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
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.
Ret.Army.Sgt. Nicky Colo'n
I have been in affiliation with this organization over several years. When I speak of WWP I specifically refer to the Florida chapters in Tampa and Jacksonville. WWP is based upon who you know and your status in their circle. As a caregiver I have been bullied by other women in and at events because they are "groupies". The same several people at all the same events...so to include others and attempt to emulate the mission statement went out the window right away. When I reported the bullying, I was targeted and "black listed". I no longer received the weekly emails, my warrior And I were denied participation and when we needed emergency assistance when we lost our house to the hurricane, we were provided one night in a hotel. Thank you for that because we needed it! That was it. When we needed assistance due to nonprofit fraud in another organization, they made a call to the other on our behalf. When it came time to hold the other np accountable, Wwp disappeared, not another word...couldn't stand by their own and refused to participate with authorities. No exactly "got your back". They also refused to assist (even listening or passing me off) about my ww needing emergency assistance at the Tampa VA. I had my Congressman take care of it, and he did.
As much money As WWP takes in the events don’t show as such. 3-4 years ago I went to an event. Box seats at an NBA game, it was awesome!
Now fast forward and the majority of the events are online, or events with very little resources being used to fund them. I guess the CEO and executives have to game their millions, while the veteran programs suffer.
My experience with the Wounded Warrior Program Soldier Ride San Antonio was truly amazing! I initially felt as though the bike ride may be too difficult on my knees. I have not taken a bike ride in 3 years. The encouragement and motivation of the staff kept my body moving forward to finish the ride. I would like to thank each and every member of the WWP who helped our team to unite and finish strong! I would also like to thank those individuals who started the Soldier Ride. It is worth every moment!
I’ve been to two events in Albuquerque. Wish that they wouldn’t Put all their attention on just Phoenix. There’s a large veteran crowd in Albuquerque, NM and surrounding areas but the Phoenix office hardly gives us attention. They just focus on their city. You can’t really say there’s no events here because there’s plenty to do just like there and I’ve even offered my services to help run or set up events. Typically no reply though. Please don’t forget about us here in Albuquerque.
My name is Jeremy Sedeno, I attended the soldier ride in San Antonio 2017, The experience I had on this ride was second to none. I was a combat medic in the United States Army and after being medically discharged with PTSD and lower limb issues, I was lost. Being told I wasn't fit enough to preform my job duties anymore was a hard hit reality, one that threw me into a deep depression along with my PTSD. The VA is ok although they want to just medicate me more than I like to be, I still had this yearning of being apart of something. I found WWP and I was accepted to do a soldier ride. This was the moment that helped change my life. Once again I felt as if I was apart of something I was in a new unit. The friendships and bonds that were made during that time were incredible. We all had similar stories, we all knew each others pain. We were like a family that got really close in a three day span. It may seem impossible to do but when you create a bond that's real and have something in common, it is easy to do that quick. That's what the Soldier Ride did for me and many others like me. Don't take my word for it, join a soldier ride and see 1st hand.
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!
I participated in the 2017 soldier ride at Cape cod MA and everything about the experience was positive, empowering and wonderful. My follow warriors were supportive and the WWP staff were awesome.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is an AMAZING Organization in so many ways. This is the ONE and ONLY Veteran Organization that has helped me and my family on so many levels. They empower me, they helped me be more active in the community despite all my disabilities. They got my 6!
I LOVE WWP!
Wounded Warrior Project is AWESOME! We are from Gulfport, MS and were able to join the organization for a Family Day of bowling and arcade games at Big Play Family Fun Center. The children as well as the adults enjoyed themselves. It was a pleasure to be in the company of kind and courteous people.
WWP is the best.
We went to attend a function at the Iron Horse Grill in Jackson, MS. Iron Horse has been a great place to hang out back in the day but now that Jackson is less than desirable to go to, mainly you need to open carry your gun when outside, we didn't go to the event. Even though I was in the parking lot. We observed undesirables walking all around the parking lot as we sat waiting to go in, also there was a Jackson police/Off duty Sheriff officer with his car blue lights going. This alone raised our concerns about the location WWP picked for this event.
We would love to see events that are in areas like Madison, Pearl or even Clinton. WWP would get more attendance to said events if the area was a little safer.
On September 7th to September 10th I participated in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride in Kansas City. The event was fun, challenging, and such a great experience. I feel honored to have attended such a great event and look forward to the next one.
Wounded Warrior Project’s Linda Cubero is part of their Warriors to Work Program. She assisted me to really excel during the interview process during my recent job search. Every time I spoke with Ms. Cubero, I felt more prepared for the interview process, especially with good questions to ask. She also improved my resume, conducted a mock interview to give me practice and constructive feedback, and helped me better respond to interview questions using the STAR format. As a result, I was able to land a great job at a global company on the Fortune Top 50 List.
A big thank you to WWP and their team who made Soldier Ride Louisville 2017 so special for me. I was by far the oldest soldier to ride in this event having served in Vietnam in 1968-69 and again in Iraq 37 years later with the Tennessee army national guard. This ride was my first and was a personal challenge to me to see how I could do, especially against the much younger fellow vets. It was a challenging ride but I held my own with the guys. A special thanks to Kristin the event organizer. She interacted with all the vets and I especially enjoyed our conversations and her genuine interest in getting to know me. I look forward to riding again and plan to ride as much as possible at home.
Went to the NASCAR race in Kentucky this year. The seats and the lunch was Fantastic. Finally found the best place for parking by taking to a Brother.
Again thanks for sending me and my brother in law (Navy Vet) to a great race!
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.
I am deeply disappointed in WWP, I have tried on at least 4 different occasions to sign up to attend programs only to be told that they are full or cancelled.
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Recently completed my first ever WWP event which was the Soldier Ride Chicago and couldn't say enough great comments about the event. Was an amazing experience from the event itself to the outstanding WWP employees that set everything up. Was able to finally meet other veterans that had very similar experiences and ideas towards recovery from our various issues we have. Can't wait for the next WWP event!
I just went on the Soldier Ride in Pittsburgh PA, and all i can say is WOW! It was an amazing opportunity and a great team spirit and friendship fostering event. I met some of the coolest and nicest people (which was to be expected), and hopefully made some long term friendships. I wish more people could attend such an awesome event. I hope to be able to attend one again sometime in the near future. This one will always be a fond memory that i will continue to share with everyone. Thanks Wounded Warrior Project for making this event available to us vets that truly need the distraction and change of pace in our lives.
I recently attended Soldier Ride Pittsburgh 2017. I had a great time and met a lot of other great Veterans that I will remain in contact with. I look forward to attending the events that WWP has and try to attend as many as I can. It provides an atmosphere where we can open up about what we're going through without worrying about being judged.