensation. I felt lost in a sea of what happens now. After I was finally called by the VA ( a special group was formed by congress to find combat wounded veteran’s listed as serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who were not getting VA medical help), did I go to the nearest VA clinic and fill out the many pages of forms. (Nothing was electronic).
I started getting treatment and the county veteran’s service office helped me fill out a claim and instructed me to wait for an answer. Nothing was mentioned about dependents pay. I received my first claim 20 months later. 70%. The service organization the county Veteran’s office chose for me sent a letter and asked me why I didn’t apply for spouse / dependent’s pay. So I had to request dependent’s benefits. That took another 9 months. I wanted to appeal the initial compensation and the service organization I had as my liaison wouldn’t contact me, call me, or return calls and e-mails. Another vet I roomed with at the PTSD 6 week program told me to contact Wounded Warrior Project. Best advice in a long time.
I went to WWP’s web site and signed up as an alumnus. Senior Liaison Officer Christopher Hausrath contacted me the next day. He sent the formal document that needed signed to let the VA know that WWP was now my service organization liaison. Chris kept me up to date, answered my many questions I had as well as he returned e-mails and called by phone if necessary. When he was at training seminars he would check his e-mail and phone messages. This was great. Finally, getting answers and knowing what I needed to do.
Later I was assigned another Senior Liaison Officer, Shawn Poston. Shawn took over my case from Chris without as much as a hiccup. The VA later granted me 100% TEMPORARY Disability rating as they stated that my PTSD may improve over time and I would have to be screened yearly to determine if my mental health improved.
Last year (2014), my VA nurse case manager (She rocks! Always calls me or returns calls pronto! One of the best things the VA has done) asked me if I had a Gulf War Syndrome test performed and if I had registered for the Burn Pit Registry. I hadn’t, and she contacted the clinic and they scheduled me an appointment. After my exam, I was asked several medical condition(s) questions. Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Sleep Apnea? Rashes? Continuing headaches? I was told to file a claim for each of the conditions I had been diagnosed with. Preemptive conditions. If I was diagnosed with it, I could be compensated due to medical conditions being service connected.
I contacted Shawn and he sent me the VA forms that needed to be completed. I submitted them with the “fast track” compensation form and submitted all the medical documents to support my claim with the compensation request form. Doing this was to help you get your claim completed in 90 days or less. I filed in October 0f 2014. In February, I contacted Shawn about my claim, as I was receiving letters from the VA stating they were working on my claim. I knew of the humongous back log of claims the VA had received and that’s why I thought it would be more like 5 months instead of 3. The VA did not notify me that because I was claiming several medical conditions, my claim was removed from the “Fast Track” claim procedure and placed with the other claims that needed more time to complete. I was mad. Really mad. How could the VA not notify me of this? I sent Shawn a long letter of why was I not getting better results as I did everything the VA wanted, filled out more claim forms. Previous employer forms, etc.
Thank goodness for Shawn. He stayed in touch with me and updated me on the process. He even informed me that the VA regional office my claim was being handled had a reputation of scrutinizing VA claims very carefully and slowly. I don’t know what Shawn did but I received a call from the regional VA office. You never get a call from them. They asked me a few questions and told me they were looking for a part of my file that was missing. The next week he called back and located it in the VA medical forms electronic filing office. My claim was being moved along. Then the regional doctor exams. I felt doomed by the questions they asked or by the exams they did (and didn’t) perform.
My claim was completed at the end of September, 2015. 100%. Total and permanent. Big relief. VA benefits for my kids college. Life insurance. Vocab was available. The difference between 100% temporary and total and permanent is amazing. Shawn and the Wounded Warrior Project are the play makers. When Shawn was at training, out the office, or unable to take calls or e-mails, he let you know. Just as Chris had done, Shawn was very professional and kept me of my claim status. He would return calls or e-mails as soon as he could. And if he would be unavailable, someone else was assigned to take his calls or e-mails and contact me.
Wounded Warrior Project went beyond what I expected from a Service Organization. The staffs from their headquarters to the regional offices were very professional at all times. As an Alumnus, I have been fortunate to participate in WWP activities with my family. The staff members who ran these events were just as professional, caring, and showed a true concern for the warrior. Chris and Shawn are top notched. Their expertise and knowledge of how the VA regional offices operate and their know how of how the VA system works in general is incredible. I can assure anyone reading this that I can genuinely say that the staff members who work for Wounded Warrior Project are all professionals no matter what their job title may be. They work together as a team with one goal; to help the warrior, the warrior’s family, and ensure that the warrior receives what they have earned. I am indebted to this organization for their support, encouragement, and assistance with my Veteran’s Administrations compensation for service connected disabilities. May God bless the Wounded Warrior Project, its staff, all Americans and our country. Bravo Zulu to all at Wounded Warrior Project. (You may have to look that one up).
R. Williamson U.S. Navy / U.S. Army
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Well, my husband is a combat Vet, three times over, and he has severe PTSD. We live in Southern Indiana......are there any Veterans Support Groups of any type anywhere? We live in Bedford. My husband could REALLY use some other Vets to talk with and spend time with .....it has been a VERY rough road. I don't need to tell any of you that. I am trying to get him into Project Odyssey. Any feedback on that you can help me with? Thank you!! God bless you all and thank you for your service!!
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After my brother was seriously wounded while serving in Afghanistan, my family was in a state of shock. All we really wanted to do was be by his side to support him, but there was so much more to it than that. Navigating the logistics of being there, understanding his rights / benefits, and seeing a path toward a happy, healthy, and independent life for my brother. Wounded Warrior Project helped with all of this and more. They weren't just there for my brother, they were there for me and my family so that we could be in a position to help him. I cannot express my thanks enough to guys like Al Giordano, Steve Nardizzi and the entire Wounded Warrior Project team. They have changed our lives for the better and let us know that my brother isn't alone; today...or ten years from now. GREAT nonprofit that will have my support for as long as I live.