A Scathing Indictment of the Wounded Warrior Project

Over on the porch.  Well worth the read.

I haven’t liked that organization for quite some time, mostly because of the way they portray wounded Veterans as being objects of pity.  Salamander puts it better than I have been able to.

an organization that uses the same visuals, tone and background music for those who fight our wars, that are are also used for starving African children … and at the same time squash local organizations using a huge legal budget.

Touché.

Here is some perspective, without minimizing the sacrifice.  The total US combat wounded in 13 years in Iraq and Afghanistan numbers around 52,000, with the vast majority being minor wounds with RTD (return to duty), such as mine were.  (Of the approximately 1,400 wounded suffered by 1st Marine Division in Anbar from February-September 2004, about 1,200 were RTD.  If those percentages hold for the larger number of 52,000, the total number with wounds serious enough to prevent a return to duty numbers around 7,500.)  We know that the number of traumatic amputations is fewer than 1,600.  This means, with just the last three years of donations, WWP has received enough money for almost $100,000 for each of the 7,500 seriously wounded Vets, or $457,000 for each traumatic amputee.  This is on top of the medical care and equipment provided by the VA for these Veterans.

With a CEO salary of almost half a million a year, the selling of donor lists, and this sort of reprehensible behavior:

According to a number of smaller groups, the Wounded Warrior Project…  has been spending a good deal of time and money suing other veteran-serving nonprofits on the basis that their names or logos constitute infringement on their brand.

I agree with Salamander, not a dime to WWP from me.  I will give to a smaller charity in a heartbeat.  One that does not make helping our wounded Veterans a “common business practice”, and one that does not intentionally harm others trying to give back to those who gave so much.

UPDATE:  XBradTC here. C0ncur all and endorse original message. There are many fine organizations to donate to, and it’s your money. But I would like to mention one that does have a sterling reputation, Fisher House.

11 thoughts on “A Scathing Indictment of the Wounded Warrior Project”

  1. Listening to my old buddies, it seems that WWP has a shitty reputation in the SOF community, (who give their money to SOWF as a result) and most Marines that I know support Marine-related charities, so I have no idea who is donating to those jack-offs. Personally, I donate to SOWF (Special Operations Warrior Foundation) and the John Grove Fund (named after an old Jolly Green pilot who was a big philanthropist in the FL panhandle until he died five years ago,) so I’ve never given a penny to WWP. Good to know my initial reaction to that charity was correct…

    1. A lot of the donations come through events. WWP has been big with entertainers and such doing concerts (and donating the proceeds).

  2. “Sound and common business practice dictates that organizations or companies mailing marketing materials to the public share and exchange lists,”

    Ah the joys of unrestrained capitalism.

    Greedy Bastards.

    1. I don’t mind capitalism. Not a bit. But when you call your business venture a charity for Veterans wounded in action, and then run it to maximize profits instead of helping Veterans, I take offense.

  3. I gave to WWP a few years back. I generally give 100 bucks at a time (makes the accounting easier). Two weeks later, I got another solicitation. I’ve been getting one about every two weeks ever since. Once I called them and requested that they refrain from frequent solicitations, as I’d rather that my contributions go to helping wounded vets. The rep was reasonable polite and explained that they have determined that their campaigns always bring more money than they cost. What they failed to explain is how much of that money actually gets to wounded vets.

    I’m with John – I give my dough to the Marines and the Legion whenever I see them at a supermarket or Wawa. I keep a fresh hundred clipped in my wallet for the occasion, folded up with the number on the inside. If you mention Chesty Puller, you can usually distract a Marine so that you can slip it in the slot without too much notice.

  4. URR:

    Thanks for the post. I was one of the suckers they had caught, but I just canceled my donation.

    Paul

  5. You mention the Fisher House. I have donated to them and then later spent two nights at one while a relative was in the navy hospital. I know most of the furnishings are probably donated but an entire wall of SubZero refrigerators makes you pause. It was all very nice but empty except for one other family. Seems like with the wars winding down, they might not need to build anymore now. Or maybe if they weren’t so fancy, they could have already had more facilities.
    Also, I got the impression from their information that Fisher House and WWP are joint/related charities. On the plus side, most of the money they collect does not go to administration like some charities.

    1. Fisher House supports families of veterans of all ages, not just the “winding down” wars. My aunt just stayed with them while my uncle was having a bypass and his service was in the 1950s.

  6. Don’t know about other parts of the county but they run perpetual ads of faux news, day and night.

    Their ad budget alone must be obscene.

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