My husband was deployed in 2003 on OIF, he came back severely ill, we have struggled for 10 years against the army and the VA. As parent of 3 kids with special needs and a ill husband, living in the terrible economy of Puertpuerto ,without a job, everything was a mess. But everything change when we found WWP.........wow!!! They helped us financially and whit my husband's VA claims. Their peer support group took a 3 hour drive to my house with 4 trucks full of food, diapers, wipes, clothes, household goods,furniture and $500 worth of gift cards. ...They talk to us, we cried,we laughed, But the most emotional moment was when Daniel, a WWP alumni gave my husband a medal like coin. I can honestly say I'm glad to have found the WWP....they truly make a HUGE difference. If I was going to write about it I will have to write a book. But from the WWP....thank you Korina Martines, Collie Waigth,Julio Quiñones, Edna and Daniel Dumas, Jerry Rivera,Pichy.....and so many others that have treated us with kindness and care
Wow- I can't believe this place needlessly wasted millions of dollars in donations on extravagant conferences and parties. It's shameful and disgusting and I'll never donate again. DO NOT DONATE TO THIS SCAM ORGANIZATION.
For the past six months when the events come out on that date as soon as it comes out all events are closed so are the workers and their families getting all the events filled
I have read an article on the Wounded Warrior Project. it is the biggest veteran service organization. it took in at least $300 million in 2015. However, it's overheads and fundraising cost are over 40% of it's revenues. The Marine foundation's overhead is less than ten percent. That was reason I had ceased to donate to the Wounded warrior project. The American legion has less overhead than the Wounded warrior project.
I donated to Wounded Warriors for over a year. I believed that the organization was dedicated to actual Wounded Warriors. In Nov 2015, I received a calendar from the organization that had a story each month about a veteran that they help. As I read the stories it became clear that the first six months had stories that didn't quite support what I believed the organization represented what there commercials portrayed. I bothered me a little. In January 2016, I was ready to double my monthly contribution when the story broke about the excesses that the management was treating themselves to. Another rip off of good people trying to help a worthy cause only to be corrupted by individual greed.
I have broke my ties with the WWP, and I am looking for a trustworthy organization that is truly trying to help wounded veterans.
My experience with Wounded Warrior has been completely different from what I had heard and researched, and certainly different from what I had expected. As a 25 year transitioning Veteran, I was looking for employment with a Veterans Service Organization (VSO) to continue to give back to service members; I knew I could not cut ties completely. I dropped my initial resume with Wounded Warrior in August 2015 and was pleasantly surprised as to what transpired.
My initial contact with Heather set my first interview for a coordinators position. A few weeks later I spent about an hour with Chelsea during my first interview, feeling that it had not gone very well. I was shocked to not only hear back from Chelsea, but was recommended to apply for a manager’s position. Chelsea set me up with Linda from the Warriors to Work program in order for me to revise my resume, work on interview skills, and general tips to put my best self forward as I went through the interview process. As I thought about it later, why would you select me as a potential candidate if my resume needed work? I thought my exit transition had done a fairly decent job of assisting me in preparing a resume. Little did I know?
Not only did I get good advice, I had a much better resume and felt better prepared. Linda assisted in revising my resume, coaching me through the interview process, providing me with tips and pointers from someone who has interviewed candidates for Fortune 500 companies. Linda and Chelsea continued to contact me, updating my progress and the steps necessary to secure employment with Wounded Warrior. Sometime after the New Year, Linda sent me an employment listing for another VSO in the San Antonio area. Linda then sent an email to the Human Resources Director of that VSO informing him of my decision to apply for the position and emphasizing my knowledge, skills and abilities; something she did not have to do. I am waiting to hear from both Wounded Warrior and the second VSO, but without Chelsea and Linda, I would not be where I am now. I had the opportunity to meet Linda in person, explained my situation to her, and without thought, she picked up the phone and made a call on my behalf, providing me with valuable information in order for me to make an informed decision.
I felt, especially after talking to Linda on numerous occasions, woefully prepared by the exit process of my service. As a senior service member, I could only imagine how a younger service member felt, how they were (or were not) prepared for transition to civilian life and employment. The family at Wounded Warrior, from my recruiting coordinator Heather, through Chelsea, Linda, Brian N., Ryan, Brian S., John, Theresa, Ferdinand and Tim, have helped me navigate not only the Wounded Warrior process, but also provided me information, resources, and enthusiastic support in working towards my own desire to support other service members.
Understanding what was available to me from Wounded Warrior, how they could assist me and my family has made a tremendous impact on me personally. I owe the entire staff a debt I cannot repay. Regardless of future employment, I will continue to support and volunteer to support the Wounded Warrior Project and those they serve.
It simply amazing that after my Mother died they refused to stop hounding her estate. They even had the gall to bill her 11 months after her passing. The first 6 times I called and said I needed to get this resolved...they hung up the phone. You know they are skeevy because they do not put a phone number on their direct mail and they do not have an 800# to call. It took a legal threat to get them to respond.
I was so disappointed to read all the bad reviews about them as they used to be a well respected charity that did good for soldiers. Now they seem to be a charity that just does good for their own employees.
Many veterans have noted that Wounded Warrior Project's "services" to veterans includes regularly e-mailing invitations to events that are already full. WWP counts each and every "invited" person as a veteran they helped that year. Same if the only assistance provided was a referral list of charities that might help with their issues. This is beyond sleazy and it is long past time for this profiteering "charity" to be exposed. And that is finally happening.
I am 80% percent disability with P.T.S.D. Issues since 2009 from Iraq. Last Year I became Homeless with my daughter and her 3 children. I called wounded warriors because they help you get into a home and they only gave me other referrals that were out of resources. I am still homeless and hoping I can get enough from income tax for 1st last month and deposit.
I really have been very impressed with WWP. Everything they try to do is in the best interest of most OIF/OEF Veterans. The Project Odysseus that helps PTSD wounded vets recover. Equestrian Veteran therapy programs are outstanding also are work in process. I really think a lot of this negative publicity is because other veteran organizations ( DAV,VFW) feel threatened and see a lot of their contributions dropping. But starting a which hunt against another organization is wrong because it is hurting Veterans they claim to help. There own bylaws prevent them from this. Leave WWP alone before they start looking at your real numbers. Be patient because a lot of veterans sign up for these programs. Once your picked you'll see what I mean. The programs are veteran focused and really helpful .
Found out this is a for profit organization spending lavishly on executive salaries and other non veteran related 'functions'.
Since signing up over two years ago we have yet to have a local event to participate in even after writing. Both my husband and I are disabled combat veterans. He was hit by an ied. Not only are functions non existent after requests, but request for help through VA claims would not be helped as well. I have done all the grunt work and even the birthday calls are a month late. The only thing we have received out of WWP is a free hat, water bottle and small throw.
I would look up a local outdoor veteran organization before donating here.
Wounded Warrior Project has helped me in many ways. My first outing was Soldier Ride NC. Their staff showed my that even with a spinal injury i can still get out and ride a bike. The information i received at SRNC has proven invaluable. My second and third outings were deep sea fishing trips. For me fishing is an ultimate therapy because nothing matters but that fish on the line.. on the second fishing trip there was an open spot when we went to leave the dock, and even though it was an alumni only event, the staff allowed my eight year old son to join us. We all had a blast, and my son and i got some time to bond and have fun together. In Dec 2015 they sent my whole family and my mother in law to see Disney on Ice for my daughters 5th birthday. I have never seen a bigger smile on my little girls face. They call periodically to check in on myself amd my wife and kids to make sure everything is going ok. If we have any event requests we forward them on amd they do their best to get is to them. WWP has helped us grow as a family, the extensive reach of their ability and willingness to help is unbelievable. If it weren't for WWP and their help amd activities, i would most likely be homeless, hungry and divorced. THANK YOU WWP FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE FOR MY FAMILY
I wish I could rate them less then a one star. I was facing homelessness because of a service connected disability. When I contacted them for help all they did wad send a list of other charities to call for help. They couldn't even help me expediting my claims with the VA. I wouldn't donate a dime to this charity. Social security approved my case in 90 days, that's how bad my disabilities are. I say save your money and give it to an organization that really helps.
They deserve no stars because they help no one except themselves to all the money. The CEO gave himself a 100 million dollar
Wounded Warrior does not deserve a raiting. I am a OIF, OEF also a wounded warrior who is 100% disabled with VA and SSDI. My rant is like all the other guys on here who are complaining about receiving emails to events that are full already. Thank You kindly for not treating me like a ass!! Look I have a lot of issues and a short life expectantsy, so I would ask please quit wasting my time by sending event information that you are never going to let me sign up for because it is always full. I would love to see somebody Audit this organization to see exactly what it is you all are doing for the disabled combat soldiers who you all have elected to be wounded warriors. I have yet received any help from you all, in fact I have delt with VA all by myself and my rep tried to take credit for this. I am sure you all are by regions and if so the Louisville Nashville region needs to have a internal audit. My name is
Marshall Howell and I am a disabled vet who does not like any organization to use soldiers like me to make there selves look better. I would ask that somebody hire up from WWP read what we are saying. It's sad WWP has our public believing that they are really doing something for us.. You all should be ashamed of yourself. I had to put at least one star because this site would not let me just continue with any rating.. Also asked me to choose my role when submitting and I could only pick client!! That's right I'm a client!!! Get the F out of here...
Well, I'm not sure if these events are real or fake. Every time I'm sent an invite, I click on the apply now and I always get a quick note stating it no longer available, so please don't invite me to something that already full. I don't have time for emotional games.
After my Army service was over, I was lost as I was trying to deal with my PTSD, pain, physical problems AND civilian life. The WWP provided me with opportunities to get out of my house and do activities with other wounded warriors. I found that when I am with the WWP and other wounded warriors, I fit in. We "get" each other without words. The WWP reps in my area have been amazing in coordinating events. I want to mention by name that Kayla, Chris and Tony are 3 extremely talented people whose sincere dedication to helping wounded warriors is more than obvious. They have coordinated so many activities. Some of these include outdoor yoga, hikes and date night dinners with other couples in the WWP. I even attended a Project Odyssey. For the past year these are the only things that got me out of my isolation at home. The WWP set up fitness programs that would run for six weeks, several days of the week. This was the most beneficial for me. I was able to work out at my own pace and within my physical limitations with full acceptance by other wounded warriors. I could not walk into a civilian fitness center, much less take part in fitness classes with the scrutiny from civilians who can do it all with ease. By meeting weekly, I got to know other wounded warriors well. I felt a commitment to them to show up. So I did - even, when on days when I was hurting, feeling down or just wanted to stay home and isolate. This is what has allowed me to move forward in my recovery. I still have a ways to go, but I am in a better place these days. I want to say thanks to the WWP and reps in my area for being there when I needed the help most.
My name is Jim and my domestic partner Kathy. wish to get involved with WWP.
I am disabled and Kathy works.
I am a person who enjoys the water and fishing and Kathy is outdoors and works with a company who serves the elderly/disabled.
For years I was able to take my bass boat andd enjoy fishung or just a day on a local lake.
My disability progressed where I needed to sell the boat.
Alas we bought a New Pontoon boat this past spring. I had it outfitted with all the toys to fish any sort of fishing.
We have toy toys that are for children and adults.
We also have equipment that will make a day for on the water and off (picnic and day camp).
We wish to share with a Warrior(s) and immediate family members, up to four on craft and if not family a friend, one or two.
We would be able to do these things at least one(1) weekend a month starting in April, weather permitting.
We live in Redding Ca.
Depending on water conditions in our drought effected lakes we at least are able to access areas near the water for a family picnic day with kids able to still use our water toys.
There is no alcohol aloud before or during outings.
Other than prescribed medications ,nil.. on or off th craft and outing areas.
All costs for the day including food would be our pleasure.
I have looked at your area maps as to WWP locations and find none even close.
If you would help us help a warrior and family enjoy the day we would appreciate that.
Jim Eagle/Kathy Sundstrom.
I am 72 Kathy 56. We can fish and I have all that is needed to make an enjoyable day(s) we believe./Users/jimeagle/Pictures/Pontoon 3.png/Users/jimeagle/Pictures/pontoon 4.png/Users/jimeagle/Pictures/pontoon 4.png
Why does WWP send out event notices that are already fully booked. Signed curious wounded warrior
Throughout the many past years of retirement I have been a regular donor to our military, as well as other charitable organizations. But along the way, I learned I was often mislead by taking things at "face value" and was donating to the wrong organizations. One such case is the Wounded Warrior Project. (See why below.)
I don't like giving my money away to "inefficient" organizations. This is like giving my hard-earned money to the wrong people since administrators, Presidents, CEOs, and other officers are often taking a significant portion of my donation. It is like you worked to help support them, not the needy. So after digging past the first layer of sad TV ads and relentless mailed donation requests, it became obvious many of these people are simply in this for the money.
Luckily, scraping away the surface layers was made much easier using free, independent online references such as GuideStar.org and CharityNavigator.org. In this way your money gets the most "bang for the buck."
Based on factual information available through these resources, I CAN SEE THAT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT (WWP, Jacksonville FL) DOES NOT FALL INTO MY CATEGORIZATION OF BEING AN "EFFICIENT" CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION. If you check the above references yourself, which include IRS Form 990, and you will see the following pitiful data: Less than 60% of WWP's total expenses goes to the programs and services it exists to deliver; the CEO was compensated $419,715 in Fiscal Year 2014; the COO and CFO together received a total of over $604,000 compensation; eleven other "officers, key employees, and highest compensated employees" were compensated a total of$2,272,256 ($206,568 average/person); and more than 33% of expenses were spent on "Fundraising."
Now compare WWP to other military charities such as those suggested by CharityNavigator.org: the USO of Missouri, Inc. (MO) or the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (VA), or even your favorite charity. You will see the percentage going to soldiers or veterans in need are significantly higher than the 60% provided by WWP: For the Tragedy Assistance Program over 79% percent of its total expenses are spent on the programs and services it exists to deliver; for the USO of Missouri, over 83% is spent on services for the ones in need. And fundraising and officer salary expenses are grossly less. Also, "Overall Ratings" of these two are 4 of 4 Stars compared to WWP's 3 stars; "Overall Scores" are 92+ and 96+ compared to WWP's 84+.
What is a notable difference is that WWP's revenues are many times larger than the above two examples. But how does one justify fourteen WWP CEO, officers', and administrators' salaries totaling $2,745,271?
Review from Guidestar
All interactions with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) have been well above the normal level of satisfaction, but this event took it to another level. The WWP hosted the 2015 Jacksonville, FL WWP Alumni Summit in Amelia, Island, FL and this event was a success more times over than I can say. Meting likeminded service men and women was an unexpected treat. Having participated in several events, this by far was my favorite. The level of attention to detail and planning to create this spouse friendly event was epic. My wife and I enjoyed meeting fellow armed services members and spouses, while relaxing with one another over a few days. Many things were the highlight of this trip to include an outstandingly attentive resort staff, motivational speakers, and WWP representatives. I hope this is the pinnacle of events, because this one will be hard to beat. Thanks for allowing my wife and I the opportunity to attend this event. Lastly, I enthusiastically look forward to staying connected with the many people we met this weekend.
Wounded warrior project is amazing ! I can't begin to tell all of the ways they have helped us! They saved my warriors life and my marriage! From all the mental support, activities and more we are eternally grateful for this
We had a great weekend in Amelia Island, Florida at the "Alumni Couples Summit" with WWP. Being newly married it was educational for my Wife and gave her more information, tools to help Us and she spent quality time with other spouses and made friends who share the same issues with their Warrior. EVERYTHING WWP does for Warriors, Caregivers, Families is first-class and REALLY helps!!!! I can not thank them enough for helping us.
all of the services offered are GREAT! You get out of them what you put in. Get serious about your recovery and take the initiative!
We had an AMAZING time in the Amelia Island, FL alumni summit this past weekend.
All of the couples who participated were amazing, the staff was great and we had an incredible time between the games, food, segway tour, massages, and bonfires!
Thanks for a GREAT WEEKEND!
My wife and I recently attended the WWP Alumni Summit Couples Retreat and had an amazing time. The staff was very professional and all the accommodations were fantastic.
The program was very motivational and empowering including physical activities (yoga, running, walking...), entertainment (horse back riding, Segway, bonfire...), and we learned better communication methods, which we will implement for the rest of our lives. We were reminded all the WWP resources and points of contact.
It was great seeing how much they care and the respect that they have for all veterans. We came back home feeling recharged and ready to tackle new challenges.
Thank you WWP for a much needed retreat and everything you do for our veterans.
I thank the Lord Jesus that I found out about WWP. As a registered WWP Alumni, I have personally witnessed the depths to which the staff at WWP are willing to go in order to take care of veterans and their loved ones.
After returning yesterday from the 2015 Jacksonville Alumni Summit which was held this past weekend in Amelia Island, I pleased to share that my spouse and I are refreshed and glad to be a part of the Jacksonville Alumni community. I could tell it was the intention of WWP and their staff to create an environment where myself and the others veterans that attended felt safe, regardless of our injury.
We had the opportunity to meet fellow warriors living in Florida and share some of our experiences with each other in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. We learned some of the many similar interests we share and are now looking forward to starting up a group gathering on a monthly basis where we would go out and experience all the good that Jacksonville and some of its surrounding areas has to offer.
I and several friends have turned to them for help but never received anything but a run around. At a recent Marine Corps League meeting I asked about them and no one knew anyone who had ever been helped by them.
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Then men and women who work at wounded warriors truly care for us broken old troops. They drop everything and run to your side if they think you may have any sort of issue. I've received more help and have healed much quicker through the WWP.
The Wounded Warrior Project Southeast Soldier Ride team members Jacksonville #2 provided myself a prescription no doctor can prescribe, empowerment over my nightmares and setbacks form my traumatic Brain Injury. The experience to be with fellow Warrior Alumni to accomplish a mission together, no mater how slow I was. We were able to complete on our terms with each Alumni, coach, team member never leaving me and always providing positive words of encouragement, when each knew I was dealing with the physical challenges from a brain injury and were there the entire mission. What I felt/saw during WWP Soldier ride couldn't be put into words other than, I would gladly give back every medal I earned in combat to our elected Government Officials, in exchange for every Wounded Warrior Project Alumni to participate/ experience the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier ride!
The Wounded Warrior Project is a great service for Wounded Warriors
they flew me and my service dog to San Antonio for the WWP Soldier Ride
it was the first time since I got out of the Army that I was comfortable being around
other people other than my family they have many services for us and they go the extra mile to make us feel comfortable
Paul A. Flora
Rick McKenna of the Wounded Warriors Project: Warriors 2 Work, gave me all the tools to find a new career. Rick made a suggestion about networking and I have a fantastic job now because of him! If you're a veteran seeking a better career Rick McKenna is the man to talk to.
Go to this link. Make sure to click on read more. You will see their IRS financial report. http://bulletsfirst.net/2015/07/03/proof-that-wounded-warrior-project-uses-less-than-52-of-donations-to-help-vets/
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I had a good job but was working long hours and neglecting time at home with my family. After spending many hours looking for different employment, I was not having any success. I reached out to WWP, and Rick McKenna absolutely rocked it. He assisted me with business attire, so I could look my best when interviewing. He also did an amazing job of regularly following up with me, offering business skills advice and was always my voice of reason. I ended up landing a "dream" job and am so happy now. I am very thankful for WWP making a difference in my life and bringing back time with my family.
I tried to get help financially and they send you to another organization. I contacted the operation homefront and they were very rude, had me jump through soo many hoops, I felt like they just want the money for themselves and their corporate jets and offices. From all the money that gets donated, very little goes to the soldiers, VERY UPSETTING!!!!
If I donate my time, can I plan events for the 13K plus Vetrrans in East Texas?!? Why isn't there ever anything here for us, them?!?
Went to Wounded Warrior dinner yesterday in New York City at BBQ in NYC. First event and I was blown away. Only interactions with Wounded Warrior were the gifts they sent as well as most Importantly is the Yearly Birthday call to wish me Happy Birthday.
WWP has helped my more than I could have imagined. My first experience was doing a Soldier's Ride where I had the opportunity to meet other Vets dealing with similar experiences and that made it easier to talk about them. During those talks I learned about WWP's employment assistance office. Once I contacted them they got right on reviewing my resume and suggested a few changes and then helped me get in front of a few companies. I am now happily employed and enjoying being with the company that hired me. I'm not sure I would have found them on my own, so I'm thankful for the team at WWP for helping me. I now tell any other Veteran I run into about them and will continue to do so. Thank you Wounded Warrior Project!
The WWP has fine so much for me. I have been to quite a few of their events and have had so much fun. Also I've attended two of their retreats and they have been so helpful. Now I have a life coach who us helping me accomplish my goals. I thank the WWP for all that they have done for me.
Thank you for running a stellar nonprofit group. You do awesome work.
WWP Odyssey, events, and now they are helping support my wife with caregiver support. I spent two years knowing I should reach out, needed to reach out to wounded warrior but let pride stand in my way. They made it so easy to feel comfortable and get out of the house.Puts of my own little patrol base. Now I have a new calling my fellow vets, the great outdoors, even this great non profit. Lastly it feels good to love my self, family, and state of California again. Special thanks to Nor Cal Team of WWP Mike B. Mike H. and John C. Also all of the team and Alumni from WWP Odyssey Yosemite Team 1!
Thank you all. Going through everything I have been through. I always feel like I am just a number. WWP made me feel like a individual they made me feel important again. They helped me find my drive again. Thanks again
The Warriors to Work Program, has been fantastic not only for our vets, but also for their caregivers. With their training programs for IT certifications coupled with their support for job placement, it's an organization that lives up to its stellar reputation. The WWP staff, inparticualar, their Warriors to work leadership, has been irreplaceable not only as a resource for job placement, but also as an example of character. If you are a vet or family of a veteran and need assistance in this regard, this is a nonprofit that truly has your best interest as a priority
I Samuel L Cook need to gratefully thank WWP for the wonderful therapeutic soldier ride in Birmingham Al Oct 15-18 2015. This was the most support I have every had around a large group of people. Hopefully I can use this treatment that the WWP gave me in the on coming day. Thanks Lonni Maddux for getting in the program. Samuel Cook.
We truly enjoyed attending the PBR in Louisville, Ky thanks to the WWP. It was our 14th wedding anniversary and would have not been able to go to an event like this without the help of Sean Luke and the WWP. Thank you so very much for such an enjoyable event!
I just want to thank the WWP, especially Kim Neff, for allowing my husband and grandson the opportunity to share with other alumni the experience of zip lining at Mammoth Cave. This experience really helped my guys to bond over something we would not be able to afford. Raising 3 young grandchildren on our limited budget as well as having physical limitations this event was so inspiring for both of them. They came away with such enthusiasm and since of accomplishment. Thank you WWP for giving them the opportunity. With gratitude and respect we appreciate your help so very much. SD, Clarkson,Kentucky
I have gotten to do a lot of stuff, I never would've gotten to do without Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)!! I have meet some many new friends because of WWP. I recommend WWP to all you post 9/11 Veterans who are sitting at home doing nothing. Get out there and sign up and come enjoy the comradery of your brothers & sisters.
The Wounded Warrior Project is by far the best non profit organization for Soldiers and Veterans. The WWP department that helped me the most was the Warriors to Work program. I attended an interview / resume writing workshop at Ft Sill, OK which absolutely made my transition great. I wish the Army's Soldier For Life (formerly ACAP) would take notes from the WWP.
I attended this seminar about 8 months before my actual retirement date, and began to work specifically with Linda Cubero. She helped prepare me for every interview and reviewed my resume for accuracy too. Her tips and pointers became a staple for my preparation before each interview, and her guide found a permanent home in my briefcase.
My transition was not easy, and employment didn't come fast. It took several months during my transition leave, but I finally landed a job that pays me $85k per year. I am so thankful to be a part of the WWP, and grateful that they hire the right people like Linda!
The WWP Soldier Ride was a great way to meet other warriors and to live the logo. Sometimes you need help and you're the person being carried and sometimes you're the person helping and carrying a battle buddy. It was a great time to meet new friends, help those how needed encouragement and to rejuvenate myself. The staff was awesome, friendly and very caring.
The WWP has failed in North Carolina from a retired veterans perspective. First offni work 65 hours a week to support my wife and children. Secondly I live over two hours from Ft. Bragg. All the events that are put on are 2 or more hours away from me and or are during the weekdays. I have asked for years for them to look into this yet they have done nothing. Awesome for the veterans that live near Ft. Bragg I'm sure it's a blast. WWP talks about how it's important to be with your fellow veterans and do things together to bad any of us that ACTUALLY have to work have no clue what that's like.
Not all wounds are visible. That being said, these people are the champions of understanding that. They have saved my life. More so than they will ever know. It's hard for people in "underserved" areas, I know, I just moved to one. Even if you can only attend an event or 2 a year, go! Be with people that understand us. When you do that, you WILL make connections and friends. Stop 22. This helps. They help. If they can't, they know someone that can. STOP 22!!!!
After leaving the army I struggled with day-to-day life having flashbacks of my time in Iraq. The VA had one solution give him drugs.
I found out about The Wounded Warrior Project I was immediately paired up with a combat stress specialist who checked on me consistently. She told me about the free resources offered by the wanted warrior Project. I first attended project Odyssey and met several other veterans who suffered from PTSD. This program showed me many tools on how to help cope with this serious problem. The employees of Wounded Warrior Project don't take this is just a job but they truly care about our nations veterans. I donate money every month to the Wounded Warrior Project and I attend as many events as I can. Wanted warrior Project has far exceeded anything that our government has offered our veterans. Our government has let our veterans down and the wanted warrior Project has picked up the slack
I have been an Alumni and donor to The Wounded Warrior Project for the past 2 years the organization has offered me more support and services than our own government programs set up to support us veterans. The staff at the Wounded Warrior Project has been available to offer support and guidance to me and my family as well as numerous other veterans I know. There never seems to be a shortage of volunteers for their events either. The WWP events in the Northeast are all fully staffed with volunteers which says they have a great following.
The WWP has truly changed my life
Went on the 2015 Boston soldier ride, and was able to reconnect with service members that were going through some of the same things I was. It was a great. Many people from the community came out to volunteer and cheer us on during our ride. WWP is great Nonprofit!
WWP went all out! I just got back from a 5 day (including travel) event. The staff were friendly, professional and worked like a well oiled machine. The staff spared no expense or effort to make sure we were treated right and got what we needed. This event was supposed to be an introduction to fitness, outside activity, healthy eating and it delivered on all in spades. In addition the group of military veterans from all branches quickly bonded and the camaraderie enhanced the whole experience. In addition, the community support for this WWP event from ordinary people showered every veteran there with appreciation and respect such that I came home feeling recharged, appreciated, valued, more whole and educated. I bet all the others did too...
I recently attended the WWP Soldier ride in Nashville. It was an event that I was told by numerous wounded warriors is an opportunity of a lifetime and it will change your life. I am a pretty active guy and did some research and was invited to this awesome event. I love being around veterans that are living with some of the same nightmares that we encountered in combat. The soldier ride brought us all together and I have walked away with 50 new friends. I am purchasing a new bike and will be working on a healthier lifestyle. I cannot thank the Wounded Warrior Project enough for this awesome experience. Keep up the great work and Semper Fi!
The WWP is a awesome organization that I have the honor of being part in. I am a Wounded Warrior Alumni and have attended many events that the WWP hosts. I have learned valuable information and have connected with many wounded warriors such as myself. Keep up the awesome work WWP!
I honestly don't know where to begin. I recently attended the WWP Soldier Ride in Nashville, TN. First I'd like to start off by saying thanks to everyone who helped get this set up. ALL of the staff truly care and were amazing! This experience made me not only realize there is a lot of help our there for wounded warriors but it also made me realize that I too can do more. With that being said I strongly encourage anyone who has not attended a WWP event to do so. I will certainly do more not just only with WWP but I will also donate more of my time and money than I currently am!
WWP enabled me to reconnect with my military family through positive physical activity leaving me with a fresh outlook on life.
I have been an Alumni of the WWP for about a year now and the experience has been amazing. The events and support with fellow warriors and team members provide a comfortable atmosphere where I feel calm. The Training Academy has allowed to gain certifications to further my career and the Solder Ride permitted me regain confidence that I can accomplish extreme challenges with disabilities. I relearned I only limit myself.
The Wounded Warrior Program was a big help. After being wounded and medically separated from the U.S. Army I felt like a rabid dog kicked to the curb. I was given no counseling by the army to go to a VA office, clinic, or VAMC to receive service connected disability / compensation. I felt lost in a sea of what happens now. After I was finally called by the VA ( a special group was formed by congress to find combat wounded veteran’s listed as serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who were not getting VA medical help), did I go to the nearest VA clinic and fill out the many pages of forms. (Nothing was electronic).
I started getting treatment and the county veteran’s service office helped me fill out a claim and instructed me to wait for an answer. Nothing was mentioned about dependents pay. I received my first claim 20 months later. 70%. The service organization the county Veteran’s office chose for me sent a letter and asked me why I didn’t apply for spouse / dependent’s pay. So I had to request dependent’s benefits. That took another 9 months. I wanted to appeal the initial compensation and the service organization I had as my liaison wouldn’t contact me, call me, or return calls and e-mails. Another vet I roomed with at the PTSD 6 week program told me to contact Wounded Warrior Project. Best advice in a long time.
I went to WWP’s web site and signed up as an alumnus. Senior Liaison Officer Christopher Hausrath contacted me the next day. He sent the formal document that needed signed to let the VA know that WWP was now my service organization liaison. Chris kept me up to date, answered my many questions I had as well as he returned e-mails and called by phone if necessary. When he was at training seminars he would check his e-mail and phone messages. This was great. Finally, getting answers and knowing what I needed to do.
Later I was assigned another Senior Liaison Officer, Shawn Poston. Shawn took over my case from Chris without as much as a hiccup. The VA later granted me 100% TEMPORARY Disability rating as they stated that my PTSD may improve over time and I would have to be screened yearly to determine if my mental health improved.
Last year (2014), my VA nurse case manager (She rocks! Always calls me or returns calls pronto! One of the best things the VA has done) asked me if I had a Gulf War Syndrome test performed and if I had registered for the Burn Pit Registry. I hadn’t, and she contacted the clinic and they scheduled me an appointment. After my exam, I was asked several medical condition(s) questions. Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Sleep Apnea? Rashes? Continuing headaches? I was told to file a claim for each of the conditions I had been diagnosed with. Preemptive conditions. If I was diagnosed with it, I could be compensated due to medical conditions being service connected.
I contacted Shawn and he sent me the VA forms that needed to be completed. I submitted them with the “fast track” compensation form and submitted all the medical documents to support my claim with the compensation request form. Doing this was to help you get your claim completed in 90 days or less. I filed in October 0f 2014. In February, I contacted Shawn about my claim, as I was receiving letters from the VA stating they were working on my claim. I knew of the humongous back log of claims the VA had received and that’s why I thought it would be more like 5 months instead of 3. The VA did not notify me that because I was claiming several medical conditions, my claim was removed from the “Fast Track” claim procedure and placed with the other claims that needed more time to complete. I was mad. Really mad. How could the VA not notify me of this? I sent Shawn a long letter of why was I not getting better results as I did everything the VA wanted, filled out more claim forms. Previous employer forms, etc.
Thank goodness for Shawn. He stayed in touch with me and updated me on the process. He even informed me that the VA regional office my claim was being handled had a reputation of scrutinizing VA claims very carefully and slowly. I don’t know what Shawn did but I received a call from the regional VA office. You never get a call from them. They asked me a few questions and told me they were looking for a part of my file that was missing. The next week he called back and located it in the VA medical forms electronic filing office. My claim was being moved along. Then the regional doctor exams. I felt doomed by the questions they asked or by the exams they did (and didn’t) perform.
My claim was completed at the end of September, 2015. 100%. Total and permanent. Big relief. VA benefits for my kids college. Life insurance. Vocab was available. The difference between 100% temporary and total and permanent is amazing. Shawn and the Wounded Warrior Project are the play makers. When Shawn was at training, out the office, or unable to take calls or e-mails, he let you know. Just as Chris had done, Shawn was very professional and kept me of my claim status. He would return calls or e-mails as soon as he could. And if he would be unavailable, someone else was assigned to take his calls or e-mails and contact me.
Wounded Warrior Project went beyond what I expected from a Service Organization. The staffs from their headquarters to the regional offices were very professional at all times. As an Alumnus, I have been fortunate to participate in WWP activities with my family. The staff members who ran these events were just as professional, caring, and showed a true concern for the warrior. Chris and Shawn are top notched. Their expertise and knowledge of how the VA regional offices operate and their know how of how the VA system works in general is incredible. I can assure anyone reading this that I can genuinely say that the staff members who work for Wounded Warrior Project are all professionals no matter what their job title may be. They work together as a team with one goal; to help the warrior, the warrior’s family, and ensure that the warrior receives what they have earned. I am indebted to this organization for their support, encouragement, and assistance with my Veteran’s Administrations compensation for service connected disabilities. May God bless the Wounded Warrior Project, its staff, all Americans and our country. Bravo Zulu to all at Wounded Warrior Project. (You may have to look that one up).
R. Williamson U.S. Navy / U.S. Army
Well, my husband is a combat Vet, three times over, and he has severe PTSD. We live in Southern Indiana......are there any Veterans Support Groups of any type anywhere? We live in Bedford. My husband could REALLY use some other Vets to talk with and spend time with .....it has been a VERY rough road. I don't need to tell any of you that. I am trying to get him into Project Odyssey. Any feedback on that you can help me with? Thank you!! God bless you all and thank you for your service!!
After my brother was seriously wounded while serving in Afghanistan, my family was in a state of shock. All we really wanted to do was be by his side to support him, but there was so much more to it than that. Navigating the logistics of being there, understanding his rights / benefits, and seeing a path toward a happy, healthy, and independent life for my brother. Wounded Warrior Project helped with all of this and more. They weren't just there for my brother, they were there for me and my family so that we could be in a position to help him. I cannot express my thanks enough to guys like Al Giordano, Steve Nardizzi and the entire Wounded Warrior Project team. They have changed our lives for the better and let us know that my brother isn't alone; today...or ten years from now. GREAT nonprofit that will have my support for as long as I live.
Donated in honor of a veteran and friend, but then read the financials and saw the press about them spending money to sue other veteran organizations and decided that my financial support for wounded veterans can find many better organizations to fund.
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I am a combat veteran with PTSD, and the WWP has provided me with resources and support for several years now.
I recently signed up for training and was flown out of state, picked up at the airport by a guy holding a sign with my name on it and driven to the hotel resort for the weekend training event where I met 20 other vets just like me. They covered all my expenses, I got free training and got to meet other vets who are going through the same things I am.
It was the first time I didn't feel alone in a crowd since I came home from the war.
And best I've ever been treated in my life. WWP does help veterans, and they take amazing care of us, I am proof.
I participated in my first WWP event last weekend. I did a soldier ride and it was awesome! I got to meet so many cool people that understand what it's like to be a disabled veteran. We got to participate is so many great activities. The WWP staff were totally amazing and super helpful. The accommodations were 5 star all the way. I didn't have to pay for anything and I received a lot of cool items. This is a really fantastic organization that honors our disabled war veterans and also provides many needed services. If you are thinking of donating ,please do,your money will be put to good use. If you're an eligible veteran that is considering joining, I can't recommend it enough.