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The Wounded Warrior Maze

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February 28, 2012 | 1,899 views | 4 comments

Harlingen, Texas, February 28, 2012: It is rare these days when a person can spend more than an hour looking at television without seeing some highly polished pitch seeking financial support for wounded military service personnel. Many of these groups seeking donations are worthy organizations. The problem is...it is next to impossible for a person to determine just who some of these charities support or their legitimacy.

Wanting to clarify the situation is even more complex. Using the various information search engines on the Internet will only leave one more confused. A recent quick count of these information sources showed more than two dozen “wounded warrior” related groups all seeking support. It also listed a complete maze of options for donor candidates.

One of the best known and highly promoted of these organizations is The Wounded Warrior Project, which has chapters across the United States. It has proven itself to be worthy of public support and has done some notably good work providing “health and comfort” backpacks to hospitalized military personnel and aid to both the service members and their families following hospitalization.

Available records show 83% of donated funds are funneled directly into aid for those who have been wounded or their families. This is far better than the national average for charities. Most of the top organizations report about 75% of their revenue supports the charitable mission.

The only objection to Wounded Warrior Project voiced by some people who may have withheld their support, are concerns about the monies expended for senior executive salaries. Though published for all to see, there are still more than a dozen people filling the senior executive ranks of The Wounded Warrior Project who are receiving very high six figure salaries. The organization also employs more than 300 people.

According to the Military Family Support Guide, in addition to The Wounded Warrior Project, other highly recommended charities to support wounded service members include ReMind.org, Veterans Airlift Command, Cause, Disabled Sports -- USA, America’s Vet Dogs, B.I.T.S. (Back in the Saddle), Fisher House Foundation and Intrepid Fallen Heroes.

Other top choices for military related charities are Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Aid Society, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,
Armed Forces YMCA, and the National Military Family Association. All of these organizations have been given either an “A+” or an “A” rating.

Charities that did not make the recommended list include American Ex-Prisoners of War Foundation, American Veterans Relief Foundation, AMVETS National Service Foundation, Freedom Alliance, Help Hospitalized Veterans or Salute America’s Heroes, Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Veterans Service Fund, National Defense Foundation, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. These groups have been given an “F” rating.

In traveling the Wounded Warrior maze, this is just the start of the journey. For example, there is no report nor is there any explanation that can be found to answer the questions such as... How much medical treatment do our wounded personnel receive from the military service hospitals? When are these men and women passed off to the VA and its questionable medical care operation? How many men and women have been seriously wounded?
Most importantly, why do we need to call upon private civilian donations to help care for our wounded? These are all questions where obtaining the correct answer is the equivalent to trying to catch smoke in a net.

For example, one year ago the government reported there were 36,904 service members wounded in action during the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan? Just last October our government told us those 14,342 military personnel had received wounds in those wars. It is a number listing 22,500 fewer people wounded than was reported the previous year. While the government spin machine keeps spewing out propaganda to anyone and everyone who will buy into those fairy tales, the Department of Veterans Affairs claims it has provided medical treatment to 508,152 people who were wounded in both wars. What???? You can do the math!

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Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
February 29, 2012 2:05pm
Of course, Russell. That's the same way they count the unemployed. ... just drop them from the rolls and, POOF, the numbers are lower!

Russell Dickerson  
Floresville, TX  
February 29, 2012 1:21pm
> It is a number listing 22,500 fewer people wounded than was reported the previous year. Its because the first number was right, and by the time they generated the second # they had disqualified veterans from the ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 29, 2012 10:53am
I would recommend going to Bill Oreilly's webb site. He has a list of charities for wounded soldiers. He has vetted all the organizations that he has placed links to on his webb site. he donates profits from his online store ... More ›

Elaine K.  
February 28, 2012 4:15pm
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