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apogee

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Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 14, 2014 - 11:31am PT
This organization has been on the outer fringes of my awareness, but recently has become more central...from what I understand of it, WWP seems like a really wonderful effort to support people who really need the help, have sacrificed much for all of us, and are probably not receiving anything close to the type of support they deserve after returning home.

Anybody here work with WWP? Please share...
Ron Anderson

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Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Jan 14, 2014 - 11:39am PT
Credit: Ron Anderson
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 14, 2014 - 11:48am PT
Nice thread apo. I asked about the WWP in another thread too. My brother-in-law is involved in WWP in America. He works for a major bomb-robot company. My son is doing a Wounded Warrior run later on this spring.

rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Jan 14, 2014 - 12:23pm PT
They have been coming under a lot of fire recently for contracting out all of their services and taking healthy salaries. There are others that give a much higher return back on the dollar. It's easier to help than you think. Just go to the VA and volunteer or ask a vet. Don't get me wrong, WW does great work but they get paid very well. I take groups of "disabled" vets hunting a couple times a year. They get around better than most lazy able bodied do. Very inspiring and I have made a lot of really great friends.
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Google "wounded warrior scam"
https://www.google.com/#q=wounded+warrior+scam


Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jan 14, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
Working with some of the disabled veterans seems like a great way to give back to these folks who have given so much.

I first became aware of their activities a few months ago when I chanced upon a cable TV show detailing some ascents the WW people made with some guides. I was moved to the point of tears.
stilltrying

Trad climber
washington indiana
Jan 14, 2014 - 01:18pm PT
Bernie, myself, Rob Jones and Pamela
Bernie, myself, Rob Jones and Pamela
Credit: stilltrying

Two weekends ago I had the privledge of cycling a few miles with Rob Jones a double above the knee amputee. Rob lost his legs to an IED in Afganistan. Here we are presenting him with our club t-shirt "Daviess County Slow Spokes" He is riding across the U.S. and is one tough young warrior. In addition we donated $500 to Ride To Recovery (R2R) in his name. You can follow him at robjonesjourney.com and on facebook. Go ride with him and maybe donate to one of his charities. The money goes 100% to the organizations and not to Rob. Help him achieve his goal.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
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dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 14, 2014 - 04:03pm PT
There is an organization here in San Diego too called the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station that helps PTSD and physically wounded veterans integrate into civilian life after being released from the service. They built a housing and living area where these guys and gals can be around each other for support and are also helped and shown how they can get stuff done on their own. They are completely non-profit and 95% of funds go towards the veterans projects/needs. The Rotary club I am part of is sponsoring Pub Crawl on the 29th. I included the website link in case anyone is interested in checking it out.
A lady that works there was telling me they try to get these vets out and doing stuff and one of the types of legs the amputees get is a "rock climbing" leg. Planning on getting a group together to take them climbing outside soon. Should be a good time.
Another good one is called Habitat for Humanity.
They build and fix up homes for vets that are having mental/money,etc. issues. These vets can purchase these home with no interest and they pay the mortgage back by working for the organization building and repairing other homes.

http://www.sdrotarypubcrawl.org/

http://www.sdhfh.org/
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Mar 14, 2014 - 06:01pm PT
Anything like Wounded Warriors, Stand Down, Project Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Soul River, New Current Outdoors that helps veterans is a plus, especially as they return and navigate the obstacles of homelessness, PTSD, depression and accessing the benefits they are entitled to.

There are also some climbing-oriented groups that are doing great things for vets:

Paradox Sports
Veterans Expeditions (VetEx)
Soldiers to Summits (S2S)
Victor Echo Tango (spells V.E.T.)

I'm sure there are many more. I like to support ones that give good value for dollar and transforming experiences for the participants.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Mar 14, 2014 - 08:37pm PT
Been spending a lot of time guiding these kids out here in the Gulf.
http://heroesonthewater.org/

Good times on the water and we eat well back at shore.

Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Mar 15, 2014 - 03:06am PT
Just want to mention the Semper Fi Fund as well (http://semperfifund.org/);. They specifically target wounded Marine's who have come back home and need assistance.

Not sure how they rank on the money-donated vs. money-used-for-veterans scale but a climbing partner of mine rode his bike across the country a couple years ago to raise money for them and speaks very highly of their work.

-n
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