As a Disabled Veteran I Don't Support Wounded Warrior Project
 

As a Disabled Veteran I No Longer Support Wounded Warrior Project

By Bryan Black

Wounded Warrior Project

As a Disabled Veteran and Alumni of Wounded Warrior Project, I’ve continued to sit by and keep my mouth shut publicly about the Veteran Service Organization’s practices, but that ends today.

Thanks to our readers and customers at ITS, we’ve proudly raised thousands of dollars over the past six years to help various Veteran and Military related charities. We’ve always tried to focus on the smaller charities that are making a difference, which means those without a CEO making $300k+ a year, those who don’t spend their raised funds to frivolously sue other charities and those who don’t refuse donations from entities that are related to firearms.

High Salaries

I’ll address the first issue by being up front and saying that as a business owner, I understand capitalism and the free market economy that’s paved the way for high salaries, but what I have a hard time with is seeing how this is feasible in a non-profit like Wounded Warrior Project. Their mission is raising money to “help thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families.” Again, I struggle with how large salaries are helping that mission.

For full disclosure and to present all the facts, WWP is ranked with an 86 out of 100 on Charity Navigator, a website that helps to inform the public of various non-profits nationwide and their rating based on financial health, accountability and transparency.

That score of 86 for WWP is derived from a September 2013 income statement, or IRS form 990 and is an average of their financial score of 80.77 and a accountability & transparency score of 96.

Wounded Warrior Project - Charity Navigator Stats

Their total revenue was $234,682,943 and 57.7% ($91,220,626) of that went back to the Veterans and their families in the way of programs. 36.5% ($57,718,417) went to fundraising and 5.8% ($9,134,900) went to salary. Here’s an article from the Tampa Bay Times that speaks directly to that 58% going back to programs.

Don’t get me wrong, I think $91.2 million dollars is a lot of money that’s going back to Veterans and their families and it’s amazing that WWP is able to facilitate this, however I feel it needs to be a greater percentage of overall revenue. Perhaps it’s the $57.7 million in fundraising that needs to be taken a look at. I just know that from my perspective there are better organizations to donate your money to, who give more than 58% of it back to the people they’re raising it for. My list of these is further down in this article.

Lawsuits Against Other Charities

Salaries are just one reason I disagree with donating money to the Wounded Warrior Project, another is that WWP is suing other Veteran charities over their use of the term “Wounded Warrior” and logos that contain silhouetted soldiers.

An article from The Daily Beast yesterday is what prompted me to finally write my article, because I’ve had enough of WWP. They’re currently suing the all-volunteer Pennsylvania based Keystone Wounded Warriors over their name, who according to The Daily Beast, has an annual revenue of $200k, which is less than the WWP Executive Director Steven Nardizzi was paid in 2013. I’m sure it’s even more now.

There’s even more stories in The Daily Beast article about WWP flexing their wallet and using up more funds to sue, rather than using that money to help Veterans and their families.

Again, to put this into perspective as a business owner, I understand protecting your business name and your logo. It’s tough with the term Wounded Warrior though, which is what WWP is suing for. I personally view that as a non-enforceable trademark, much like my company ran into years ago.

In short, we had one of the first commercially available vacuumed-sealed trauma kits out on the market back in 2009, which we were calling the ITS Blow Out Kit. A blow out kit is a term that’s been around for a long time in the military and predates the 2006 trademark registration that an individual filed for that term.

We were contacted with a trademark infringement and a request that we change the name of our product to avoid confusion. I was extremely cooperative and held a contest on ITS to change the name of our kits, which are now called ETA Trauma Kits. However, I later learned from a trademark attorney that we could have pushed for that being a non-enforceable trademark, due to its usage in the military before being registered as a trademark.

Either way, I’m sure we would have wound up in a lawsuit and as a young company, I knew that we couldn’t afford that, so the product name was changed. I was naive then too in my feeling that it was what others should do as well. My retelling of this story is to illustrate what these charities might be dealing with when WWP comes calling with their infringement notices and such. I’m willing to bet that the Keystone Wounded Warriors were not only standing up to WWP, but fighting them for everyone else out there that couldn’t. I don’t see what the outcome of that lawsuit was, but I’m definitely interested to find out.

Firearms and the WWP

The final reason I’ll list today on why I don’t support the WWP is because they don’t fully support the 2nd Amendment. Back in 2012 the Wounded Warrior Project Public Relations Director, Leslie Coleman, declined an opportunity for the WWP to be represented and appear on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio show.

Coleman stated in emails (that can be found here), that the WWP doesn’t participate in interviews or activities related to firearms. When pressed for an explanation, Coleman quoted the following policy, which has since been buried on their website:

“Please note the following notice that appears on our website which also applies to WWP public awareness policy and inquiries from media outlets:
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/additional-opportunities.aspx

WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.”

She further went on to say that the policy is not a judgment on those who own and use firearms, “clearly every member of our armed forces has been trained in the use of firearms and then called on to use them in the course of their service to this country. Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.”

I agree with Tom Gresham, who said that’s the nuttiest thing he’s ever heard of and that suicides aren’t linked to firearms. As he goes on to say, Japan has more suicides than the US without the use of firearms and that suicide is a serious issue regardless of methodology used.

It’s been mentioned that WWP organizes hunting trips as programs for rehabilitation of wounded warriors, which means they can’t be anti-gun. That’s great and I’m glad they’re organizing these, but that doesn’t trump their own policies. WWP’s bias against firearms companies is something I can’t agree with and in turn further pushes me away from them as a charitable organization.

Notes

I’ll end the article with this. Is the WWP doing good? Yes, they are. They’re one of the most widely recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their logo and “mission” appears on everything from ketchup bottles to nationally syndicated TV commercials. I just ask myself if this is really where their funds should be going. Are expensive TV commercials necessary to raise funds that Veterans and their families only see 58 cents of every dollar from? Don’t get me started on their $19 a month program that paints Veterans like some Sally Struthers welfare project.

Just by example, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust has 96.5% of their expenses directly funding programs for Disabled American Veterans. That’s 97 cents of every dollar raised going to where it should, versus the Wounded Warrior Project’s 58 cents of every dollar. Granted the DAV’s revenue was only $7.5 million in 2013 compared to WWP’s $234 million, so you should know that if it factors in for you.

As the owner of ITS, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, I’ll continue to support Veteran organizations that I feel fully embody the spirit of what they were created for in the first place, which is to give back as much as possible to those their cause supports.

We’ve been proud to support the amazing organizations below throughout the years and I would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to donate.

What are some Veteran organizations you support?

America’s Mighty Warriors
http://americasmightywarriors.org/
Charity Navigator Rating 

Warrior Dog Foundation
http://warriordogfoundation.org/
Charity Navigator Rating

Green Beret Foundation
http://www.greenberetfoundation.org/
Charity Navigator Rating

Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit / Guardian for Heroes Foundation
http://www.chriskylememorialbenefit.com/
Charity Navigator Rating: Not Found

Intrepid Fallen Hero’s Fund
https://www.fallenheroesfund.org/
Charity Navigator Rating 

Navy SEAL Foundation
http://www.navysealfoundation.org/
Charity Navigator Rating

Disabled American Veterans
http://www.dav.org/
Charity Navigator Rating

Update: I neglected to mention Team Rubicon, which is an organization I belong to and fully support. I often overlook them when referring to charities, as I see their mission differently. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They currently have a team of Veterans overseas right now on Operation Tenzing, helping with disaster relief in Nepal after the earthquake.

Update 9/2/16: Military Times has reported that “Wounded Warrior Project officials are firing half of their executives, closing nine offices and redirecting millions in spending to mental health care programs and partnerships as part of an organization overhaul in the wake of spending scandals earlier this year.” To read more, click here.

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Discussion

  • Earl Herman

    Excellent article. Puts a lot of things in perspective. I had heard some rumblings regarding this organization. Thanks for the information.

  • Jon Gucinski

    Well said, sir.

  • J. David Studebaker

    Good article, well thought out and informative. I have been supporting Oscar Mike and was wondering if you might look them up and see if you could give them a shout out. Thank you.

  • John Gates

    My feeling about WWP: Fuck the Wounded Warrior Project. They take in litterally MILLIONS of $$$$. Go ahead and contact them to use one of their banners or other trademarked property, see what they have to say about that. Basically they want you to “rent” their property for a garaunteed amount to be donated (I’ve heard $200,000 for just a banner at a Veteran’s event). They are fucking LEECHES that prey on the sacrafice of OTHERS. It’s sad to say, but I don’t give ANY money to ANY company/institution/etc because of things like these. If I’m going to give money to anyone, I would rather it be individuals. WWP are like all the companies running their suckholes about “Hiring Veterans”; it’s all just lip service to make themselves FEEL better.

  • PatriciaLord

    Thank you for your comments on wounded warrior project. I don’t like contributing to a project where the top guy is overpaid. I do however have an idea for a project that is really needed. My son left the army with a host of problems because he no longer could perform his duties. He then had to leave his outside job because of health problems and disfiguring scars. To shorten the story, when he died there was no life insurance from the Army and no life insurance from his outside job. I was unable to get life insurance on him when he got back from Iraq because of all his health problems. Funeral costs were right around $10,000.00. Needless to say it wiped me out. I am sure there are many families out there in the same situation. I think that if a man or woman goes and fights for their country and ends up dying the burden of burial should not be on the mother, it should be on the country. Please help with a program that provides money for burial for our soldiers. Thank you.

  • Tom Auer

    Thanks for the info. I’ll be switching my support to Disabled American Veterans.

  • Shannon NShannon

    The Boot Campaign seems pretty legit and their a Texas based company

  • Daniel Youngblood

    A CEO’s salary should not be your barometer. Fisher House is an amazing organization and that gives over 90% back to the program and the President makes $445k a year. These are highly paid executives running what are essentially corporations. You are not wrong on the spending part, but let’s not be one sided and say we’re against one charity for executive pay but not another.
    A few favoriites:
    Fisher House Foundation
    Lone Survivor Foundation
    USO
    DAWG Foundation
    Boot Campaign

  • hutchnate

    Incase you want to cancel and don’t want to hunt around on their website like i had to. 

    If you would like to stop your monthly gift, please call 855.GIVE.WWP (855.448.3997).
    Cancellations received …
    * first week of the month = effective in the current month
    * after the first week of the month = effective in the following month.

  • Kevin Robbins

    When I first heard of the litigation side of it around a year ago, I was pretty unsettled about it. The remaining facts presented are damning. I have always supported DAV and will continue to do so. Good work.

  • Hector McCrary

    About damn time someone comes out. I stopped supporting them months ago. Threw everything away.

  • Zabrewolf

    Thank you for the info. It is good to be informed. And sad … with where I am interning I am seeing a lot of the less then pleasant side of charity work.

    It seems that people loose sight of what their mission is the larger their operation gets. I mean that in broad terms, there are some “Good Guys” still out there. They just seem hard to find.

  • Tom Beauchamp

    i used to donate to them years ago, then i looked at their financial breakdown and then quit donating to them and have been meaning to donate to the charity thing that gary sinise set up… or however you spell his name :/

  • Libby Smith

    A veteran’s needs should always come before a CEO !!

  • Anthony W. Walker

    If you look into their spending, they spend nearly twice as much on fundraising as they spend on actually helping wounded vets.

    • JFONAV

      If you look into their spending, you’ll see the money spent on fundraising is actually the true value of donated time and services. Of over $70 million spent, only $99,000 was actual monetary donations.

  • Anonymous Troll

    Charities have a lifecycle whereby they go from charity to business to racket. I think that the WWP is slowly going from business to racket. They still do a lot of good, but you have to wonder about the effectiveness of it, especially if it’s below 60%. The lawsuit is proof that they’re trying to protect their marketshare. It’s the same thing that the Komen Foundation does in their “for the cure” trademark (they’ve sued other charities over “for the cure”.) 

    The CEO pay doesn’t bother me that much – I tend to look at it compared to the revenue of the charity. Yes, I’d like it to be lower, but in some cases it’s a necessary evil. If the CEO is paid $500k but yet brings in $20 million a year by virtue of their leadership, is it worth it? There are other charity CEOs who make half as much with less than a tenth of what WWP brings in.

    Unfortunately for charities, you have to vote with your head instead of your heart. If I give that charity $100, how much of that actually helps? Use Guidestar and Charity Navigator to read more about the charity.

  • JFONAV

    As a disabled vet, I will respectfullty disagree with you. I’ve seen first hand what WWP provides to our folks from Landstuhl back to CONUS. I can see where your information will lead you in a certain direction, but I think you’re missing parts of the picture. I’ll break it down in the same order you did.
    1.) Salary: Yes, the top 11 paychecks in WWP are north of $100K. Although WWP is based in Florida, most of these people live in Northern Virginia, where pay of that amount, for the type of work they do, is absolutely normal. Cost of living in that area flat out requires that level of pay. Here’s their IRS Form 990 with the actual amounts from 2012: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/579212/wwp_2012-2013_form_990.pdf
    2.) Revenue/Fundraising: Very little actual cash goes towards fundraising. In FY13, they “spent” just over $70 million in advertising. Broken down into real dollars, almost $59 million was donated public service ANNOUNCEMENTS and just over $11 million was donated ADVERTISING. $70 million of donated services, not money spent. As for money spent, they did use $99,677 (Page 14: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/579215/wounded_warrior_4_16_14_fs.pdf)
    3.) Lawsuits: I understand your wanting to stick up for the little guy, especially after the blow out kit trademark issues you mentioend. However, if I started “Imminent Threat Joe” tomorrow, using a skull logo and offering inferior advice and/or products, I would certainly hope you’d sue my pants off. Now picture that on a macro level with hundreds of unscrupulous “aid” organizations out there. It’s better to keep folks from using similar sounding names and images, than to have to spend time and money (which could be going to vets) to make sure each one of them is on the up and up and not hurting WWP’s reputation.
    4.) Firearms: Kind of an important one for me, too. WWP definitely does support the 2nd Amendment, end of story. Proof of this is in some of their activities, which include skeet shooting (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/combat-stress-recovery-program/project-odyssey.aspx). As for not co-branding, I understand their apprehension. Let’s say WWP paired up with Bushmaster, then the not 2nd Amendment friendly media links the two when some nut goes postal witih a Bushmaster. Not good for helping vets and actually feeds the “crazy vet” stereotype.

    • JFONAV

      Sorry, jumped the gun on hitting the submit key, here’s the rest:
      You never said they were a bad organization, for which I thank you. I was air evacced to Landstuhl from the CENTCOM AOR for surgery due to a non-combat related injury in 2013, while there, my roomates were a Marine SSG who’d been shot through the leg and an Army Pvt who’d broken his pelvis after being ejected from his MRAP. Unlike me, they didn’t have time to gather their belongings, they came in their torn and ragged uniforms. WWP provided full kits with high quality athletic gear for these guys to use. This truly made both feel as if someone gave a damn and brought them mentally that much closer to home. You could see it in their actions and the way they spoke. This stuck with me. Since then, I’ve met several other vets who’ve taken part in WWP events and it’s helping them get back to “normal”.
      I will always support WWP, they are near and dear to my heart because of what I’ve seen them do. All I ask is that you and others try to see more of the picture. Damn this turned into a book. Keep up the good work, cheers!

  • Rmr

    Special operations warrior foundation is another good option

  • Robert Klein

    I, and many others volunteered for WWP. It was an honor. Suddenly they said no more volunteers, only paid employees.
    I miss being a part of something that WAS so worthy.

  • Tom Houser

    I support Keystone Wounded Warriors. Didn’t know they were being hit. That’s just so absurd. Dickheads.

  • A Guy

    I respectfully disagree with your metric about non-profit effectiveness.  58% return on investment, especially at the scale WWP works at, is a huge slice of pie.
    I think how we measure non-profit success is skewed, even if it’s well-meaning.  I always refer to Dan Pallotta’s take on the matter, linked below (disclosure:  the kind of non-profits Dan works with many LGBTQ non-profits and I get that that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think his overarching points are spot-on.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong?language=en

    I get where you’re coming from on the gun point, though.  I believe they are trying to strike a delicate balance about being sensitive to issues facing returning vets, but I can see where that can be taken as going a step too far in the wrong direction.

  • Jack Timar

    But..but…but patriotic country music stars tell me to support WWP, only after the same country music stars told me to support the war that wounded them in the first place.

  • Bill Couture

    Thanks ITS Tactical. This whole thing has been bothering me for a while too.

  • Aaron Furey

    Heard the same. I give my money to Lone Survivor Foundation currently

  • Cory Esson

    Molly McDonald

  • Philip Cane

    Man, I stopped a couple years ago.

  • Simon-Luc Lavoie

    WWP is just a big scam making money on the backs of the vets.

  • Charles J Miller

    Operation Ward 57. Best by far. Direct help to warriors and their caregivers. Unique ways for donors to help. Pretty certain it’s all volunteer.

  • Love T . Member in Region VII and love the comraderie. You’re right, though, their mission is unique.

  • Nick Jody Bosick

    Totally jacked! I know a lot of people that have been donating to them. Thanks for sharing ITs Tactical!

  • Daryl St Arno

    Outstanding ITS Tactical.

  • Matthew Mahler

    I think the ceo should step down and they should restructure.

    • scribo

      He’s not going to do that! He created this to make money. It is his machine. Why would he give us a cash cow that gives him more than $300K a year? Oh, did I mention he’s not a veteran?! He’s a smart attorney.

    • JFONAV

      Does it hurt to be so wrong, so often? Nardizzi didn’t create WWP he’s the CEO, the founder is a vet hurt in a helicopter crash by the name of Melia.

  • Todd Tardugno

    Goid for you guys…and fk those others.

  • Janet Pirtle

    Thank you for the article. I stopped supporting WWP some time ago when I found out they didn’t support the 2A. Good to know there are legit charities for our Vets. Thanks again for the info.

  • Eli Stone

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  • Tom Williams

    As a Team Rubicon member, thanks for sneaking in the Oops.

  • Darren Peters

    Off the top of my head when we looked at doing an engraved lower at @tactical machining wwp wanted a minimum of 50k? As asmall busineess, we snit ourselves.

  • Kim Decker

    Just wow. If true this is terrible.

  • ELIMN8U

    Amen,
    We used to donate space on our race car to show support for the WWP and in honor of the troops. After the story on the Gun Talk Radio Show came up I wrote them for a clarification on the matter which led to the removal of the WWP decals from the car.
    At that time I contacted the folks at Special Operations Warrior Fund and inquired about their work and their 2A beliefs and have been running with their decals on the car ever since.
    Back tracking just a bit, we also met Debbie Lee at a Pro Troop rally that was being organized by Melanie Morgan and the Move America Forward folks. We added MAF decals to the car in 07 and we added special decals honoring Marc Alan Lee shortly thereafter.
    It’s been an honor to do this and I hope that we have been able to help raise awareness, it pales in comparison to the sacrifices that our troops and their families have had to make but we have gotten some awesome responses from people who have seen the decals too. When Debbie Lee saw the MAF decals for the first time at the rally back in 07 and through the tears was thanking us for doing that I knew that we had done the right thing. She has only seen pictures I’ve sent her through Facebook with the Marc Alan Lee memorial decals, I hope someday that we’ll have the opportunity to let her see them in person.
    Thanks to all who have served and are serving, we all owe our Lives and Liberty to you.

  • I stopped supporting them when they stopped accepting donations from gun manufacturers, who were at the time some of their largest donors

    • JFONAV

      Where are you getting your information? Directly from the WWP site (updated 5 May 15): “We have a long history of facilitating and sponsoring activities that involve firearms. We value the contributions we receive from fundraisers and donors, including the firearm and sporting industry and organizations.”
      https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/scam-information.aspx

    • 834k3r

      JFONAV Updated 5 May 15?  Just today?

    • JFONAV

      Updated today, yes. But if you want, you can also research the adaptive shooting, skeet shooting, and other programs of the like they’ve supported for years. Or, alternatively, you could just lazily and blindly question someone who’s clearly done enough research on the subject. Like you’re already doing.

    • MiguelGonzalez1

      JFONAV When WWP was unknown or barely known entity, many gun clubs and competition shooting associations were the ones that raised money for them. From Gunsmiths to knife makers, they donated their wares for raffles to benefit WWP. Portions of the fees for Sponsored Matches were also given to WWP…. Till the day that WPP got big enough and sent cease and desist notices without any explanation. 
      They went from “I love you guys, you are the best” to “I don’t know you. Go away.” WWP scored some big corporate donors who may have had issues with rednecks & guns and I even understand you have to go where the money is to do the biggest amount of good. But at least have the decency to let us down gently, bullshit us a little with some nice legal mumbo jumbo…not a forceful ‘fuck off.’

    • JFONAV

      Yet they continue to support shooting, and thank their weapons manufacturing donors publicly. There’s a disconnect between what you’re saying happened and the public record.

    • Ernie

      MiguelGonzalez1 JFONAV Our oganization use to give WWP money every quarter for over two years and in all that time not once did we receive a letter a phone call anything to say thank you, They have become to big and I believe have forgotten what they first set out to do. If you are giving a salary of that magnitude to someone in your organization you have many Veterans that are not receiving the care that the donations that were given were meant to be used for.

    • JFONAV

      Did your organization give money to help vets or receive thanksgiving? That’s a smartass way for me to put it, but the point of charity should be to give. Yes, it’s a failure on the part of WWP to not properly thank you folks. They absolutely should have, and as a vet, I thank you.

  • John Cooper

    I heard some rumblings about this but never looked into it so THANKS! I have switched my support to DAV.

  • Isaac Etherington

    Consider the Red Circle Foundation. 100% of ALL funds raised go to their mission. Founded by ex SEAL Brandon Webb.

  • 834k3r

    Looks to me through reading this thread JFONAV may be one of the salaried employees of WWP, because we’re all wrong, he is completely right, and has the facts to back it up.

    • JFONAV

      Not an employee, salaried or volunteer, never have been. I’m just curious where everybody is getting their information to slam an organization I’ve seen do great work. Unlike people who “heard” or “know someone who knows someone” I’ve seen first hand and/or done my own research. Any unsubstantiated lies only serve to keep help from getting to the vets who need it.

    • scribo

      JFONAV You haven’t pointed out any lies. You and I differ in how we see some things, but where are the lies you’re claiming are being told? Is it fact or fiction that the guy running WWP is taking home more than $300K and isn’t a veteran?

    • JFONAV

      That is a fact, and how dare an American in charge of a $200+ million dollar entity be paid commensurate with that type of work, right? As for lies, let’s start with WWP being anti Second Amendment. I’ve posted enough information here to show that is false, where am I wrong? Oh, it’s because some idiot with a radio show says so, simply because they didn’t go along with him. I agree with Rush Limbaugh on a lot of things, it doesn’t mean I want him to use my name in advertisements.

    • JFONAV

      Oh, BTW, I pointed out some of your lies about the foundation of WWP elsewhere in these comments. And, unlike you, I actually quoted sources for my information.

    • Doc321

      I am a wounded warrior. I provided them with all of my info as well as my LOD (line of duty) and they told me that I would need to contact one of the organizations that they donate money to so I might get assistance. They also told me that if they sign me up as a WWP alumni that it “might” move my application a little faster.
      Please tell us these things that you have seen them directly help with?
      That also keep sending me emails asking me to share my story for their webpage and emails about joining one of their runs (I cannot run and can barely walk at this time) but I have to pay $50.00 and travel to their closeted chapter which is over 500 miles away. I am disgusted that they claim to help those wounded soldiers and yet turn us away when we contact them with a small need. What they really support who knows. At this time all I can say is that they turned away a wounded warrior and now want me to give them more money and give them my story.
      Please share what you have seen them directly do for any WW and provide us with something to document it.

  • Nathan Reim

    I needed help and contacted wwp and they did absolutely nothing to help me. They are a a bunch of thieves.

  • Mike Autry

    I worked for DAV briefly. Lovely folks.

  • Ryan Tacy

    Yeah I’ve heard veterans in my community get turned down from being a part of WWP projects because they where in “the wrong war” I don’t if this is actually an issue but I think all of our Vets deserve help no matter where or when the fought for us.

  • caj1980

    There is an error in your article… otherwise, I could not agree more!  I have hard time supporting The American Red Cross, too.  Primarily for how they fail to reciprocate services with the DoD.

    Error is in the second para after the pie chart graphic, “Perhaps it’s the $57.7 million in fundraising…” should read “36.5M…”

    • caj1980 Actually, it’s correct. It’s 36.5% which is $57.7 million.

  • ELIMN8U
    • JFONAV

      Gresham: “Come join us and just slap your name on whatever we ask you to, ok?”
      WWP: “We can’t do that, we have a name to keep free from controversy. With 22 vet suicides per day, many involving alcohol and firearms, we need to be cautious in linking our organization to tools vets use to kill themselves.
      Gresham: “So you’re anti gun and anti 2nd Amendment.”
      WWP: “Not at all, we support shooting programs for vets all over. We just don’t need to be linked to bad things happening by giving up control of our logo.”
      Gresham: “Got it, you hate America and guns. You’re hosed because I have a radio show to say whatever I want, influencing millions of fans.”

  • Sandy Shires

    What makes anybody think they are worth $300,000.00 a year???

    • scribo

      $350k + he’s not a veteran!

    • JFONAV

      I suppose neither of you buy anything from Fortune 500 companies, subscribe to an Internet provider, watch sports, movies, TV, or read any best selling books. If you do, you’re supporting people (often not vets) who make more than $300,000/year. And, by the way, since when is being a vet a prerequisite for helping vets?

  • Nancy Jamer Higgins

    Thanks for the info on WWP. I supported them in the past but won’t anymore. I just donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America out of Wilton, NH. Does anyone know if this is a legit organization?

    • sfvnative

      You’d better look them up. I think I remember them having a bad rating.

  • John L Coulter

    Thank you Mr Black for shedding some light.

  • Ryan J Nolan

    Rob Steele

  • Bobby Riggs

    The Beast is a hater website. WWP goes after these smaller charities because they use “Wounded Warrior” in their names and do a horrible job of making sure that people understand that they aren’t one in the same.

  • Rob Steele

    BTDT, they’re horrible

  • ELIMN8U

    Not blind or lazy and donate to other organizations now as a result.

    • JFONAV

      I wasn’t referring to you with the blind/lazy comment, and thank you for supporting veteran causes.

  • ELIMN8U

    Thank you for posting the Charity Navigator info as well…I will be adjusting some of my efforts to other organizations in our future efforts as a result.

  • Zabrewolf

    @caj1980 ” I have hard time supporting The American Red Cross, too.  Primarily for how they fail to reciprocate services with the DoD.”

    Do you mind elaborating? The Red Cross talks big about their service to “those that serve”. I would like to learn more.

  • MoFork

    Add this one to your list:
    Task Force Dagger
    http://www.taskforcedagger.org/index.htm

  • Andrew James Hed

    WWP is a joke!!

  • kwhite

    Warrior Wellness Solutions

    • @kwhite thank you! http://www.warriorwellnesssolutions.org. We are a small organization doing good work and would love the support! We have the stamp of approval from Steve Reichert, Dakota Meyer and The United States Marine Corps… BUT we need donations as everyone else donates to the commercials and we don’t do commercials… We do training and education with solution based programs all related to HEALTH & WELLNESS >that we teach ourselves to Warriors, their families and Caregivers and we don’t care when you served as long as you served and you need help… We work with all era’s as that’s how we find the greatest solution, one elder Warrior sharing with the young buck Warrior. Yes sir, our Executive Director, Director of Ops, and co-founders get down and dirty and do the work, because we LOVE IT and it’s our duty AND an HONOR. 
      Good Bless and we hope to take the time to visit our site.

  • Montactical

    These assholes are antigun also.

  • randypb

    Great article Bryan. I appreciate the detail with which you make your point. I support a couple of these organizations and I’m glad there in “good” company. I too have been supporting Team Rubicon with a monthly donation for a while, they’re doing great work. You all are doing great work too!

  • Devon Stump

    Mike Stump Chad Stump

  • TruthSquad

    There is one other misrepresentation from WWP. When they say that they are spending 57.7% of their money ($91,220,626) on “programs”, a great deal of that money is actually the fundraising messages that they claim are “educating” the public about veterans.  So whey you see an ad on TV calling for donations WWP, a large part of the cost of producing and running that ad is considered “program” cost.  So basically, they are raisng money in order to pay for raising money!  Not to mention the $300K salaries for the leaders

  • TruthSquad

    There is one other misrepresentation from WWP. When they say that they are spending 57.7% of their money ($91,220,626) on “programs”, a great deal of that money is actually the fundraising messages that they claim are “educating” the public about veterans. So whey you see an ad on TV calling for donations WWP, a large part of the cost of producing and running that ad is considered “program” cost. So basically, they are raisng money in order to pay for raising money! Not to mention the $300K salaries for the leaders

    • JFONAV

      No. Those ads are “in kind” donations. Meaning person/company A has ad space they can sell for $5 million, they donate that ad space, taking credit for a $5 million donation, WWP has to also claim it as a $5 million donation. So, you are see, they “spent” a donation, but it was never cash that was going to be spent on vets.

    • scribo

      JFONAV WWP is most definitely paying millions every year to not only run ads but to produce them. Yes, they get some air time donated and others reduced, but make no mistake about the FACT they pay millions every year on ads, which they label as outreach and community outreach. Outreach should not include links to websites specifically designed for fundraising.

    • JFONAV

      I’ve posted sources elsewhere in other comments. Until you do, I’ll consider your info to be nothing more than guesswork and assumptions.

  • Michael VanSickle

    Well said Bryan!

  • Courtney Vick

    When my husband passed unexpectedly stateside, I humbly asked for a little help until myself and 2 young children could get on our feet. Mind you I have sent numerous donations to this organization in the past. They responded ” we only help wounded warriors who are still alive. We cant help you if he’s dead.” I was shocked. I won’t ever donate to their cause again.

    • Nakeeb

      As a Vet their response appalls me. As a human being it is heartless and cruel. Did they refer you to entities that could help you?

  • DannPitkapaasi

    Great article and a great list of worthy charities. I would like to mention and recommend another charity for you to look into. Please check out Keystone Iron Warriors ( Keystoneironwarriors.com ). A truly great organization.

  • Dave D

    I couldn’t agree more however you didn’t mention WWP turning down a donation from a church a couple of years ago. It was that action that prompted me to cancel my monthly donations. I sit on the board of Tribute To The Troops here in Minnesota with our mission to never let those who’ve lost loved one’s since the war on terror began be forgotten or their loved one’s. We visit many families every year on motorcycles to let them know “we will never forget”. We currently have chapters in Minnnesota, Illinios, Oregon and North Carolina the co-founder is Rockie Lynn the country western recording artist.
    We set up our “Fallen Heroes Children’s Education Fund” and virtually every dime we raise goes into the fund. We are all volunteers
    I agree there’s far better places for us to send our hard earned money and usually closer to home.
    God bless and keep up the good work.
    Dave D

    • Dave D

      Anyone interested in us can go here: Tributetothetroops.org
      Dave D.

  • Daniel Whaley

    That is one of the reasons we started warriors and quiet waters southern chapter check us out at fishingwithwarriors.org

  • Alexandria Frangio

    Gus Frangie

  • scribo

    Please don’t forget the WWP CEO taking home around $350K a year isn’t even a veteran! He’s an attorney. All the lawsuits and legal bullying makes more sense now…

    • JFONAV

      So?

    • Joe

      @scribo I’m sorry, I’m an outsider here that just happened upon this site, so take my comments for the little that they’re worth…

      While not “poor living” by any means, 350K is a tiny sum to pay a CEO. Opinions will vary as to whether high pay for CEOs is a good thing or a bad thing, but regardless of the stance we take on that issue, I don’t see how any charitable organization could hope to attract good leadership if they aren’t paying something at least vaguely comparable to the “market rate” for that position?

      Yes, I understand that as a charity, this should be “for the veterans” but I think that there’s a hard reality which is that the most competent person available should be the one with the reigns–and low salaries might just attract the wrong kind of person to the job.

      Just my uneducated opinion,
      Joe

    • mitch7627

      It struck me weird the other day at bass pro shops when I saw wwp shirts on racks in the store. They were with the underarmor clothing and had underarmor logos on the shirts.
      The weird part was that everything was made in China. So that tells me that a portion of their money is going China rather than supporting an American shirt manufacturer.

  • Catherine Hannan

    I know some of the leadership and can assure you they work tirelessly for disabled Vets and they are definitely not rich CEOs

  • nelsonjr77

    Great article!  I couldn’t agree more!  As a service disabled vet who was disgusted to learn of the gross misrepresentation that WWP commits on behalf of our veterans and warriors I only wish that WWP’s actions received more scrutiny that resulted in negative (Accurate) national attention.  Thank you for writing this article!  After learning of true horror stories from WWP’s recipients at Bethesda Military hospital I decided to dedicated my time and efforts to the Reel American Hero Foundation (http://www.reelamericanheroes.org/).  We are a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) that is dedicated to providing recreational therapy opportunities to our nation’s heroes here is the nation’s capitol and across the nation.  I urge ITS readers to visit the website, follow us on FB and Twitter, and to join Team RAHF or volunteer at one of our RAHF events.

  • http://www.avbi.org Surely has done A lot for all of your organizations, Being my mom, It kind of sickens me that WWP will not help her organization! She does sooooooooo much from a freaking room in her THREE bedroom house, Yes you and many more that work for WWP know who I’m referring to…………….. All I have to say about that, SHORT & SWEET to the point! Peace,

  • William Flores
  • Adam

    Speaking as a businessman, wounded warrior, former WW employee, and as a guy who isn’t particularly fond of that organization, let me say that 2/3 of this article is misguided.
    SALARIES: if you want people who are qualified to manage a $200M annual revenue stream and build a sustainable endowment to serve the needs of aging vets long after the donations dry up, you need to pay them.
    Nardizzi, and other CEOs, take on more personal risk than most can ever imagine. Beyond that, they are influential and well educated. You can’t get that for $50k. Shame on anyone who questions the salary of someone who could go to jail at hint of a scandal or due to the mistakes of their subordinates. The compensation paid by WWP is fair and average across job categories.
    FIREARMS: This misinformation was perpetrated by one jackass radio host severs years ago. The policy is that WWP does not want their logo printed on a firearm. With suicide being the #1 cause of death among our generation of vets, the last thing they want is a warrior committing suicide with a WWP firearm. Or getting in a car accident with a backseat full of WWP beer. It makes good sense.
    WWP has long supported shooting events and hunts has rehabilitation. It’s part of their roots. Don’t spread this toxic “WWP hates guns” rumor. It’s bullshit.
    BULLYING: They are way too aggressive here. Agree. Their brand is important, but there are other ways to address.
    OUT.

    • @Adam Pretty sure the organization is based on the wounded warrior, And yes to prevent more suicides give the the WOUNDED WARRIORS, Being the yearly take in from charity events and/or donations not just OIF/OEF

    • Adam

      @Chris – while their mission statement may seem unfair to older vets, it has been that way since their inception. Would you criticize The Special Operations Warrior Foundation for not helping a Finance clerk? The Navy SEAL foundation for not helping a RANGER?

    • Another thing Adam, Is it Scwartz before you rip into others responses ans words, Check yourself; Because you obviously don’t believe in Beurocrotical BS! U b U thereore i’ll be me, And we be be AMERICANS, And don’t want nor need to hear about the used to do’; Because it’s obviouse that you know nothing about pimpin! Write something else that we’re wrong about punk? I’m waiting to respond in a nice way if you do.

    • Dude the GD job has not a mofoing thing to do about it, Is that what matters to ya you civilian coming from an 82nd Airbore sapper????????????????????????????

    • Abn, ALL THE WAY fool

    • Adam

      And to be clear, there is a LOT to question about WWP, just not the two main points listed here .. Look deeper and ask different questions

    • @Adam You used to work for them remember, What questions bossman? Ha, I wear a badge of HONOR, Whatcha wearing?

    • Tattooed actually!

    • How deep must we get, Can’t get her pregnant; Because she is fixed. ALL THE WAY 307th Sapper fool, Does this make me prestige & right enough now you GD civi?

    • Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, Don’t speak like that to a BUSINESS man SOLDIER, Before you say anymore, First know what your talking about before you type any longer! Promise you that I’ll win at this topic on hand!

    • Jen

      Thank you. That is the most intelligent response yet. I for one, as a wounded warrior, have been helped by them greatly and will continue to support them. I have been to events and have seen the difference they have made for many. For those warriors who give back and become Peer Mentors they get more out of it too.

  • Pre 911, One year before; Therefore they don’t count? WTF

  • Todd McMullen

    Richard Withee

  • Chim Ritcholds

    Joseph Lovett

  • We are a small organization doing good work and would love the support! We have the stamp of approval from Steve Reichert, Dakota Meyer and The United States Marine Corps… BUT we need donations as everyone else donates to the commercials and we don’t do commercials… We do training and education with solution based programs all related to HEALTH & WELLNESS >that we teach ourselves to Warriors, their Families and Caregivers and we don’t care when you served as long as you served and you need help… We work with all era’s as that’s how we find the greatest solution, one Elder Warrior sharing with the Young Buck Warrior. Yes sir, our Executive Director, Director of Ops, and Co-Founders get down and dirty and do the work, because we LOVE IT and it’s our duty AND an HONOR. 
    God Bless and we hope you to take the time to visit our site and have others do it too.
    http://www.warriorwellnesssolutions.org

  • Patrick Muth

    Wounded warriors spends so much on advertising to brain wash the public into thinking their money is going to a good cause, but all they do is take the money from veterans and line their own pockets with. The money they bring in they could open PTSD clinics in every city, and every thing they do is leach of are pain and suffering and they pimp use like crippled on a milk carton at the gas station

  • Ron Hale

    Thank you for bringing this to light for me and many others duped by the commercials, have found out that an inner circle friend had their contributions returned with a letter stating would not accept funds as they come frome firearms business, disheartening to say the least to hear of this information, my funds and support will find more deserving responsible organizations, thank you again for getting this out

  • Douglas Bones McCoy

    Courtney, I’m in the UK and know of similar stories. The dependents of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for their country shouldn’t have to ask for help and should never have to experience the pain & humiliation of being turned away.
    Politicians are quick to start wars but never seem to properly plan how to deal with the aftermath of such action.
    I hope that you have or are well on the way to trying to rebuild your life for you and your children.
    God bless you and all like you and let’s hope that those organisations who should be doing more start to change!

  • MK

    57.7% of $234M is approx $133M not $91M!!

  • Billy Mattull

    GUIDESTAR.com tells the real story of money in vs money out on all charities

  • SP

    This is an issue with MANY charities unfortunately. BUT I do have an issue with the math in this article. 57.7% of $234,682,943 is not $91,220,626. It’s $180,705,866. I’m all for exposing bad charities, but I have an accounting background, lets get the numbers right. Unless there’s something I’m missing?

  • ME

    The $91m isn’t 57% of $234,682,943, it’s 57% of the total expenses (total expenses listed at: $158,073,943), which are approximately 67% of revenue (contributions received).  The point this section of the article attempts to make is that the org takes in close to a quarter of a billion dollars in donations each year and only pays out a fraction (38%) of that to those it purports to support.

  • Thank you for sharing this information. As a small organization that supports Veterans and Active Duty in need we are asked daily about programs such as WWP. It is difficult being a small fish in a big pond but we are proud of what we do with the small dollars. We don’t have flashy ads or high paid staff, most of our staff are volunteers, but since opening on November 17, 2014, we have served over 1, 200 Vets. When looking for places to help please look at the small quiet organizations who are busy doing great things not great commercials. Melody Burns, Director of Operations, Veterans Miracle Center, Albany NY http://www.vmcalbany.orgfind us on facebook to see our stories, facebook.com/veteransmiraclecenter

  • Mac

    I would also like to recommend the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). I have personally seen their great work with and for families of fallen SOF Warriors.

  • retnavhmc

    It’s been my experience the DAV (Des Moines office) was useless in helping me with my claim. I submitted, waited, oh a year, then began trying to get in touch with the individual assigned to my case at the DAV.  He was never around, always left messages, never once return my call. So, finally I took off work on Friday afternoon to go attempt to see him face to face.  Guess what.  Of ALL, and there are many, service organizations in the federal building in Des Moines – DAV is the ONLY service organization to close Friday afternoons for “training”… yeah, I worked at a command once we did “training” on Friday afternoons too… not even one person to answer the door…. no idea where this “training” was held.  After 3, THREE, years the VA finally settled my case… and what did the DVA do?  They sent me basically an exact copy of the VA letter, with their letter head logo.  I wanted to appeal the decision.. but again – I could NEVER get someone from the Des Moines DAV to return my call.  I finally went to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs… had a hearing within weeks, called me often to advise and inform, attended the hearing with me………..  I am sure the DAV helps veterans, I’ve seen their vans at the VA hospital in Omaha…. but the DAV Des Moines Office was utterly disappointing… I no longer am a “member” of, or donate to the DAV.

  • ChristopherTonstad

    Another informative insight into getting the best bang for the buck to help our disabled veterans. Wherever possible, I try to spend my money with ITS, GORUCK, any company that’s based in and offers products made the U.S.A., and veteran owned and operated. It’s the best way I can think of to indirectly say “Thank you for your service from a grateful citizen”. These charities will also see donations from myself whenever I can spare the $$$.

  • Craig “Sawman” Sawyer

    Shared! 🙂

  • JFONAV

    Boy, WWP is so anti-gun, they sent a letter to the White House and Justice Department telling them to leave vets’ guns alone. When will WWP’s attacks on the Second Amendment stop?!?! /sarcasm/
    http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/881787/wwp_letter_to_president_obama.pdf

  • AJB217

    Bryan, I would throw The Mission Continues and Team Red White and Blue up there with TR as far as “charities” with uniquely different missions.

  • MaDizz

    How about “Project Sanctuary” ??!?

  • Bambratt

    Wow. I couldn’t understand why, a few months back, when I asked if anyone wanted to do a mudrun sponsored by the WWP, a Brother told me he doesn’t support WWP events. I didn’t push the issue but couldn’t understand why a fellow Vet would not have a positive view of an Organization geared to help out our Brothers & Sisters.
    Now I get it. They’re just another Blue Falcon Organization.

  • Thank you for sharing. I have met many vets that feel the same way. Checkout Food Industry Serving Heroes.org. All volunteers raising money for life changing TrackChairs, Service Dogs, and Heroes Dinners at military bases honoring enlisted service members and spouses.

  • MarioandBonnySmith

    First issue I have with this is “Their total revenue was $234,682,943 and 57.7% ($91,220,626)” 57.7% of 234+ mill is $135+ mill. That’s a lot more than his numbers.
    Second, “36.5% ($57,718,417) went to fundraising” is actually $86 mill not $57+
    Third, “and 5.8% ($9,134,900) went to salary” is actually $13 mill plus. 
    The author’s inaccuracy kind of makes him suspect as he is claiming to be a business owner. He should know numbers and percentages.

    • Bambratt

      I believe he was going off of the IRS documention that WWP was required to make accessibile. But, the semantics of the actual totals being off by a small margin of error should not underscore the point of the story. Unless the intent of your post is to deflect the story to distract viewers from WWP making bank off of the disabled brothers/sisters….I really don’t see the point to your challenging the credibility to the OP opinion.

    • JFONAV

      @Bambratt, They’re challenging the credibility because the story is inaccurate and does not stand up to the light of day when one looks at the facts. I know, I know…facts are soooo annoying and get in the way of a good story, but they do show what actually happens.

    • MarioandBonnySmith

      Bambratt Having the correct numbers (and he showed where his percentages and numbers came from but they were not included in his initial report) lends to credibility. Not supporting WWP, just saying if you’re going to accuse them of malfeasance you need to have all the info up front.

    • JFONAV

      That’s because the numbers are off. The original story that started this was inaccurate (that’s me being polite and not saying full of s#!t) and ITS and others are unfortunately not doing enough due diligence. Take an honest look through the comments. All complaints fall into one of a few
      1.) $350,000 is too much for the CEO to make. This is the only truthful (verifiable) complaint. Yes, he does, but it totally depends on your personal definition of too much. $350,000 is 0.00175 of $200 million, my personal opinion is, that’s not too high when one considers the level of work involved, but to each their own.
      2.) WWP is anti-gun/Second Amendment. False! I’ve posted enough links below to show where they put on adaptive shooting/skeet shooting and they just submitted a letter to the White House and Justice Department to help protect vet’s gun rights. Unfortunately, people refuse to read and have bought off a random radio host’s BS, which is simply not supported by the facts.
      3.) WWP sues other charities for using WW term or silhouettes of soldiers in their name or logo, specifically mentioned is “Keystone Wounded Warriors”. There are far to one many scam charities out there for WWP to monitor and make sure they’re in good standing and maintain that good standing (not to mention it’s not WWP’s job and it’d take more money away that could go to vets). So they sue charities that clearly try to confuse people into thinking they’re the same as WWP. Google “Keystone Wounded Warriors” and look at their logo to see what I mean.
      4.) “WWP was rude to me/refused to help me/my friend”. While there’s no excuse for rudeness, be never seen proof, other than what these folks claim. As for refusing to help, look at the scenarios listed, husband’s death/wounded prior to 9/11 and so on. They all have one thing in common, they’re outside of the mission of WWP. While I sympathize with these folks, they should approach the right charity. It’s the same as going to a bank you don’t have an account at and requesting a withdrawal from a non existent account.
      The consistent thing about most of these complaints, though, is a complete lack of evidence. I truly wish ITS would rethink leaving this piece up. As you pointed out, the numbers don’t add up and as I pointed out, there are some downright innaccurate statements 180 degree out from fact. I respect and appreciate what ITS does and I am glad they listed alternative charities, but keeping this up is doing nothing but fanning the false flames of underhanded actions that simply are not there.

    • MarioandBonnySmith All these figures come directly from Charity Navigator, check it out for yourself here: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842#.VU6S_9NVikp

      As long as we’re talking about issues that we have with each other, I don’t care for your insinuations, but I’m glad you’re questioning the numbers. I didn’t make them up, as much as you seem to want to believe.

      There was another $76,609,000 million that was “excess,” meaning it wasn’t spend on anything other than padding a bank account and earning interest. When you deduct that amount from the overall revenue of $234,682,943 then you get the correct 57.7% and $91,220,626 that went back to Veteran’s and their families by way of “programs.”

      Run your numbers again, taking that into account. Again, I also pulled that right from the report on Charity Navigator, which is linked above. Perhaps you should read a little more into things before you start throwing accusations around the web.

      Thanks,
      Bryan

    • JFONAV

      Bryan,
      – Where did you find WWP was against Second Amendment protection, especially in light of the information I provided elsewhere in these comments?
      – Do you not agree, WWP has the right to protect its logo and name, especially when folks like Keystone Wounded Warrors are trying to make theirs so much like WWP (note, KWW’s website is named keystonewartimewounded.org, not wounded warriors…I, maybe wrongly, assume that’s because they changed the name to be more like WWP)? Again, I’d hope ITS would protect its name and sue me if I started “Imminent Threat Solving” with a skull logo.
      I love ITS and think you guys do a great job. I’m glad you listed other great charities, I just simply do not see a factual basis for any arguments other than the CEO being overpaid (which is more a personal opinion).
      Again, thanks for all you guys do.

    • MarioandBonnySmith

      bryanpblack MarioandBonnySmith You should have mentioned the other amounts. Not supporting WWP, just saying your figures, as initially put in, made your claims seem a little juvenile and excitable. Next time put all the facts up so that we know what you’re talking about and giving us a clearer picture. Thanks
      Hilry “Mario” Smith
      USAF 1969-1975, NKP, Thailand 1970-71. Diabetic with stage III kidney disease, neuropathy in all four extremities, and stroke resulting in total loss of r. eyesight – all due to “presumed herbicide exposure” from service as an Air Force Security Policeman working MG bunkers and towers on the perimeter.

    • Humble Servant

      MarioandBonnySmith,

      If anything, your initial interpretation was that he UNDER-reported the figures, which is pretty much the opposite of being ‘juvenile and excitable.’ To call into question his business credentials is another leap.  Let’s just agree that WWP isn’t sending as much money to its intended beneficiaries as it could be.

    • JFONAV

      What I took from their questioning his numbers, is that they weren’t sure about the accuracy of the original piece. Now, since I’ve shown several inaccuracies, which nobody, nobody, has answered up to, I tend to agree. I love reading all the comments here, slamming WWP without any evidence. When I provided lots of evidence to the contrary, all I heard was crickets. A lot of people here would probably slam the “low information voters” of the world who buy whatever is spoon fed to them. It’s a little ironic, considering the reaction most have demonstrated here. I’ve shown, if one does a deep dive into the books, the spending numbers change dramatically (they count “in kind” contributions the same as actual cash). In fact, the only credible complaint listed here, based on fact, are the suing of other charities and the pay for senior executives. I’ve addressed both of those issues several other times, so I won’t waste my breath again here. Suffice it to say, those are personal opinions, not evidence of malfeasance. Look, you don’t want to contribute to WWP because you don’t like them or you think their boss gets paid too much? Fine. Just don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. I’ve stated my piece, with evidence, uncontested, enough here. If my proof isn’t enough, if the thousands of wounded vets helped by them isn’t enough, I give up. If you don’t contribute to WWP, please still contribute to someone else. Thanks.

  • panch0villa

    Funny my wife and I had been loyal supporters over the last five years even when finances got really tight because I knew there were brothers out there that were tighter.  

    We stopped about a year and a half ago because we felt the salaries were a little out of hand.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t think anyone should have any say in what someone makes.  That being said non profit, I think, means for everyone.

  • davidarowe

    The MARSOC Foundation
    https://www.marsocfoundation.org

  • Tim OLeary

    I am a military veteran that served for 41 years.  I never have and never will give this organization any of my money strictly and mainly due to the salaries being paid.  If and when they can be fully 100% justified (which they can never be) I will then donate.

  • Cher Wheeler

    F7Group.com is a female veteran owned 501c3 organization and they support veterans and the family members that stand by them.

  • AdriaGarcia

    Can you add F7 Group? It is Vetefan owned and volunteer (Female Veterans ) run and we are a service driven organization. Visit our website to learn more. Thanks
    Great article

  • MeoshaThomas

    One Savvy Veteran is a 501c3 organization in Illinois that supports women veterans and their families. They also have work to bridge the divide between military and civilians. Check them out!

  • That Guy

    Don’t forget about HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield).

  • WWP Student Abassador

    “The final reason I’ll list today on why I don’t support the WWP is because they don’t fully support the 2nd Amendment.” Accepting money from possibly controversial places, such as political, guns, alcohol, etc., sounds like a good philosophy, not a bad one. I don’t see very many arguments that seem valid to me in this article.

  • ELIMN8U

    Another article: 
    Mark Alexander: Wounded Warrior Warning — The Patriot Post http://patriotpost.us/alexander/35327

  • KathleenReillyLee

    We support Bob Woodruff’s REMind Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

  • ThomasSavageBlackthorne

    MAny To One PTSD Support Foundation – no one is paid. All volunteer.

    http://www.many-2-one.org

  • robert de haas

    It is unfortunate that we even need an organization like WWP begging on TV commercials for services that should be covered period, but provide free health care, education, etc to the people that are in this country illegally (sorry, we now need to call it undocumented) with no questions asked…. It should be the other way around, support the people that suffered or are suffering securing our freedom and let the others beg for donations. Just my opinion

  • GabriellaLewis

    Switching Charities right now! I am disgusted at the lack of compassion, shallowness and greed of WWP who I have always supported with my donations.

  • Branden Carlson

    No offense have you read the response from wwp?

  • Mark Tuenge

    How do u explane 60 percent??

  • Vic Yancey

    There are two sides to every story, too bad your a sheep who believes what the mass media spoon feds you propaganda from disgruntled ex employees

  • Jeff Cranor

    Who still believes CBS?

  • ITS Tactical

    I did my own research, which is what I’d urge you to do as well. Take a look at the financials on Charity Navigator. ~ Bryan

  • ITS Tactical

    I have, yes. I’ll defer to Charity Navigator and their analysis of WWP financials rather than the company’s own independent analysis. ~ Bryan

  • Tom Beauchamp

    I haven’t in a long long time. Three years into monthly donations to them i looked up their tax documents. A huge chunk of the money they get coming in goes to their admin salaries. I think it was about a third that actually went towards wounded vets

  • Tom Beauchamp

    Yeah or look at their tax documents that they release. That is a very very top-heavy “charity”

  • Tom Beauchamp

    And instead of just assuming people are sheep, why don’t you look into it yourself first, and see if there’s actually merits to their statement. Because your comment makes you look dumb as fuck

  • Brett Sayre

    Well written article i do not support them at all the charity that helped me was the Semper Fi fund and those people are amazing.

  • Chris Doucette

    I was lucky enough to spend time with some Wounded Warriors in my area at WWP-run skeet shoots (I say lucky because I’m an LEO, not a veteran). So the anti-gun thing is weird to me.
    Anyway… I get it. They spend too much on advertising. And I wish their CEO wasn’t making half a mil. But… It’s a huge company, making and spending millions on vets. So, their leaders are going to make a lot.
    Maybe with all this they’ll refocus on their mission and spend more on programs. We can hope, right?

  • Paul Paradis

    I’m not sure who to go with on this one. The mass liberal media or the charity who’s response makes CBS look like incompetent liars.

  • Billy Austin

    Hey Bryan, I’m not doubting your research here but the math in the quoted paragraph doesn’t add up: “Their total revenue was $234,682,943 and 57.7% ($91,220,626) of that went back to the Veterans and their families in the way of programs. 36.5% ($57,718,417) went to fundraising and 5.8% ($9,134,900) went to salary. Here’s an article from the Tampa Bay Times that speaks directly to that 58% going back to programs.”
    57.7% is actually $135,412,058, 36.5% is $85,659,274.20, and 5.8% is $13,611,610.70. There’s some change missing somewhere but that’s the numbers. So a lot more goes to charity than you stated and a lot more also goes to fundraising and salaries. I could be missing something that you calculated in like taxes or whatever so forgive me if I’m wrong.

  • Alex Cisneros

    Theses allegations have been around for a few years this me story has gained more traction and attention than the prior ones.Its been something that’s dogged WWP so much that they had a webpage on their site dedicated to debunking the rumors but yet they still persist and that’s not the “liberal media”.

  • Paul Paradis

    Another thing. All CEOs of charities make a butt load of money in salary annually. So you might want to call out all of them from your soapbox.
    The Red Cross CEO is also making at least $500,000.
    American Cancer Society CEO made at least $2.1 million.
    Boys and Girls Club $1.8 million.
    The United Way CEO well over $689,000.
    The DAV you lauded makes no salary, but pulls in over $400,000 in compensation annually from the charity.
    No charity is blameless.

  • Tina Colomb

    I enjoyed the article and your perspective as a wounded vet. As a civilian who donates, I find these types of articles important. Personally I want to donate my hard earned money to an organization that puts the highest value back in the hands of the intended recipient.

  • RangerReid

    The state of Florida has a program put on by their forestry department.  Its called Operation Outdoor Freedom.  They take wounded vets hunting, fishing, anything in the outdoors.   The forest rangers do some work on the clock, and a ton off the clock.  They raise money, and every penny goes to the vets,   none of the donated money goes to salaries at all.  zero overhead.    it is an amazing program.

  • Jacob Galura

    Is it fair to bash the entire company when most of the issues are centered around the executive leadership? I’ve been a volunteer with one of their programs for the last 4 years and I’ve seen the impact they made. The reports don’t reflect the people I know inside WWP.

  • Nathan Bangs

    Folks need to understand the definition of non-profit first and second understand how a non-profits pay structure works. Next you would need to understand how business works and that a quality CEO comes at a Price. Since they cannot pay out shares and dividends all you have is salary. We put too much faith in the words non-profit without understanding the structure. We speak but we know so little.

    • UZCommonSence

      Those of us in business do fully understand the price of competent and effective leadership.  However, we also understand excess because we witness it.  $500k is a lot of money for anyone including private sector for profit leaders.

      WWP’s advertising is strong and far reaching but a non-profit such as this should strive for far greater percentages of donations to go to it’s recipients.  The bad press for it not doing so virtually eliminates its advertising gains.

  • LongRange2

    Special Operations Warrior Foundation
    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=7584#.VqoKZ_krJD8

    Almost 90% of what they collect goes into programs!

  • Nathan Bangs

    Good CEOs cost money

  • Henry J Fontanills

    I thought this was common knowledge years ago.

  • MoFork

    A nonprofit is not a corporation. Apples and oranges.

  • Chris Janquart

    ^^ Thanks Tom.
    And that douchebag hides behind some clip art. 😉

  • Cathy McMahan

    well Vic other have investigated them and said the same thing, one was an officer.

  • Vic Yancey

    I did the research on them, the 26 millions also covers events the host for veterans, but the big evil corporate angle sounds better. Narduzzi makes a 6 figure salary while other companies of similar sizes make 8 figure salaries and then some for comparison purposes and some levity to people who expect large non-profits to operate for free. Sounds like a bunch of disgruntled babies to me

  • Vic Yancey

    Tom Beauchamp I did look into many times you window licking cretin, if you knew how a large non profit was run then you can pass the dumb as fuck title to CBS for sensationalist propaganda lapped up by progressive shills and entitled POGs. Progressive shit bird.

  • Vic Yancey

    Chris as a comparison, others companies of similars sizes have CEOs and others making 7 and eight figure salaries. I don’t think they want to get dragged into the political gun circus, they are for veterans not political battles.

  • Vic Yancey

    6% isn’t alot…then again I consider the poster

  • Vic Yancey

    People like Tom Beauchamp

  • Chris Doucette

    I don’t fault them for not wanting to get involved. They have more important things to be worried about. I hope they refocus their efforts and make an effort to rectify these issues, though.

  • Tom Beauchamp

    Look back to the 2012ish ones.

  • Tom Beauchamp

    You consider the poster, i.e. me? Or its tactical? Also 6% of 350 something million dollars is a good chunk of change

  • Docledington28

    Anthony,
    Unfortunately, the CBS news piece was misleading and full of incorrect information. We have refuted the false statements and have asked for a retraction. Wounded Warrior Project provides more than 20 needs-specific, free programs and services to more than 83,000 wounded veterans, who we call Alumni, and more than 15,000 family support members. We are constantly expanding our services to better support warriors. We just launched the Warrior Care Network™ to help provide world-class mental health care for wounded veterans. Warrior Care Network represents a $100 million investment to ensure warriors struggling with the hidden wounds of war get the help they need. We have already committed $110 million to our long-term support initiatives – the Independence Program and Long-Term Support Trust – two programs that directly help the most severely injured veterans. Here are a few of the false statements CBS reported:
    1.) Overhead 60% v. 80.6%
    Based on our most recent independently audited financial statements, 80.6 percent of total expenditures went to provide programs and services for wounded service members, their caregivers, and families.
    2.) $26M Meeting Spend v. CSRP Program Spend:
    CBS News incorrectly read our financial documents (IRS Form 990) and falsely reported our meeting expenses. 94 percent of the figure CBS News reported as meetings and events was actually expenses for warriors and their families to participate in programmatic events like our mental health programming.
    We can remove your Alumni status at this time per your request. Please know that if you or your family need anything in the future, we are here for you. I hope you have a great day!
    Respectfully,
    Kelly

    • Docledington28 Hi Kelly, if you’re an official representative of WWP, I’d appreciate it if you could identify yourself as such and state your job title with the organization.
      I appreciate you adding the comment on the purported false statements by CBS. Hopefully you can understand why an independent audit of your financial statements isn’t taken into consideration as fully as a report from Charity Navigator. I look forward to the most recent calculations being updated there from WWPs 2015 financials and seeing how things are going now. I do understand those numbers that were originally reported in this article have changed and I would like to update this with 2015 numbers once they’re available on Charity Navigator.
      Thank you,
      Bryan Black

    • Docledington28

      Definitely not an affiliate of WWP. This was a response to my personal email asking to be removed from WWP.

    • Docledington28 Hey Anthony, I’m tracking now, sorry for the confusion.

  • Docledington28

    That was WWP response when i asked to be removed from the program.

  • Rob

    So is WWP an ambulance chaser? Is WWP spoon-feeding the public BS for that measly $19 donation or is there a hidden agenda only the exec staff and board are aware of?

  • MJ12

    You might consider adding Fisher House to that list… www.fisherhouse.org

  • StuartGoss

    As a long term monthly contributor to WWP, I was disgusted by the antics of Nardizzi and his cronies and I have withdrawn my support as a result. I thought that ths article was well written and helpful in providing the names of other more deserving charities.  However, and I know this comment will draw the ire of many who subscribe to this blog/web site, given their ardent support for the 2nd Amendment but where an organization stands on the 2nd Amendment ought not to be a criterion for donating funds to it for the assistance of wounded veterans and the same should apply to those who donate funds..  The focus ought to be on wounded veterans and their needs and notwithstanding the beliefs of those who support this blog and its aims, it would have been nice for once not to politicize this issue and conflate it with 2nd Amendment politics.   Still I guess that would be a lot to expect on this particular web site..

  • Lambing

    I stopped contributing to them last year when I became aware of the shenanigans going on at WWP.Thanks
    to Bryan, I learned about Team Rubicon, which I have joined as a
    volunteer. I’m already a disaster service worker and do emergency
    communications for San Jose, CA, and Rubicon is a perfect fit for me
    (I’m also a veteran)

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