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Combat Wounded Coalition, Inc.

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The Combat Wounded Coalition’s mission is to inspire combat-wounded warriors to overcome through pride, power, purpose, and peace.

Results: Clothing Kits Distributed/$'s Total Since Inception of Program in 2009 3460/$1,314,870 CY 2017 68/$27,200 Invites to Toast for Warriors and Gold Star Families Total Since Inception of Program in 2010 555/$275,000 CY 2016 94/$47,000 Invites to Jumping for a Purpose for Warriors and Gold Star Families Total Since Inception of Program in 2010 213/$127,800 CY 2017 25/$15000 Connections for Warriors to Coalition Partner Organizations Total Since Inception of Program 2015 111 connection to veteran support services or benefits CY 2017 22 connection to veteran support services or benefits Grants for Alternative TBI/PTS Treatment $18,200

Target demographics: "Inspire Warriors to Overcome

Geographic areas served: Nationwide support for combat wounded veterans and families of fallen servicemember.

Programs: The Combat Wounded Coalition™ is a Non-Profit Organization that inspires combat wounded warriors to Overcome through four program pillars - Pride – Power – Purpose and Peace. The Combat Wounded Coalition (CWC) provides free Wounded Wear™ clothing and clothing modifications to combat wounded warriors as part of our Pride program as well as raising national awareness of the sacrifice that built our nation. The Power Pillar is built around demonstrating to our warriors that despite there injuries there are no limitations. We do this by pushing them outside their comfort zones through signature events like Jumping for a Purpose where we take our warriors and care givers skydiving. Additionally, through our Power program, we are always looking for other vetted partner organizations to get our warriors back out, living greatly and overcoming the physical and invisible wounds of war. Our last two pillars are built to help our combat wounded warriors discover Purpose in their new lives, and ultimately, find Peace. CWC believes the greatest gift we can give our warriors coming home is to help them find their new Purpose after military service and the impact of war. We will accomplish this through our initial warrior database questionnaire as program recipients identify needs under our Four Pillar Pipeline. Whether it is, outdoor empowering activities, housing support, education support, or employment support, the Combat Wounded Coalition will help make connections through our database, to vetted and proven For-Profit and Non-Profit organizations who can help fulfill these needs. Our last Pillar is to help our warriors find Peace from the invisible wounds of war by identifying individuals looking for mental health support and connect them to key national organizations that are providing ground breaking nonpharmacological treatments to help them fight against Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. Lastly, the Combat Wounded Coalition has developed and is seeking funding to launch the Overcome Academy ™, a curriculum based program of leadership, resiliency, and communication skills for wounded warriors to get them back into their communities as leaders working with schools, businesses and youth mentorship programs. The goal of the Overcome Academy is to develop our current generation of wounded warriors into the next greatest generation.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My personal experience with the Combat Wounded Coalition (CWC) goes back nearly 7 years now. I couldn't be more proud to have become personally involved with Jay Redman and his entire team. They work tirelessly and with limited budgets to carryout their mission of helping our military service men and women re-engage and find a path to a purpose driven life. The work is personal and it doesn't matter if the venue is a couple warriors or a ballroom filled with Patriots the CWC touches individuals deeply and inspires, motivates and mentors our wounded warriors to find a path back from whatever scares they've brought back from war.
Massimo Zanetti Beverage is now and will continue to support the mission of the CWC .

Givingmytime

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Combat Wounded Coalition is an incredible nonprofit organization with a mission to create leaders and to give back to our veterans and communities! Great team, great mission. Great customer care and attention to detail. CWC has so many passionate people working on the mission, giving their time to helping and honoring our veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering for over 3 years I feel it is time to write a review, I am confident when I say this is an amazing organization! Not only do I personally see all the good they do, I get to meet most of them :) I can't tell you how many Purple Heart Veterans I have seen be truly touch to receive a kit from wounded wear, they truly become part of a family that can understand, that doesn't judge and really means it when they say I am here for you. From giving them the opportunity to sky dive to be recognized at the annual toast to the Heros. Our Heros are not forgotten. With the new name change also brings expansion of the mission. We are growing and I am excited! Instead of using the reviews on here volunteer an hour or two if your time come see us and make your own review!! Sometimes the greatest help isn't financial but a few hours of your time:)

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization with a charismatic leader and dedicated/professional team supporting our nation's heroes. I have witnessed them in action for several years now and have always been impressed with their commitment to their mission and values and most importantly to our wounded veterans. I am deeply appreciative for what they do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member for a little over two years, and served as the Treasurer for over a year. The organization is very well run and the team is extremely conservative with their use of donated funds. Our financials are posted for confirmation.
Every individual associated with the organization has a commitment level I have never seen. There is genuine caring and concern, but also a connection with those who we serve.
Additionally, most of the veterans that connect with the organization tend to become ambassadors and volunteers of the organization, which speaks volumes about the work this team effects.

Danita J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization since before it's inception 9 years ago. I've watched it grow, expand, and then expand more. Serving Purple Heart recipients,Families of the Fallen, and disabled veterans with injuries sustained as a result of combat from all eras. There is no waste in this organization. The priority has, and will always be, Warriors, Families of the Fallen, and Disabled Vets.

Shel R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These guys are amazing! The staff is super friendly, and go out of their way to make you feel like family. They are doing great things for our wounded veterans and Gold Star families, from taking them skydiving, and honoring them with a Black Tie Gala and Auction, to the new Overcome Academy! Teaching wounded warriors how to become leaders and succeed in their own communities and make a difference after coming back from serving their country!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Combat Wounded Coalition goes above and beyond to help wounded warriors in need. I have seen first hand how they have helped on both the local and national level to assist with everything from transportation to treatment to having a custom home built.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CWC continues to exceed my expectations. Dedicated to helping wounded veterans with our four pillars: Pride, Power, Purpose, & Peace. The staff and executive personnel and dedicated to their mission. I am very proud to be on the BOD for their excellent work with Gold Star family members and helping them cope with their loss.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Combat Wounded Coalition is a standout organization. Its warrior outreach and dedication to helping warriors thrive is second to none. From free clothing kits to empowerment events and the new Overcome Academy, it reaches warriors throughout many stages of their lives and aims to make a positive impact. The Overcome Academy is a groundbreaking new program focused on assisting warriors transitioning from the military to the civilian world by not just helping them find a job but teaching them the skills they need to be successful, helping them find their new purpose in life and showing them how to be leaders. This program is something the combat-wounded community so desperately needs and I'm so glad it is available to our nation's heroes. CWC operates with a small number of staff so interactions really make you feel valued. Terrific organization!

Kenneth M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does what it says it does. They have a national reach to combat wounded veterans and gold star family members, but still have a home grown connection to those that they support. Their programs are very impactful and if they cannot directly help, they will take the time to find the resources and other organizations that will be able to help. They follow up and are there to ensure that individuals and families that take the time to register and are honest with their situations are properly cared for. Staff is small and paid below industry averages. They truly do what they do because they believe in their mission and their priority is to help others. Pay checks are not their driver. Passion and patriotism to the nation's REAL heroes is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where was all you good people in the late 60's and early 70's Vietnam river patrol PBR'S DIV. 593 the IRON BUTTERFLY

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Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each and every person involved with the Combat Wounded Coalition is wholeheartedly committed to helping wounded veterans overcome their individual challenges. They utilize all available resources for the benefit of veterans and collaborate well with other reputable non-profits to further assist veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Without question some of the best people I have ever met. The generosity to help others and leverage their resources to aid other non profits is unparalleled. The energy to constantly move forward and improve all those around the organization as well as those in need is phenomenal. Being associated with them makes me a better person.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The BEST nonprofit out there by far!!!! The board and staff are all so fabulous and really truly love what they do and take pride in everything they do! I can not say enough positively about Wounded Wear!!!! Just AMAZING!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best organization's you will find that spends maximum money on our warriors and minimize money spent on overhead and unnecessary expense. The proof is right there for everyone to see, and the transparency of this organization is proof that they go the extra mile. They care more about the individual and won't stop until the person gets the help they need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Do not support this organization. They claim that they raise money for veterans but they raise money to fund their alcoholic events and send their team members on trips that don't do anything for the organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization. They are doing great things

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love wounded wear / the combat wounded coalition

Donor

Rating: 5

I am happy to support this organization. There's no better organization helping our wounded warriors with such transparency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can you imagine waking up missing limbs? I can't. In an instant your like forever changed. And what about the invisible scars of war? CWC home of Wounded Wear offers assistance to our combat wounded through clothing modifications and empowering events. If you get an opportunity to attend a CWC event; go. You will be inspired, uplifted, and leave with an overcome mindset. This organization is truly making a difference in the lives of our military, their families and families of the fallen.

A Proud Supporter

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Wounded Wear and the Combat Wounded Coalition for several years now and enjoy the great environment and being able to see the actual impact donations are making in the lives of our combat wounded and Gold Star families. Not many organizations can show exactly what your donations go to like Wounded Wear does.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

There are few opportunities in your life that leave you breathless. I say that because when you encounter a Wounded Warrior that has been touched once again in their life with the inner spirit that drives them to be great- it’s breath taking to watch. That very thing happens to every Wounded Warrior that jumps out of a plane at event like Jumping for a Purpose; whether for the first time in their life or for the first time since they’ve experienced catastrophic wounds on the battle field- it’s breath taking to watch. Or the moment you see a Wounded Warrior that has sustained injuries that make them look a little different from the rest of us stand up in a crowded room and recognize that it’s okay, and they’re okay and that they can be proud of how they look- it’s breath taking to watch. Wounded Wear and the Combat Wounded Coalition are the very organization that are doing that for Wounded Warriors all over our country each and every day. They are powered by so many Moms and Dads, husbands and wives, gold star families and countless other volunteers that truly care. Just look at the posts either here or all over the internet from Wounded Warriors that praise what this organization has done for them. Listen to the stories that carry on to this day in places like Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center about the spirit of hope that once again is in reach because of the people at Wounded Wear that have devoted their lives empowering combat wounded service members. Having been on Active Duty my entire adult life I know how important this organization truly is. If you’re looking for an organization to volunteer with- you’ve found it. If you’re looking for a cause to support- this is it.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for this organization for several years now, and continue to be impressed by how hard the staff and other volunteers work to recognize and improve the lives of wounded warriors, people who have lost family members (gold stars), and now even those who are suffering with PTSD and TBI. I have personally seen the tax audit that verifies 83% of donations go back to mission, which is way more than other major organizations who serve the same target market.

Having volunteered here on a regular basis, I have also heard about those who have taken offense because the founder didn't cater to their every whim. I can understand the desire to want recognition, which they do work hard to provide for their donors (I've helped set that up, myself.) However, Wounded Wear and the Combat Wounded Coalition exists to help those who have served and lost significantly, whether it is a limb, a member of the family, or a sense of purpose and value. If you come in with a sense of entitlement and think that the staff and volunteers will put you above their mission, this organization may not be the right fit for you. And the nice thing is… That's okay! Find what works for you and put your heart into it. You'll never be satisfied, otherwise.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wounded Wear is a great organization that is doing awesome things for our wounded warriors and gold star families! Jason Redman and his entire staff have the "whatever it takes" attitude. You wont find a CEO that is more selfless or more focused on the mission. If you are looking for a nonprofit organization to give your time or money to I highly recommend getting involved with Wounded Wear.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I am former staff to this organization and recently had to go on hiatus due to unexpected and severe health issues. The staff here are like family to me and have been exceptionally supportive during this time of struggle. I take personal offense at reading here that I am considered a "yes" man. Although I am in the background in a support position, I am a "Hell no, that's a stupid idea" man and have found the CEO and staff always give my input a full and fair review whether they concurred or not.
On a professional note, recent posts about this organization found here and on other social media sites are factually incorrect. Sometimes professional partnerships go sour and paths diverge. In an ideal world, these situations are handled with dignity, courtesy, and professionalism. In reality, emotions can take over logic resulting in behavior that disintegrates into sophomoric antics.

If you are unsure about this organization, don't decide until you have the facts. Do not let others tell you what to think. Call, write, make an appointment. Form your opinion from the truth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love to know that when I donate to the CWC, 83 cents of every dollar goes back to the mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love the new name change due to the expanded mission!

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Donor

Rating: 5

With the abundance of charities, wounded wear is the org that is truly grass roots. It was inspired by a soldier who leveraged his sacrifice and experiences as a wounded veteran to raise awareness of the many wounded veterans who are not on the public radar any longer. Far to many wounded veterans are left to alone to contend with injuries and a new life after the conflict. I applaud Mr. Redman's mission to raise awareness for those still fighting the silent battle of recovery.
Overcome!

Kevin M.

1 Levi2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of being introduced to Wounded Wear through events I was competing in. After doing a little bit of research on my own I decided to reach out directly to the organization. Not only did I received a quick communication from them but I was connected directly with Jason Redman himself to speak, that in itself said a lot to me. Through supporting them and I only wish it was far more then what it has been I have had the real ability to learn and experience their Mission & Vision in action. I have even been given the opportunity to be a part of all that they do and what they are doing for our Military, Veterans and their families. This is an organization that I will support for the rest of my life because they are truly passionate about the cause, about the people and about showing others you have so much to give no matter what the circumstances are.

1 BulletSponge T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Wear is by far the greatest organization out there, they don't get as much spotlight time as WWP, and thats simple because, WWP advertises wounded warriors and parades them around the world, while Wounded Wear is more worried about the actual warrior and helps them in the background with more things like fixing our clothes, rebuilding our family and friends instead of giving us stainless steel water bottles......

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This is a rip off. According to guidestar only 16.5% goes to charity.

http://www2.guidestar.org/organizations/27-0426467/wounded-wear.aspx

I would avoid this one with all due haste until their CEO coughs up how much money goes into his pockets.

Comments ( 1 )

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ericawoundedwear 09/30/2015

I believe that you are talking about the wrong organization. I am not sure where you got 16.5%, 83 cents of every dollar goes to our mission. Our CEO has a very modest salary along the rest of the staff. Our financials are posted on Guidestar and on our website. https://www.combatwoundedcoalition.org/our-financials

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Wounded Wear for over three years now and have seen the direct impact on our wounded warriors. The organization is about the warriors, not themselves. They run a top-shelf, organized, and strategic volunteer faction with few paid employees. The employees who are paid earn far less than they would in the "civilian" sector and volunteer as much if not more than their paid hours. I highly recommend finding an event to serve as a volunteer in order to see the profound impact they are making at a local and national level. Amen to Jason Redman, the wounded SEAL who founded this organization and to his wife, Erica who continues to support her husband and thousands of wounded men and women.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cant say enough good things about Wounded Wear. The man that runs it Jason Redman is a TOTAL inspiration and a leader. He is lucky to be alive today and his will to live brought him where he is today. Providing specialty made clothes for Wounded Warriors and rebuilding the Warrior Within.

This outfit here is Truly a God Send. They have so many events for Wounded Warriors and Gold Star families. If you ever wanted to donate to a TRUE Good Non Profit this is it......10 Stars for sure.

Joe_28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization founded by a special forces (Navy) operator who never wanted this job as a non-profit leader. His severe wounds sustained in combat seemed to be more than enough to kill his spirit if not his body. But the enemy failed. Jason Redman is alive and well and getting better and better at what he does now: raising awareness so that OTHERS might have hope if they've been wounded in battle.

Review from Guidestar

Charlie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meeting the Wounded Wear team for the first time in Chicago was amazing. A group of fellow wounded warriors and I were asked to give our names for a clothing kit. I received that kit a few weeks later in the mail and was simply amazed. In the coming year I have grown to know J and Erica and what they do. I was then invited to Jump for a Purpose to honor our heroes and what we have sacrificed. The mental toughness that I see in J has inspired me to want to do more. He is a true leader and someone to emulate. His organization reflects a great value on helping his fellow brothers and sisters. Every time I leave from a meeting with them, I am left with a deeper positive impact knowing they are always there for any of us. If you are a civilian seeking understanding to learn of the sacrifices of our heroes you got it. If you are a wounded soldier, they will never let you down in being right there for you with tremendous programs of support and belonging.

T. Charlie Huffstutler
President
Warrior Chef