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.
Amazing organization that truly has continued to help me and my kids in every aspect of it. It's been amazing experiences, knowledge and growth for me with wounded warrior so thank you for truly standing behind us vets and all your support
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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