I just recently attended Soldier Ride® Miami/Key West with Wounded Warrior Project and had an awesome experience. This was a life changing experience for me personally, physically and mentally. I truly loved the camaraderie, reuniting with other Veterans and I really loved the support and accommodations from the volunteers, donors, onlookers and most important the WWP staff.
Wounded Warrior Project 01/31/2017
Hi Mike, First and foremost, thank you for your service. We recognize we are able to enjoy our freedom only because there are people like you defending it. We are pleased to hear you had a memorable experience on Soldier Ride – it is a powerful program. We love hearing about warriors’ experiences with our programs. Other warriors have told us that sharing their stories can be therapeutic because it helps reach other warriors in similar situations. We would love to help you share yours. Can I have a member of our storytelling team reach out? Sincerely, WWP Social Media
I participated in the 2016 soldier ride in Jacksonville, Fl.
It was a great experience and a very motivating experience. I got to spend time with fellow veterans and feel that comradery I felt while enlisted. The WWP team were really loving and helpful and welcoming. You could tell they love what they do and have a passion for helping veterans out! I recommend it to all wounded warriors.
I have participated in previous events hosted by the WWP. This is an AWESOME organization. I had the privilege to participate in the WWP Soldier Bike Ride 2016 in Jacksonville and it was amazing. The staff had it really organized and well-put together. The schedule was not overwhelming. The accommodations were on-point! The camaraderie was the best - great bunch of positive-minded veterans who gave it their all! Just want to thank all the supporters and donors of WWP. Without your giving we could not do what we do through WWP. Thanks to all the hardworking people who sacrifice their time and effort to help us all lead a better and more productive life! GOD bless you all!
I have yet seen any type of support and ALL of the activities in Illinois that they set up are not even close to what I like doing. I am an outdoor enthusiast period, I said that in the questionnaire that I received almost a year ago and I have yet had a response or have seen anything about Fishing or hunting. WHAT A JOKE!
I came from the desert war myself. I was medivac do to heart and tbi issues. My issues were not bomb explosive issues or anything extreme like this. I did see folks with injuries and wounds that I never want to see again. At the time I was a Navy Cop and a Navy Corpsman so I saw a lot of both. So when I was send back to the hospital, wounded warrior project rep was there to see us. She was very nice, and WWP helped me and my friends to adapt more easily. I remember from previous deployments in the Marines, when we came back, there was nothing there, not even a thank you! WWP was there from beg to end! They gave us civilian clothes, and see other vets to help each other out! The military teaches us how to be a team, and I truly love WWP because they are what that is...a TEAM! WWP, I wish you were here during the first Gulf war, because when I had to deal with some wounded at the hospital from there, it was sad. I could have used that help at that time, but I am always appreciated of your help to others! I support WWP all the time no matter what! They are my go to team always! I will go to them first before my wife because they know what we go through! Peace to all of you! And thanks for your service my brothers and sisters!
I have utilized several programs and found that they are one of the few that truly care about the individual veterans. They got me a job using W2W and I utilized several other programs with positive results.
After the WWP lost Tim Grossman, the VA benefits team has gone to crap. I have lost all faith in the WWP claims department. No this has nothing to do with winning or losing my claim. Its strictly about communication, assistance, and caring none of which my WWP David Hill or my regional manager gave a damn about. My claim was finished, never heard a word from either one weeks before or after my claim was completed. Come to find out the regional manager was fired and the WWP didn't think...hey lets contact the veterans on her case load and provide a status up or introduce them to the new regional manager. I wrote David Hill several emails, at first he responded then he got lost in cyber space.....So I recommend you find another VSO or Veterans lawyer (like I did that communicates with me weekly with out asking).
All in All: avoid Tracy Pennycuick (whom was fired) and David Hill (AKA Extremely useless) at all costs or your claim will never get awarded in your favor...
I mean where do I begin? The Wounded Warrior project is simply AWESOME! They are just a bunch of awesome people EVERY single one of them! They are always looking out for veterans like me AND my family. I tell all my Veteran friends about the Wounded Warrior Project. They are always concerned about my needs and look out for my wants as well. They treat me and my family like GOLD!. The benefits team goes above and beyond and not only because I won my VA claim but because of how they informed me of the process and explained everything to me and didn't make any broken promises. I'm very proud to wear my WWP shirts and hats and brag to everyone about them. I highly recommend supporting and becoming a part of this nonprofit.
The Soldier Ride was far more that just a bike ride. Thank you for the opportunity to spend time with fellow warriors who understand my plight. It a very short period of time I gained 38 brothers and sisters, that to Wounded Warrior Project. There is one upsetting factor, you can only participate twice in a lifetime.
I've been out of the Army since June 2014 and have done numerous events with other veterans through the WWP and have even brought my family for many of them. I've done so many things that I never thought I could do all thanks to the WWP. I am so honored to be apart of something that cares to give back and the staff are all great to be around and work with. I've used WWP To help increase my VA disability to indoor skydiving. If I've learned one thing, it's that the sky is the limit with the WWP. Thank you all for all your hard work and dedication and for allowing myself and my family to participate in so many events!!
I have been a member since my discharge in 2007. First of all, let me mention that, unlike DAV, which double claims it's employees as disabled personnel served, the post 9-11 disabled vets that are employed by WWP are NOT claimed as veterans serviced by this organization EVER, let alone every year. Yes, a couple of disreputable people in the management portion of the organization made the FANTASTIC good works of the rest of these AWESOME, HARD-WORKING & CARING people less visible BUT, for the majority of the veterans I have encountered, this is THE VERY BEST of ALL the Veterans Service Organizations EVER! The Resource Center has so VERY MANY contacts they even OUTREACH for NON 9-11 PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY other VETERANS!! Over the years WWP has reached out to me again and again to make sure I am okay and integrating back into society. This summer, my air conditiong broke down and, grateful that I even have a roof over my head I was hesitant to ask for help, but living solely on disability, I asked anyhow. WWP put me in touch with Operation Home Front (even poked them a little to speed up the process) and I now have air conditioning again - Important as I have a medical condition that effects my breathing and ability to sweat (I don't). THANK YOU WWP for all you do for all of us!! If WWP cannot help directly, 99.9% of the time they WILL find a resource to help, unless the VETERAN shuts them out!
Never done anything for me.. member since 2009.. said they help.. but never followed through on their word... the new Ceo got his job by the good ole boy system.. because he served under the Chairman of the board dads in the Army... I am not important enough for them to help... turned into nothing but away to make millions off others injuries.. I got a hat.. and stickers..my bad... donate to a cause that really helps veterans.. not just spending millions on advertising... for you all that love it... great.. but they lied to me.. didn't follow through.. and I don't live in a major city where they can meet me and make friends.. so I get denied on anything I try to do..
WWP has been exceptionally wonderful. It hasn't been a year yet that I've been separated from the military, and my wounds are still healing, emotionally, mentally, and physically. But being able to participate in various programs and events like taking part in a Soldier Ride and the Peer support groups, and having a peer mentor has tremendously helped me along in my healing process. During the first couple of months of being medically retired, I was angry and felt thrown away. I cried when I focused in on the WWP logo because I knew that I used to be the strong Soldier, being able to carry my battle buddy. But the Wounded Warrior Project has been there with me during my journey every step of the way. I know that I still have a long journey ahead of me, but it doesn't look so bleak knowing the Wounded Warrior Project is there to support and carry veterans like me.
I honestly don't understand where negative reviews for WWP come from. I wonder if any of the people leaving them have ever really gotten involved in the organization. I can't say enough about what this organization has done for me. I've heard complaints about WWP not spending enough on warriors, but somehow, I feel overwhelmed by the enormous amount that has been spent on me. My family and I are so grateful.
This organization is revitalizing and saves lives in more than one way!
I have been out of the military for 5 years and ever since I've felt lost, alone, and unwanted. I joined WWP a few years ago and since then I've attended several events. Most recently, I attended Soldier Ride and it was the most fun I've had in a long time. I felt like I was back with my family after a long reunion. I cannot adequately describe the support and acceptance I felt while attending this event. The help and concern that we received from our teammates (WWP staff) was above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you to all of those who put this event on for us, including the Soldier Ride and U-haul personnel!!!!
WWP has made me more sociable in an isolated and lonely world. I went on a Soldier Ride and it was the best experience Ive had with my battle buddies since before my trauma. I'm so grateful for the WWP, programs and staff.
My boys and I enjoyed our first baseball game, Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium. Thank you WWP!
2016 Soldier Ride Seattle was an amazing experience. Cool people & wonderful staff. Can't ask for more. You guys all rock! Thank you!
I'm a recently discharged service-connected veteran and current Army Reserve service-member. Initially when I joined WWP as an alumni I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was an organization dedicated to both the physical and mental well-being of veterans. Through a series of health and wellness events, I experienced a sense of commraderie that adds value to my quality of life. As a veteran, being part of WWP has given me a voice and newfound inspiration which motivates me in the pursuit of future goals.
I am pleased with the awareness for our vetetans hey have brought to our civilian community. I am very unhappy that most of their revenue goes to their organization and not directly in support of our Veterans.
My donations will go to veterans organizations that I know will use my donation in " direct" support of the veterans and their events.
Eh as a soldiers wife, I see wwp do a lot of great things for a lot of people. I just feel they don't do enough for those with a family of more than 2 dependants. Low of funds is what I constantly hear yet we see the media of millions going to bs.
My husband has a hard time interacting with people, he has issues, overall he is a broken soldier! We as family are all he's got we are his comfort zone, we as in myself and our 3 kids, I'd like for us to have the ability to do things with other soldiers and their families and wives, but we never get things in our city that are family orientated. Sometimes we will get soldier and 1 guest if lucky 2, what's that wife and 1 kid? Broken soldiers usually (in our case) can not work. Our income is barely enough to cover rent bills car payments etc , diapers.... yet America is screwed up And we apparently make to much to get any Snap or tanf(yet all these people that don't need it get it)... anyway we'd like the same opportunity the single soldiers or soldier with tiny families have, wwp should have more family orientated type events, or if your going to do snowboarding, some offroading, camping, and fishing, allow more than just 2guests because overall families can and do all of that too. Children should be involved, remember some of these soldiers fought to not only make a difference in America but to improve the country their children grow up in, because those children matter that much! So quit being greedy fund raising money to supposedly use on soldiers when your only using a small percentage to help a small portion while the rest goes to your $10,000 per bottle of champagne parties.
Portland Oregon wife
This is the first event I went to. I was really nervous because I'm not used to interacting with people anymore, especially not face to face. But I had so much fun and the ladies made me feel good about myself and wanted to help support my business. Very positive, uplifting experience that I desperately needed
After many surgeries and the final one being my neck fusion I thought that there wasnt much for me to do really until my therapist started pushing me to look into organizations that help wounded combat vets. I started to talk with the WWP Rep who was at Bethesda and they got me to sign up and eventually got me to sign up for a Soldier Ride. I was reluctant to attend the event due to my PTDS, Depression, Anger, and Anxiety along with my physical issues. Once I got there though the staff made me feel more at ease and assisted me with everything. It was an eyeopening and uplofting experience for me and I am looking forward to doing another ride in the future. Way to go WWP!!! Keep up the great work you are doing for myself and my fellow Warriors!!!
I will start out by saying that in the past couple of years since my medical retirement from the army, i have not been good at trying to meet new people or even go out in public unless it is late at night or with my fiance/caregiver. My life after the army has been very tragic and hard at times, i lost my fiance/caregiver a year ago and have been alone ever since. Being alone and having PTSD and TBI is the hardest thing i have had to go through. I was honored to be invited to participate in a soldier ride with wounded warrior project in 2016, it was the best decision i have ever made to go, i met some incredible warriors and made life long friends, wounded warrior project opened the my heart and mind to begin to trust people again and to continue to participate in other events, i would encourage anyone invited to an event to go and make the best of it. THANK YOU WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT.
5 stars may seem excessive, given the bad press that can be easily found via a simple Internet search, but it really is warranted in this situation. Having recently returned from the Soldier Ride Pittsburgh, I can honestly say that the Soldier Ride staff go above and beyond their assigned roles/positions. Every staff member/teammate expressed their desire to make a difference in the world and each time it felt sincere. I can't say enough about the folks I have personally met, interacted with, and learned about over my short time as an Alumni in the WWP's Alumni Program!
Dear Wounded Warrior Project,
I just want to say thank you to everyone that made our 2016 Chicago Soldier Ride possible. From Wounded Warrior Project, Chicago Police Departments, Chicago Fire Departments, all Volunteers, to my fellow Wounded Warriors. You all made our soldier ride an absolutely incredible experience. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Leaving to Chicago I knew I had a very tough battle ahead of me. I've been diagnosed with a tremendous amount Traumatic Brain Injuries dating back 2005 that have been under treated since 2005. My TBI's have had a huge impact on my everyday life. I have to deal with so many complications on a daily bases from migraine headaches, loss of vision, loss of memory, and being a totally different person all together. I'm also open to Alzheimer, Dementia, Parkinson, and other brain diseases. Three days after I returned from the soldier ride I started my 3 month long jump start of treatment. In hopes of prolonging these diseases and hopefully an improvement in my everyday life. Thanks to you all I'm charging this battle with a recharged battery, I'm carrying a huge amount of positive momentum with me from my Chicago trip! Lately I haven't had the luxury of picking and choosing the memories I stay with. But I hope and pray that the memories I made with all of you in Chicago stay with me forever. Again thank you and God Bless!
Wounded Warrior Project has truly been a blessing in my life! I have been enrolled with WWP for 6 months and in these few months WWP has made a huge impact in my life. When I was directed to WWP I was unemployed and suffering from P.T.S.D. With not to many options for employment due to my many disabilities, Linda Cubero got started right away. Linda not only helped me find an awesome flexible job. She also assisted me in preparing a resume that blew me away, practice moc interviews , and even donated a business suit for my interviews. Recently I decided to take on a second part time job with no hesitation Linda got cracking again! I will be starting my second job next week! WWP didn't stop there I have been able to take my family to numerous events with the help of Valerie Burnham. Bringing my morale up . At these events other wounded warriors were present and it just feels goo to know I'm not alone fellow warriors are near by. I've also taken advantage of some physical & wellness opportunities offered to me. With Jesse Pipper's help I've lost over 15 pounds and during the holiday season alone, I cut more than 3% body fat. Jesse has reintroduced the importance of my physical and well-being. I have also been given the chance to help my community with the "Let's Build Some Fun" program. Which I helped Valerie and other wounded warriors build a playground for a children academy in need. That was an uplifting experience to help children in need not more than a few streets from where I grew up. I'm excited to see what my future will bring with WWP. For many years I felt alone and out of place. Now I'm proud to say I am not alone! I will soon start peer support with other wounded warriors and hope to join a Soldier Ride very soon. Thank you for your help, time, and compassion Wounded Warrior Project.
I am so very grateful to the Wounded Warrior Project for all that they did for the Soldier Ride - Chicago 2016. It gives an outlet for like minded people to come together and form bonds, camaraderie and life long friendships. Most participants are stepping out of their comfort zone and it takes a lot of courage for them to show up. The Wounded Warrior Project provides a space of neutral ground for us and I am so appreciative to have been approved, for their hospitality and all that is involved. This kind of event is a huge undertaking and I know there are many details behind the scenes, that we are not aware of. I personally was able to try something brand new, push myself and to receive encouragement. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that I will cherish forever!!!
I seriously cannot thank the Wound Warrior Project enough for all of their assistance, support and financial help. This year seemed to have given me some bumps in the road. I'm a woman Navy Veteran and a single house owner. I have been trying to make ends meet since leaving the military in 2007. Because of the WWP, I now have proper working plumbing. Also, my car died and the cost of the repairs (on a car I'm still paying for) were extremely beyond my budget. This could have been a hardship that would've been very challenging to deal with but again, the WWP came to my rescue. To add to my blessings, I am now about to participate with a WWP-Female Alumni Summit in Austin, TX. I have never been given such a wonderful opportunity to better myself and to have a mini-vacation. A huge part of this is the Minnesota Alumni Chairman, Louis Goldstein. He has always been there for me and never hesitates to reach out to see what he and the WWP can do. I have tears of joy just thinking about how truly wonderful everyone has been to me. I want to say THANK YOU to all involved and I appreciate what you do, not only for me, but all veterans! ~Jaimie Bahl, Minnesota
I just got back from Soldier Ride in Birmingham, Alabama! It was the most amazing experience of my life! The support, and encouragement of all the WWP staff and my fellow warriors has helped to propel me to the next chapter of my life! WWP is amazing and their loyalty to wounded veterans is outstanding! Thank you WWP!
During my evacuation from Afghanistan after being wounded in combat, a gentleman from WWP handed me an Under Armour duffel with the WWP logo on it. Inside were shorts, T shirts, and toiletries. That doesn't sound like much, but after being in a hospital gown for three days, shorts were a huge morale boost. Every day at Walter Reed, a WWP Volunteer stopped by to see if my wife or I needed anything. One Sunday a volunteer brought me a McDonald's milkshake and sat and spoke with me for ten minutes. Again, that doesn't sound like much, but after weeks in a hospital, it was huge and appreciated. WWP has continued to support both my wife and me since my injury. Of the 42,000 Veteran Service Organizations, they've done far more for me than any of the others or the VA and Army combined.
I just want to take some time and thank Norma Gallegoz from the WWP office in San Antonio, TX for helping my wife and myself when we needed some assistant. Her professionalism and down to earth attitude made our visit helpful and comfortable. She's a great asset to the WWP Program. The staff was also friendly with us and also helped us with the questions that we had. Thanks Norma and the staff to the WWP.
The Wounded Warrior Project has been a great benefit to both me and my family. They have stepped in to help out when we went through financial times, have given me opportunities to meet up with other warriors and their families but most of all their Warriors to Work program was most beneficial. My Warriors to Work case manager Rick McKenna was there to answer any and all questions I had, helped me with my resume as well as job searching. In the end, after nearly 18 months I was able to successfully obtain a job in my career field. I couldn't have asked for a better organization and a better case manager as I was finishing school and job searching.
They have done nothing for me, I am disabled veteran with monthly low income from service connection, that being said they offer no travel to do anything you have to pay out of pocket , for me that is impossible because bills come first. I thought they would get me out of the house and get me to enjoy life again but they think Chicago is the only town in Illinois so if your not around Chicago get get to do nothing ... they are thieves period even when u put in to do something they still put u through a process where they can tell you no... where does all the money go where certainly not to me a so called alumni
With all of the bad news about Wounded Warriors lately, I'd like to take a minute to say that they have helped me in my absolute worst of times. I live in the Chicago area and as a last ditch effort to find a job, I asked for help through the warriors to work program. The staff at Chicago was amazing. The boss there, Tim, helped me with my resume and talked to me for over an hour about interviewing. He walked me through the different job websites and even made a few calls to companies that were hiring. Within a week I had three interviews and within two weeks I had a job. The rest of the staff in the office was so helpful as well and they obviously love what they do and are great at it. I even started working with Sam to get healthier. If the Chicago office is any indication, Wounded Warrior Project is headed in the right direction.
During a Veterans Conference at the University that I was attending after getting out of the service I met Rick McKenna, a Warriors to Work Specialist. Rick encouraged me to become a member of the Wounded Warrior Project alumni. I hesitated at first, but the minute I joined I felt the support and dedication of this organization. Rick was able to guide me with resume writing and showed me opportunities on reaching out to potential employers. It may not seem like a lot, but each one of us needs different support. That was the kind of support I needed to get my confidence back after being medically discharged. The Wounded Warrior Project constantly gives me opportunities to connect with other alumni members through sponsored events. I am a proud Alumni!
Despite the recent events surrounding administration of the organization, my experiences with the Warriors To Work program have been outstanding! The regional office I am supported under (Chicago) did not have a program specialist, therefore they matched me with a specialist out of the Kansas office. Their support and ability to shoot straight through the HR system gave me the insight I needed to land the job I wanted, not the job I had to take. The consistent follow-through was unparalleled and appreciated. All in all - the best employment transition support I have received since being medically retired from service. The specialist (Rick McKenna) cares about getting us where we want to be and works his tail off to help make the connections needed to get us the opportunities.
this the best project for wounded vets. so far great experience with multiple projects such as
computer IT cets, running program and soldier ride.
Thank You Guys
US Army Veteran
I have been a part of Wounded Warrior Project since August 2004. During this period wounded warrior project was just a small organisation with the intention of helping Wounded service members recover form their injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. This organisation has grown to a multi million company that has helped me with my recovery with the injuries sustained in iraq. i had gotten disconnected from myself and my family but, thanks to wwp I attended peer mentor support groups that helped me deal with my PTSD issues. thank you wwp i have made a great recovery and have made many great friends along the way. Thank you wwp for everything you do and are doing to help all veterans recover from injuries both physical and mentally.
I can never register for any of these events. I either get to them too late, or someone else has priority. My family is just as important as the Sargeant majors, or generals, are they not?
I would not be alive if it were not for this organization. They were there for some of my darkest days. And gave me the opportunity to heal through helping other warriors.
August of 1971. Lawrence, KANSAS, i arrived for a year post-graduate fulbright scholarship.
the campus was amazing. us in viet nam wat, color tv during meal time. and some by then hippie veterans - injured heroes - talking to me about their pains, sorrows, casualties, tears., amputed limbs. when they were aware i was portuguese, they taught me my hypocritical nazi country had threee diferente viet nam wars in ANGOLA, MOZAMBIQUE and GUINEA-BISSAU. We had no color tv, no live war scenes, because of salazar's dictatorship that was over on 04.25.1974. tomorrow's date. i was by then a non-fiction journalist and a reporter. before becoming an expose writer. WATERGATE, TOM WOLFE, THE WASHINGTON POST, CIVIL RIGHTS, FRED FRIENDLY, CHARLES GUGGENHEIM's advisor of the two murdered KENNEDYS (JOHN and ROBERT), MARTIN LUTHER KING, 1976's BICENTENNIAL - GOD BLESS YOU GUYS AND FRONT LADIES!
What inspires me to give is my daughter kourtney she is in remision from leaukemia now for 15 years so as a mom i know the pain and challenges of a child in need..i have donated to the wounded warrior project with my children and it was very rewarding for me. Im also a memeber of the leaukemia lymphomic societys news letter and help out with that to. For all those special people who have been through it all with me i apreciate everything and have the deepest thanks to them.
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HE FOUGHT FOR YOU AND ME: HOW COULD I FORGET HIM?
The soldier got both his legs blown off in Afghanistan. He was from a small town in the midwest, and had always wanted to serve his country. He'd been back for six months, and was trying to adjust to civilian life. Yeh, the world was turning, things hadn't changed for most of us but for this 26-year-old nothing would ever be the same again.
I read his story and looked at his photographs – playing with his dog, giving it his all at the rehabilitation center, laughing with his parents – and I knew I had to donate to www.woundedwarriorproject.org Their slogan is “the greatest casualty is being forgotten” and you can be sure they don't forget: WWP provides support to these wounded soldiers who risked everything to keep us safe, and have paid the ultimate price. WWP helps them heal and rebuild their lives , including finding them jobs and engaging them with their communities and the wider world.
What a cause!
I donated $36.00. Why $36, you may ask? Well, I am Jewish, and in Hebrew, words equal numbers, and 18 is a very special number, because it parallels the word CHAI, which means 'LIFE'. So I donated 'twice CHAI' for his two legs that had gone, but I was confident that with his determination, positive spirt and heart he would find a way to move forward – emotionally and physically. He was already experimenting with artificial limbs and a new technological invention that he could wear which mimics walking. I believed in this brave, young man, and was – with my small donation – willing him to get strong and live a fruitful, happy life. Every little bit helps!
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they spent more money suing another non profit 5 times over a logo than they do on helping veterans. their website is so vague i don't know if they are empowering veterans to reintegrate into society or become drug dealers. most of their admin makes more than $100,000 a year which is a lot for a NONPROFIT organization. i would give them -10 stars if it was possible they're the worst ever
Project 22 showing this past Saturday was absolutely amazing. It was emotional but my wife and I enjoyed the experience.
very said that the money seems to go to the higher ups in charity rather than the veterans
I did a fishing event at Bill's Fish Camp in suwannee Fl had a blast! I never caught more fish in my life. All the guides and people were awesome.
I used to be a HUGE WWP supporter. They haven't had ANY as in NONE, ZERO, ZIP programs in Wisconsin in the last 4 months, only 3 in last 6.
They will waste your money paying themselves and buying shtuff supposedly for vets but will use exclusively for themselves.
DONT WASTE YOU MONEY. Donate to a local VSO that WILL help vets in the local area such as the VFW or American Legion. These guys are not bogus and had to have some leadership leave the org just for that reason.
Based on my experience as a former fundraiser for American Cancer Society, I do not support your organization that has over 50% in administrative costs. When a president makes over $400,000 that is exorbitant. I have notified my fb contacts of your costs. All donors should ask about your costs prior to making donations.
Received my 2016 Membership card today. Guess there record keeping has not improved much because I canceled my membership and my $19.99 deduction to them back in early March . Since 2013 I have been paying to a Project which I thought was for the Wounded Warriors. However, I then find out that no my donation has been paying for fancy hotel stays, HIGH income for management and big wild parties which I do not believe helped any of our wounded warriors. As a 26 year Air Force Retiree, I still cannot understand how Executives can take money and not spend the bulk of the donations on the warriors it was intended for. instead they spend little on the Warriors and the Bulk on THEMSELVES. They will receive no further dollars from me, and I hope the new blood they have hired to replace those terminated will get back to full help for our Warriors.
I have participated in several bicycling events and it has helped me tremendously. I have also participated in nutrition, boxing, and other wellness events. They also assisted me with my VA claim. The staff is very caring and helpful. They have been the one place for me to turn for help when no one else was available or cared. I will be forever grateful for their help and assistance.
As a 100% Disable Veteran of over 24 yrs of Active Federal Service in the US Army I feel very thankful for what the WWP is done for me and other warriors during the Soldier Ride Jacksonville Base Camp, The WWP organization and their staff are compare to angels dedicated to serve and honor all warriors and their families. I wish this great organization lots of blessings and once again THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS……….. DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY
San German, Puerto Rico
Contacted WWP and Underarmor supplier branded (logo) apparel. Asked WWP not to show prosthetics which were supplied by the VA not WWP. In my note explained that a real charity would have brought suit in criminal or civil litigation. The board of directors should resign for failure of oversight, breach of fiduciary duty. Underarmor only response was that one day a month the open there gym to WWP. When asked what was there profit on clothing branded WWP and advertised in the vets shown in commercials. No response as to $ cost of catering/limos rental at $1000.00 per person fund raiser on USS Intrid. If the charity was honest they would openly discuss problems. What they did was hire public relations firm and lawyers to white wash a probably fraud. Worst of all disservice to our vets. This my personal opinion.
Folks, you must remove the stars based on the truth
of what has just come to surface regarding Wounded
Warrior. CEO, Steven Nardizzi & COO, Al Giordano fired.
More people had to be involved other than
the top two personnel at this non-profit.
Can no longer trust the site great nonprofits! They did not see the fraud wounded warriors were pulling. They are no just like the fake bond rating agencies. Don't trust them! Give local so you know it helps!
This charity has been really good for my recovery and I am really greatfull for them.
I participated in Soldier Ride Tampa Florida. This was a great event that I would recommend for Veterans. The staff were very supportive and courteous. This is a great organization for current and prior service members.
IS ANYONE RUNNING THE GREAT NON-PROFITS WEBSITE, EVEN READING THE REVIEWS PEOPLE SUBMIT?? MASSIVE EMBEZZLEMENT, SUED MULTIPLE TIMES, PRESIDENT FORCED TO RESIGN BY COURT ORDER... HOW TF IS THIS SCAM STILL ON THE LIST?? EFF THIS!
(written Sat. 3.12.2016). The entire "Executive Staff" must be fire because they absolutely knew of the abuse of donation funds. The following must be fire to bring back the "trust" in WWP. "Adam Silva, Jeremy Chwat, Gary Corless, Ayla Tezel, Bruce Nitsche John Hamre, John Roberts, Jon Sullivan, Michael Richardson, Donna Buckner, Amber Allred, Ned Breslin, Eric Miller, Tracy Farrell, Danielle Ossi, Jenniver Silver.." Once those executives are all fired, then and only then start donating money again. Not until". Me? Vet. USMC
Scam!!!!! Do not donate to this scam. They are corrupt.
This sleazy organization has been caught red-handed using the hard-earned money of good people (and my now deceased mother who parted with some of her Social Security check each month) to throw lavish parties, to stay in luxury hotels and basically party like they were celebrities. Hell has a special place waiting for them.
Two top executives were forced to resign due to waste of millions of dollars on first-class airfare and lavish parties. They should be prosecuted and exposed so that every vet knows their names and faces. The worst kind of hypocrisy.
Now that CEO Steven Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano have been fired or forced to resign from WWP, perhaps it can refocus on veterans' needs rather than "team building" at 5 star resorts and running those endless paid ads by celebrities. Read the group's I-990 federal tax return and see the many high salaries Nardizzi paid his pals; see the multi-million dollar fund raising contracts which powered it to taking in over $350 million last year at very high overheads; see the $150,000 grant to the Nonprofit Defense Council which advocates that high fund raising overheads are a necessary evil if you want to grow. Nardizzi is now 0 for 2 on charities he either ran or was their #2 executive. He might consider a new field of endeavor as he may be unsuited to philanthropy.
The WWP CEO should encourage all potential donors to read through his nonprofit's federal I-990 tax return, as it is quite clear that the organization is a fund raising vehicle benefiting him and a growing group of his pals in Orlando, FL, who are listed by their own accountants as making over $300,000/year. [see CharityNavigator.org's comments section under the WWP listing for the growing number of unhappy Vets who have read through their tax returns]. WWP has a very high fund raising overhead (see consultants listed on the tax return and the amounts they are being paid for their services). While they list a number of grants to local veterans organizations, those grants by and large are small and don't begin to approach what WWP spends on fund raising activities which fuel its growth. I find their use of celebrities and actual wounded servicemen and women's testimonials hard to watch--especially after reading their tax return. Committing $19/mo for a year gets you a wounded warrior blanket which looks to me like it's counted as a program expense or donation. Steve Nardizzi, the CEO, should not complain when his group is criticized.
My name is Jaime Feliciano and I am a wounded warrior involved with the Wounded Warrior Project. I have been involved with five events over the last year with WWP including Solider Ride in San Diego last weekend. This program has helped me so much with stepping out of my comfort zone and being more active. With the program I have tried and done things I would never have on my own from reading and learning about health, foam rolling, yoga, walking/running, and riding a bike. Although WWP is not a cure for pain they definitely have helped me in exploring new ways to help with pain and to find outlets to deal with the pain and emotions. More importantly I have been able to build meaningful relationships with other veterans who are "my normal". The staff has always been nothing but helpful, respectful and professional at all times. Although there has been negative press about this organization I still feel that they are doing a great job and I will continue to work with them and spread the word on how great they are.