The WFTW is a local grass-roots all-volunteer
charity that has nothing
to do with the Wounded Warrior Program. Personally, I would not give a penny to the Wounded Warrior Program. I find their actions despicable, and here's why: ‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups
How does the Wounded Warrior Project spend its donations?
The Wounded Warrior Project has become, in the words of those it’s targeted for legal action, a “bully,” more concerned about its image and increasing the size of the organization than actually providing services to wounded warriors.
“They do try to bully smaller organizations like ourselves... They get really territorial about fundraising,” said the president of one charity with the name “wounded warrior” in their title.
The Keystone group was forced to spend more than two years and some $72,000 in legal fees to defend itself from the legal actions of the Wounded Warrior Project, which brings in annual revenues of close to $235 million, according to the outfit’s most recent tax forms.
“That’s money that we could have used to pick up some homes in foreclosure, remodel them, and give them back to warriors. We spent that money on defending ourselves instead,” said Keystone Wounded Warriors Executive Director Paul Spurgin, a Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran.
Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire
The Jacksonville charity – founded a dozen years ago in Virginia – lists on its tax return the salaries for its eleven executives as $2.2 million. That includes a base salary to CEO Steve Nardizzi of $375,000. The charity also lists fundraising expenses of nearly $32 million. Those figures are, in part, responsible for lower grades from “Charity Watch” and “Charity Navigator,” two of the nation’s three main charity-checking organizations.
Vets post complaints about Wounded Warrior Project
The same veteran spoke of waking up in the hospital after an IED hit his supply truck—WWP, he said, had given him only trivial merchandise: a backpack, a shaving kit and socks.
“Everything they do is a dog-and-pony show, and I haven’t talked to one of my fellow veterans that were injured… actually getting any help from the Wounded Warrior Project. I’m not just talking about financial assistance; I'm talking about help, period,” he said.
According to numerous warnings from individual watchdogs in the LinkedIn group discussion, WWP doesn’t actually perform any services for wounded veterans. Instead, they take in hundreds of millions in donations, keep tens of millions for themselves, and donate a portion to small local charities that actually have programs and services for veterans.
WWP takes the rest and is either uselessly hoarding it or carelessly gambling it on various financial investments. Either way, the money is not making its way to veterans. At last count, Wounded Warrior Project is sitting on $175.5 million - more than the total amount the charity spent on veterans in all of FY2013.