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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.