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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

685 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Irma Jean R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this program. I don’t know where I would be without Wounded Warrior. They give so much to veterans.

Previous Stories
3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the WWProject Odyssey in September in North Carolina with Tommy Childress as group leader. I normally don't participate in surveys or reviews but I just wanted to say that this was the most amazing time I've had in my life. I suffer with PTSD and severe depression. Participating in the trip helped me to realize that there is still beauty in the world. For those four days I was at peace and was in awe of the surroundings and all the activities we were engaged in. Now when things start to get hectic, I allow my mind to drift back to the WWP Odyssey. Wounded Warrior couldn't have picked a better person to oversee the project. Tommy Childress and Johanna served the veterans with the utmost support and sense of humors. I can't say thank you enough, Wounded Warriors!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently attended Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride Cincinnati (2019) and I'm amazed at how professional and courteous all the staff were. It was definitively top notch from accommodations to activities. I was anxious about attending because I am slow to open up to people. I was afraid I wouldn't have fun. The very first night Krissy came right up and started talking to me . I found that we had a lot in common. Her and her husband mountain bike and ride motorcycles. Those are two of my favorite things to do. Krissy was busy organizing and planning all our activities but still made time to be involved. Then I met Jorge and Lorinda ; we definitely had things in common. Those two are all about bikes and that's my passion ! They both have some amazing accomplishments on bikes and were eager to help all the warriors achieve their own goals. With in a few hours of being there I felt comfortable and welcomed. My fellow Wounded Warriors were amazing as well. It was great meeting people that shared some of the same experiences as me. I hope I get the opportunity to attend more WWP events. If you are thinking about getting involved, please do ! it's worth it and so beneficial .

Michael Cates

Gabe B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Army Combat Veteran and I have been a member of Wounded Warrior Project since 2011. I have been most active with the organization in the last 2-3 years. I have to say that the organization is top notch and amazing. All of the activities that they provide for the warriors really push us to go back to life before deployment and life before military service. I can't say enough about how this organization has been a life saver. Everytime I have been in a dark place -- it has been WWP that brought me back. Whether through soldier ride, project odyssey or one of the many events they have -- WWP changed my life. Thank you WWP! Please support this organization :).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wound Warrior Soldier Ride @ New York 2019 was an unbelievable and awesome experience. Your contributions helped 50 veterans and 4 British representatives grow in ways words can not explain . I wish the moment could be captured but it will remain as a moment in time. This was my first Soldier Ride. Because of the Soldier Ride in New York, I am energized to live more better a life of purpose, give back more to the community and help my fellow comrades.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

I am very disappointed with Wounded Warriors. I have supported Veterans groups my entire adult life, and felt that this organization deserved my support as well. Not anymore.
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine chose WW as his Facebook fundraiser. Not only did I donate to it, I also shared it with my Friends list. Big mistake!
Since then, WW has inundated my IM box with questions and requests, wanting to know how my fundraiser is going (not my fundraiser), will I be interested in continuing to fundraise, etc.
I immediately responded with the truth, but that was a waste of time. More IM s. I finally just responded with No, I will not be Fundraising again. But I just keep getting the same annoying, harassing e-trash.
I will NEVER send Wounded Warriors another dime. The Gary Senise Foundation will get my Veterans donation dollars from now on.
No nonprofit should EVER behave worse than an online vendor. Shame on you WW!

4 Rachael G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Update this website. It only reflects from 2016
Rachael Gagliardi 7/1/19

Review from Guidestar

Rob W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing. It's nice to go to events and meet other wounded warriors and their families.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The WWP has been nothing but a positive influence. The Soldier ride was my first chance to really to integrate out of my usual norm. The support team was great, they accommodated every service member present whether it be dietary, room accommodations or whatever, their information was great, their overall effort and attitude were top notches, I am very proud to be a member.

Howard Hill

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on several WWP events. But the solder ride has been the most impacting and inspiring to me. To be able to get a group of warriors together and the comrodari picks up right off the bat. Is something you can get from a pill drink or Dr. Big shout out to the solder ride team and there teammates. Soldier ride JAX 2019

8 Scott J.2

Donor

Rating: 2

Imagine how effective This Org could be if they got more $$ to the project instead of their huge overhead. There are many organization out there for the Vets that are so much more effective. Do your research before giving. I am giving for a friend who thinks you are great, sad.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The WWP Soldiers ride development and skill camp was a great experience, the team experience and training was excellent. I thought I knew everything I need to know, but the team proof me wrong, I learned more and was challenge to continue learning more about cycling . Great group of people with genuine concern and wiliness to provide us with the best experience we could have. Now, I'm looking forward to participate in a Soldiers ride and also create a group in my home town.
Thanks to all for a wonderful experience....

1 Vince L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down to the Wounded Warrior Project, especially the WWP Staff who put the Soldier Ride Tampa 2018 together-were the BEST! They supported and encouraged us every step of way. Every WWP Alumni needs to experience such a phenomenal opportunity. It definitely provides a sense of belonging, sense of accomplishment and the energy to move forward! My hats off to WWP and the Tampa & St. Petersburg community. Wounded Warrior Project truly honors and empowers wounded warriors-Thank you!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first heard of the Wounded Warrior Project back in 2009 when I retired from the military, I was skeptical and said to myself "Who gives out free things to others without wanting anything back in return?" and I totally ignored the invite to join this organization because I thought it's too good to be true. However, a fellow soldier that I served in the military posted some pics about his Odessey experienced and thank WWP for making it possible. I remembered the name back from 2009 and asked him about the organization. After still being a little skeptical (because I don't like sharing my private info or relatively trust people easily), I decided to become an alumni with WWP and the rest was history. Ever since my retirement, I isolated myself from everything and everyone and only focused on my family and educational journey. Ever since joining WWP this July and began going to their activities that WWP makes possible because of the generous donors that support their cause, I've had the opportunity to go out with my family and alone to many adventurous opportunities that they offer to veterans like myself. I've met new veterans and have begun to remove brick by brick the isolation wall I created for myself over a decade ago.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

No one goes into the military thinking that anything will happen to them or hope that they can medically retire and hope to get benefits...WWP has been a major help to getting help to those who feel like they don't deserve help or are hesitant to get it when others have let them down. Having been apart of this organization since 2013 I didn't realize the magnitude of help this organization holds outside of the Federal Government. It is truly an honor and blessing to be a part of. I don't think people understand that there are activities that WWP does also to give back to the community...it is not all about the take and what they can do for your but they believe in giving back to the community as well because we know we are supported and appreciative of all that every one is able to do whether through prayers, a kind thank you, or donations. WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL!! Thank you for your service.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is a long one and for the sake of time, I'll condense it. I am 46 yrs old and I medically retired from the Army in 2012. Prior to coming out, as a result of all my injuries that I sustained while I was active, to include the reason for medically retiring, I knew I no longer could do the work I was use to, which was the building trades. After finishing active duty, I declared nursing as a major. With as competitive that it is, the road was not an easy one.
Fortunately I was able to sustain my life (as a student) living off of my VA disability as well as the school stipend. I struggled all the way throughout nursing school but in December 2017, I finished and graduated. I thought it would be easy to get a job... I was highly mistaken to believe that.
I applied after graduation, to all the residencies that were available, but didn't receive any offers until end of August 2018, which I accepted. It starts in the end of October, but I am very happy and excited to start this endeavor that was only possible for my active duty time, the VA, as well as Wounded Warrior Project.
After graduating, I no longer qualified for the stipend, and had to float my entire family on the VA disability that I received. As a result, WWP has helped me on a number of occasions with my living expenses, to include paying for the exam I needed to take to get my national license (NCLEX).
The expense is A LOT, but the project didn't hesitate for one second, and they assisted me with the funds that were needed to pay for it, along with the encouragement along the way.
I can't say enough for WWP, and regardless of some negative publicity in the media about 2 former employees, they are a wonderful organization, and they want to see Veterans, and their families improve, succeed, and thrive in life.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done, to include the assistance you'll provide in the future. WWP truly is an organization that will be there the whole way to see you through, and donors can be confident that your dollars are going to helping Veterans rebuild their lives, after active duty.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to travel to Louisville this past weekend and participate in a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride. The Wounded Warrior Project teammates are among the happiest people I have ever met. They are constantly smiling and you can see they truly enjoy their jobs and helping wounded warriors. The entire process of signing up for the ride and traveling to the location was aided by a teammate every step of the way. Wounded Warrior Project has exceed every expectation I have set for them by a great margin and continues to do so daily. I can't say enough great things about this organization and all it does for wounded warriors.

3 Daniel M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a great time just recently on July 15th at Darien lake amusement park with my family

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Soldier Ride in St. Paul, MN. This was my first event and it was an awesome experience. I have a Spine injury and numerous surgery from my prior military career but I was able to participate and complete the two day event. The City of St. Paul and Woodbury, MN received us with open arms and treated us with courtesy and respect. The Wound Warrior Program and Soldier Ride is an excellent method to help injured veterans in becoming physically activate again and connect with other veterans. Rene Llanos from Clarksville, TN.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first Soldier Ride ever and I really enjoyed it. It exceeded my expectations! The staff from Texas was friendly and professional (as was everyone affiliated with the event). The local community support was overwhelming. I've already made referrals and will continue to do so. Looking forward to my next Soldier Ride. Hooah!

5 Justin L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Once again, WWP came through and pulled me back from the dark abyss. Second time they’ve set me up to reconnect with brothers and sisters from all over the country. I have no words to express my gratitude for what this means to me.

4 Cory6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been on many events over the passed 4 years with WWP and just completed a Soldier Ride with them and let me tell you....they are gramazing (great + amazing). They always place the warriors and their needs first. They treat you with respect and dignity. They make sure you are taken care of. They go way above and beyond the call of duty to really empower us warriors. There's absolutely nothing negative I have to say about them b/c I've only had great experiences with them. I love WWP to death bc they have helped me and my family out so much. They get warriors and families off the couch to go out and engage and it's all for the benefit of the warrior. They are the best VSO I've been apart of. If you haven't done and event or signed up with them yet, you're missing out. Get on and get involved and start your healing/recovery process with them. Connect with other vets and learn about all the programs they have to offer. There is something out there for you that they have so please do yourself a favor and get involved. And don't listen to the negative smack talking, just go experience WWP and what they have to offer for yourself. Do a couple events (1 of them being a big event like Soldier Ride or Project Odyssey) then make a judgement call but trust me, I guarantee you that you will be pleased. I've gained many new friends and established lots of new relationships thru WWP and you can too. You are not forgotten.

1 Michael B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have attended two events with the WWP and both times we truly enjoyed ourselves can't wait until the next upcoming event. Thank you WWP.
Michael Brown

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended the WWP Alumni Odyssey and Soldier Ride Cycling in Texas. Even though my Alumni Odyssey was over a year ago, the Team Leader and some of my new friends have kept in contact. We still check on and help each other. Look, to be part of team again we must get out there and try different things. The WWP has help me to grow, improve in areas that needed it and it has but in measures so I don't drop out of site. I know that Im not in the Army anymore but the WWP has filled that void beyond my expectations.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If not for the Wounded Warrior Program I would not be on the path to wholeness. The Soldier Ride specifically has got me off my bottom and active again. I never thought it would be possible with my injuries. They have been a life saver!

2 Jeremy J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attend the Solider Ride at Cape Cod this week and where do I start. The transition from my house to Boston was smooth and once I got to CapeCod the WWP staff was amazing. I must say they really do cater to us Wounded Warrior. The food was delicious and no complaints there. The Solider Ride was an event that I will never forget. I met some amazing folks and I am happy I attended that event. If you all never done the Solider Ride please put it on your to do list. God bless each and everyone of you.
V/r
JJ

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I gave 20.00 to Wounded Warriors in April. Today they took unauthorized money from my Visa which they must have kept the number, for 50.00. Do not give to this scam! I have notified the authorities.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Folks I'm not sure if this is the proper platform for this but I tell my story to anyone who will listen or read it!!!! I have two adult children with extreme mental challenges, one coupled with an extreme physical disorder!!!! My son is 33 years old and suffers with rapid fluctuating bipolar disorder!!! We suffer with him due to the emotional trauma that he inflicks upon us!! He rages every day! And I will suffice to say he is the meanest angriest person I've ever known!!!!!!! I gave my son a 30 day supply of CBD oil! And for an entire month we had a normal son!!! The CBD turned him into a puppy!!! When he spoke if he spoke at all it was in low even monotones!! And he was stating that he now liked him self!!! Sadly at the end of 30 days the monster returned when the CBD oil was gone!!!

2 Cassie E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I just attended a Couples cooking class in Chattanooga, TN. This was such an amazing experience, for the both of us. I got to see him smile again, and we had a great night out together, learning something new, and meeting other Vets. I really hope that there are more events like this soon!!

1 Candy B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words could never do justice to the impact Wounded Warriors has had , not only for me as a Combat Vet, but my family as well. The opportunity they have provided to connect with other Combat Vets who "get" you has brought healing and focus back into my life.

1 Penetekoso P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wounded Warrior Project is allowing me to develop a new and healthy lifestyle. I am beginning to learn and develop new exciting workouts which have been vital in my journey the best physical version of me.

4 Smith N W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Week Of 6 Feb - 9 Feb I went on my 1st Soldiers Ride! I’m a warrior with 11 Screws in my body among other issues. The ride was so amazing. It help me build confidence in myself and in my Physical ability. I was able to me some outstanding warriors and WWP admin who if not for there encouragement, them believing in me and them pushing me to the max I probably would have given up. I defently would do it again

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the group who runs the Dallas area WWP. Melody, Dan, and Estaban are wonderful!! The opportunities are vast and I love that we also get to volunteer and give back to the community that supports us. I have befriended many of the veterans and their families. I have tried to tell other veterans that I know about the program and some have tried but served/disability was before 2001 so that is unfortunate. It is a great program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Soldier Ride was a great opportunity. The WWP team treated us like family. The facilities and activities were top notch and the positive impact of this event have opened my eyes to a much brighter and healthier future. Now I have a hobby that can really get me out of the house. Thank you Wounded Warrior Project!

1 JR L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I tell this story because as a homeless vet I am left out of virtually every program,
I was in Beirut in the early 80's. I was Navy doing the sitting off the coast when the U.S. Embassy was hit. There were communications that needed more help than the Marines were trained to do so I was helo'd to the main shore. I was to go to the airport and check in with Rock Company. But they landed me miles to the north. I could see it however, so hey, I'll be OK. Well, I was in Navy dungarees and no one, including the Syrian Nationalists and Hezbollah had seen this. I was "intercepted" by them and taken far north. They actually left me alone and all I could think of was movies. So, I ran. Fast. That was the worst part. Run to what? Run to who?
Beirut had the largest non nuclear blast ever to this day.
Everything was blown up.
EVERYONE knew our Marines could not lock and load.
5 days after the Marine barracks were hit, they were still looking for survivors.
If they found someone but could not get to them in time, one of our own had to do a headshot.
And yet, Beirut is a "nothing" for vets that were there.
When I say homeless, they ask Vietnam??? Oh ....Iraq or Afghanistan? No.......sorry

3 SgtN.Colon

Client Served

Rating: 1

I been with this nonprofit organization for a while, and been a few date nights and other events. And my wife and had great time on each one, plus meet some great people as well. The only thing I would like Wounded Warrior Project to do is find more event's that veteran's down here in Oregon could do. Every time I get an email about things going on or to do, it's being held in Washington State. So please try hard and find us veterans down things to do, other than golf clinic.
Thank you
Ret.Army.Sgt. Nicky Colo'n