Skip to comments.WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT IS A FRAUD
Posted on 11/11/2013 8:53:48 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
The Wounded Warriors Project (WWP) pays millions of dollars for commercials showing injured service members. Many were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements (Why?). I have talked to many Veterans who were promised many things from WWP and did not receive anything in return for the use of their likeness in commercials and print ads.
The commercials do not mention anything WWP does to help the injured service members. Listen closely to the commercials as they parade an injured veteran around like an injured animal. They pay famous actors and musicians to pull on the nations heart strings. Fox News takes...
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Large sums of money and the Federal Government Laws for big charities have killed charity in America. It have allowed people to grab money through administration costs.
I have several friends who are very involved with charitable organizations working on behalf of veterans and others who are military bloggers. They are not impressed with Wounded Warriors and all that I know have withdrawn their support of this organization. It does not appear to be what it seems.
According to Charity Navigator, WWP allocates 55 percent of its revenue to program expenses and 44.8 percent to fundraising and administrative expenses. That’s pretty poor.
I have no first-hand knowledge, but I’ve heard the same. There are plenty of other ways to help wounded veterans where the money will be properly used.
This is news.....
I’d like to hear others assessment of the WWP.
There are several, solid, well intentioned, conservative media voices, supporting WWP.
I would have thought they vetted WWP.
Laura, Hugh, Bill, Dennis, etc....
Be skeptical of any charitable organization that advertises on television!
I make a general rule of not donating to charities whose admins make more than I ever did...
They are after $$$$ humongous Businesses/Corporate money, not individual donations, and ALWAYS turn Lefties. As they will support gun control etc etc
Only a VERY small fraction of the donation they collected will be used for the true purpose of the ‘non-profit org’, i.e. helping wounded veterans.
Sadly, I have heard the same thing from a friend (Marine) at Walter Reed.
I had no idea. We have donated to WWP several times in the past. Can anyone verify this?
I never give to national charities anymore. I prefer to give to church or local groups that I have thoroughly vetted
Greed will infiltrate every organization and business if left unchecked, or if it’s migrated to the top, or starts at the top.
I quit working with them when they refused to accept donations from a church. After researching their “success,” it seems like they are good fundraisers, but not good at transparency.
WWP has done alot to help my son. In the 3 years my family has delt with this organization we have nothing but great things to say about what they have done for us. Some may have a different experience, but for us they have been the answer to our prayers.
I would like a clarification of the numbers. Does this mean that 99.8% is used in fundraising and expenses, or does it mean that 44.8% is used in fundraising and administrative expenses - which is part of the 55% program expenses?
If the former, it is a completely fraudulent “charity” intended to pay administrative salaries. If the later, it is not being managed as well as it should, administratively heavy, but possibly still well intentioned.
I give mostly to reputable local and regional ones, mainly animal shelters and rescues.
How about Marine Parents? I’ve done a little work with them, and they seemed legit.
They lost me when they refused a donation from a church group awhile back. (See http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/wounded-warrior-project-apologizes-for-rejecting-church-donation.html)
By comparison Fisher House has 96.6% going to the troops, and 2.2% admin costs, and 1% fundraising.
Several years ago, I made a rather substantial donation (for me) to an org that purported to provide laptop computers to injured vets.
That got me on ‘the list’. Twice per month thereafter, I was receiving ‘we want more’ mailings. Some of those mailing were costly to produce, as they included pre-paid FEDEX return packs, etc.
It took 4 returns that I marked ‘REMOVE ME’ before they quit sending their mailings.
The total cost of their expensive ‘we want more’ mailings probably ate up half of my original donation. I concluded that they had turned into a professional fundraising org that spend more on fundraising than aiding vets. In one of their last mailings they indicated that they were joining one of the bigger ‘vet aid’ groups.
Regrettably, it becomes more difficult to find ‘real’ groups/orgs that actually do disperse aid as they claim.
He’s also anti gun.
They sure have a huge budget for TV commercials.
About a year or so ago a church-supported private school raised SEVERAL thousand dollars for WWP. They refused to take the money because it was a church-affilated school. That church has also raised more funds for the project, which was also refused. Several groups went to bat for the school, saying that there was no coercion with this gift to do anything religious, or make any religious professions with the gift, so why would IT be deemed coercive and a gift from an atheist group would not? I think they finally accepted it, but with a lot of coercion from MANY other groups to do the right thing. However, other facts started to leak out about the high costs associated with running the charity, and although one does expect there to be real operating costs involved, it should not be more than a certain percent...I think 25%, give or take a little. Some groups operate on less because most of the workers are volunteers, not paid workers. To me, when I heard they refused this gift in the first place, it told me all that I needed to know. Another PC group that is susceptible to bribery and graft. NOT ONE MORE donation will ever be given by me to that group, I don’t care WHO supports it.
They lost my respect when they came out to be anti-2A.
Good to hear that it worked for someone. Do you think that is due to the local staff and volunteers rather than something coming down from the top?
We’ve donated to Fisher House in the past. I’m glad to hear that we can continue to do so.
Charity Navigator also compares the overall score of several other veteran's orgs at the bottom of the page, and they don't look much better:
Wounded Warrior Project, FL - 54.39
USO of Illinois - 58.16
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust, KY - 55.36
USO of Missouri, Inc. - 64.37
Special Operations Warrior Foundation, FL - 68.89
The same page also provides a link to highly-rated vets aid orgs at the very bottom, but you have to be a registered user to access it.
Yep. I was skeptical of their *fundraising* efforts just by the looks of their (multiple per month) slick mailings and TV commercials. But the final straw for me was when they refused to go on GunTalk radio, last Veteran’s Day. I’ve sent back EVERY mailer to them, asking to be removed from their list, since. Here’s an article explaining the *anti-gun* stance - that’s come back to kick ‘em in the butt....
“I had no idea. We have donated to WWP several times in the past. Can anyone verify this?”
You can find the contact info for the author at the end of the original piece.
But--is there a way to get a list of those organizations which really do help wounded veterans? Certainly the need for our help is not going away any time soon.
The VA stone walled us, WWP helped with the mountain of paperwork for his claims. They helped push his TBI claim that the VA kept refusing. My boy was in a vehicle that was hit by an IED. He suffered a brain injury, a crushed testicle, a broken arm and severe hearing loss. The VA dragged their feet but eventually honored all but the TBI. WWP busted their azzes for 18 months to get the VA to do their job. Our experience with WWP has been nothing but positive.
Wow, that's shocking if true. WWP sure seems to have a lot of $$$ for TV commercials...
You mean the fact that they now want “Monthly Donors” to continue their revenue stream but won’t take a penny from firearms groups or churches? The fact that they are paying for high priced advertising and wasting the money they do get just to drive that revenue stream?
“DAV (Disabled American Veterans) “
DAV in Colorado fired a Vietnam veteran, whose was their transportation manager, and his wife, who was their regional director, and replaced them with two illegal aliens. DAV in Colorado has history of hiring illegal aliens while claiming they hire veterans.
When my son was injured and required extensive hospitalization in 2011 (he is a Marine), it was Fisher House, Semper Fi Fund and Charity Works who provided for travel expenses, lodging, food, rental cars; even cash for essentials for the family while staying with the injured.
(Our troops injuries rarely result in a week stay at the hospital, my son was in for 14 months, and they encouraged family members involvement as much as possible).
They were wonderful, and came to the hospital to check on the family members.
“The VA stone walled us, WWP helped with the mountain of paperwork for his claims. “
They will just enough good work like that to then use such actions to gain additional donations. It is called propaganda: Do a little good then leverage it to the hilt.
This sucks. I gave them a lot of money.
I think we got those same mailings ....and WWF also sends out lots of stuff...so I finally told them to shove it! Fisher House will get our contributions.
Well, I do not give much to charity organizations, because of the potential, destructive corruption that comes with their initial good intentions...
But the fact still remains...We have millions of Veterans that DO need a little encouragement (at the very least) to get through rough times...
It is not hard to find Veterans in need, it takes a lot to get them to open up, accept help, if they need it...It sometimes takes another Veteran to get one to open up and be amiable to folks that genuinely want to help...
It is not an easy path...For anyone...
It take patience, love of country, love of liberty, freedom, and understanding that it takes more than words sometimes to give comfort to those Veterans that are going through a challenging period in their lives...And also to know it is sometimes more than just them, it is their spouses, and extended family...
You have to look at the big picture, and not get caught up in any distractions...
That’s been my experience in supporting Veterans I have met into over the last 20 years...
What will really cook yer noodle...Most want to help, rather than recieve assistance...
There is confusion between two helping organizations.
There is a sepate organization of active duty Marines, which deals only with injured Marines.
That would be the woundedwarriorregiment
Information can be found at: <>
I hope this clears up some of the confusion between these organizations.
“...when they refused to accept donations from a church...”
THAT incident was what stopped us from donating anything to them.
I give to a local charity. I know the founder, know the volunteers (not paid staff) running it, and know their work. They don’t run ads.
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