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!
This program is amazing. It's nice to go to events and meet other wounded warriors and their families.
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.
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
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
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....
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Had a great time just recently on July 15th at Darien lake amusement park with my family
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!