Wounded Warrior Project
Rating: 3.88 stars 490 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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19 people found this review helpful
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.
Wounded Warrior Project has been with me since the beginning of my treatment process. They were there for me when I landed in Germany on my way from Afghanistan to Ft. Sill where I would receive treatment. When I was in Germany, they made sure that I was properly clothed since I was coming from a much warmer climate. Their service to me did not stop there. They helped in my and many other's healing process while at Ft. Sill Warrior Transition Unit where I and my fellow soldiers received treatment for our injuries. They supplied bicycles for us to find alternate means of fitness. For me, this helped relieve a lot of stress and helped me feel better about leaving my unit in Afghanistan. I was able to help my fellow soldiers find joy in cycling and this allowed me to feel better about leaving my unit behind.
While at the Warrior Transition Unit and after getting out, the Wounded Warrior Project has been a great help by maintaining contact with me consistently. They periodically will send me on trips with other Warriors to show me new and exciting ways to enjoy the sport of bicycling. Right, now they are helping me with my disibility claim with the VA. I can not say enough about this organization that has touched my life and my heart. It is always nice to know that with the number of veterans that they serve, they never make me feel forgotten or like another number to them.
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My loved one is a combat disabled veteran. When we attended an event at the Tampa FL WWP Office, the WWP Alumni Manager ordered us to leave because this Manager felt my loved one's medical aid will disrupt the event. The Manager via email threatened to contact other organizations about this incident. We felt stressed at these bullying tactics. So we contacted WWP Board of Directors and CEO regarding this awful, degrading experience and disturbing emails from their WWP Manager. We provided these emails to WWP's Headquarters. Afterwards, WWP sent us a small gift to settle this big matter.
Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride Cincinnati, Ohio was amazing. Not only did it challenge me physically. WWP provided the opportunity for me to meet other wounded service members and help work through some of my issues. It allowed me to feel part of a team. David M was amazing and ensured ALL of the needs were met of ALL the Warriors. The Staff on the Cincinnati Ride showed concern, compassion, and dedication. I am thankful and honored to be able to participate in this and other WWP events. If you are thinking about donating to an organization and want more information please go to their website woundedwarriorproject.org
From personal experience I can tell you that the funds provide opportunities that are not otherwise there for OUR Nations Wounded Warriors for all over and ALL branches of service. Thank you WWP Soldier Ride Cincinnati.
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Have you recently separated and are trying to go through the VA process? If so, don't look any further than WWP. Words cannot possibly project my appreciation for the efforts at WWP. After numerous attempts to contact the VA following my retirement, I became extremely frustrated. They never answered, never returned phone calls or emails! I ran into a Marine that works at my current company. He stated that he had used WWP and provided me their contact info. I reached out to WWP and came into contact with Mr. Fluitt who walked me through the entire process. It was so painless and he always was quick to answer any questions I had throughout the several months. I sent all my paperwork, med records, etc.. to him and he took care of it and kept me updated along the way. Received my rating, mo. amount, and retroactive check. The process to receive my rating from the time I contacted WWP was about 8 months and I received my retroactive check at about the 10 month mark. Don't think about contacting WWP if you are in my situation, just do it!!!
I served 9 tours, injured on my last vacation in Afghanistan, medically retired after I was deemed no longer deplorable. I gave half my life to serving and the vacuum I felt once I was out really was obvious. I withdrew further and started to focus on all the things I never had time for or was too busy to deal with. Someone encouraged me to look into WWP and it took me a year before I was comfortable wearing that label.
The things you lose when you get out are identity, sense of purpose and being part of a team. WWP helps me feel these things I lost. It's not just a 'freebie' program, they help me with my resume, lifestyle program, educational programs, they help my wife getting her resources and help me with having people willing to talk to me any time day or night.
I served on three combat deployments and have depression/PTSD. The Wounded Warrior Project has helped me to learn to socialize again. It has also helped me to get exercising. I strongly recommend the WWP to other injured active duty or vets.
We were able to enjoy a spa day thanks to the wonderful people at the Wounded Warrior Project. We were pampered for an entire day and even served a delightful lunch. Thank You!
WWP has helped to give me my life back. They've saved my life, relationship, and (although harder to quantify) my future. What they do for us as warriors is beyond anything I could have dreamed of, hoped for, or worked towards. I will continue to reach out to those I have served with and share this program and all of the benefits and help they have given me and my family.
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I enjoyed attending Wounded Warrior Project events. This past weekend Thursday July 30, 2015 through Sunday, August 2, 2015, I participated with other warriors alumni at WWP Soldier Ride at Seattle WA. They hosted us and treated us to an experience of outdoor activities and for many of us in several years without such opportunities before. We experienced challenges and comradeship, that we haven't had felt since US military days, before our war injuries, before our surgeries and rehab and re-integrating experience into civilian life. I captured those experience with a digital camera and shared here (3777 photos). https://www.flickr.com/photos/rocketboom/sets/72157656386488849