News Wounded Warrior Project...Shades of NSAL

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  1. Shithead

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    Wounded Warrior Project probed for lavish spending while vets suffer
    By Bruce Golding
    January 28, 2016 | 12:09am
    The nation’s leading charity for injured war veterans is taking shots from battle-scarred soldiers who claim it’s a boondoggle that’s more focused on raising and squandering money than helping out ailing American heroes.
    Dozens of ex-employees of the Wounded Warrior Project — including many disabled vets — have revealed lavish spending on luxury travel, fancy meals and swanky getaways that rivals the amount spent on its combat stress-recovery program.
    One former staffer said the group’s “extremely extravagant” outlays amount to “what the military calls fraud, waste and abuse,” CBS News reported.
    “A lot of the warriors I saw needed mental-health treatment. They don’t get that from Wounded Warrior Project,” an ex-worker told the network.
    Retired Army Staff Sgt. Erick Millette — who sustained a traumatic brain injury during the Iraq War and still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder — said he quit working as a public speaker for the group in disgust over its practices.
    “You’re using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. So you can have these big parties,” he told CBS.
    “I’m sorry, but I’ll be damned if you’re gonna take hard-working Americans’ money and drink it and waste it.”
    The Wounded Warrior Project was was founded in 2003 as a grassroots charity that distributed toiletries and other items to hospitalized Iraq War vets.
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    Actor Dean Norris attends a Wounded Warrior Project event in 2013.Photo: WireImage
    Since then, it’s turned into a fund-raising behemoth, raking in more than $1 billion in total donations and eclipsing other veterans’ charities in both size and stature.
    It’s been aided in that effort by TV commercials featuring celebs such as Bruce Willis, country music singer Trace Adkins and actor Dean Norris, who played DEA agent Hank Schrader on “Breaking Bad.”
    Last year alone, Wounded Warrior Project collected more than $372 million, mostly in small sums donated by senior citizens, according to the New York Times.
    But while the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and the Fisher House Foundation spend 96 and 91 percent, respectively, on vets, the comparable number for Wounded Warrior is just 60 percent, according to CBS, citing research by the Charity Navigator watchdog group.
    Meanwhile, Wounded Warrior has increased its spending on fund-raising efforts an average of 66 percent in recent years, with $34 million devoted to revenue-generation in 2014, the Times said.
    Wounded Warrior’s spending on meetings and events also skyrocketed from $1.7 million in 2010 to more than $26 million in 2014, CBS reported.
    One glaring example is the four-day, 2014 “all hands” corporate retreat it held at the sprawling Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs which CBS said cost about $3 million.
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    Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steven Nardizzi in 2013.Photo: WireImage
    The event featured CEO Steven Nardizzi — who was paid $473,000 that year — rappelling off a 10-story bell tower to cheers from about 500 subordinates.
    “He’s come in on a Segway, he’s come in on a horse,” a former worker said of other events.
    Nardizzi, a lawyer who’s never served in the military, took over Wounded Warrior from founder John Melia, an ex-Marine who was injured in a 1992 helicopter crash.
    Nardizzi defended his financial strategy to the Times, saying it had fueled the group’s growth and allowed it to provide services to an estimated 80,000 vets.
    “I look at companies like Starbucks — that’s the model,” he said.
    “You’re looking at companies that are getting it right, treating their employees right, delivering great services and great products, then are growing the brand to support all that.”
    In a statement Wednesday, Wounded Warrior also called itself “a leader in non-profit transparency and the public reporting of the organization’s independent financial audits.”
    “We are an open book. We owe that to those who support us and to those we serve — wounded warriors,” spokesman Paul Loisel added.
     
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    Beth and Howard could learn from them.
     
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    "Growing the brand"

    What an asshole.
     
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    There should be spending limits put on all charities. They do it in the pharmaceutical industry why not for nonprofits. X dollars per person per event. If you exceed you loose you non profit status. Seeing shit like this make me not want to donate anymore.
     
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    Can we just shoot this fuck?
     
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    Actually NSAL is more philanthropic with 63¢ out of every $ donation going to the animoes vs. 60¢ out of every $1 ending up supporting the wounded warriors...both are reprehensible scammers!
     
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    Where do you get these numbers?
     
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    I was Cadre at an active duty Warrior Transition Unit. Never heard or saw wounded warriors get anything for Wounded Warrior Project. I always see their commercials asking for money though.
     
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    Even if the payouts were the same the Wounded Warriors project is worse because they're profiting on the backs of disabled veterans.

    Fucking scammers.
     
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    When I was with the Warrior Transition Unit two charities in particular stood out as particularly good:

    Fisher House

    https://www.fisherhouse.org


    Military Warriors Support

    https://militarywarriors.org


    The second charity military warriors support actually gave free houses to any veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan who had a Purple Heart.
     
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    The WWP is all about fluff and show.

    If you want to donate, find a veteran who's struggling and fuck the middleman. I had a kid with PTSD who was having a tough time over to my house for Fangsgiving and Xmas. I also bought a bunch of Xmas gifts for kids of veterans that were having a hard time that one of my social worker friends told me about. These charities are all about pocketing cash and marketing. The VA really does do a good job taking care of these kids and 9/10 these stupid charities are scooping these veterans up and dropping them off at the VA's door anyway....
     
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    Haha that is so true. The same VA that gets bashed constantly by the corporate media ends up taking care of the veterans while WWP pockets washed money.
     
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    Look, I work there. I see what happens. All of these veterans "service" orgs "help" these guys do things that they could have done if they came in here and asked questions. It's really fucking sad, because some of these guys sign a percentage of their disability over to these unscrupulous organizations.
    I cringe when I see them take credit for a vet's new walking blades when the VA bought and paid for that shit.
     
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    I had a couple soldiers who were severely wounded at the Palo Alto VA and the work those providers were giving those soldiers there was remarkable. Cognitive therapy, physical therapy, prosthetics. They were working with Soldiers who literally were missing entire parts of their brains and getting them to do ADL's.


    And them I'll see some idiot on TV who has never served or had any experience with the VA say "the VA is killing veterans". Just absolutely preposterous.
     
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    I will never vote for Trump for that exact reason. Politicians know that it gets good pub to bash the VA and the scammers love to bash the VA, but the honest truth is, we give some good care to people that have no other means to receive it.
     
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    As a taxpayer, Vietnam Nam veteran I have stayed out of the fray but was always concerned the thinly veiled message was The VA was not on the case....nothing could be further from the truth. There will ALWAYS be flubs that need to be corrected but they will be taken care of as long as the American people stay on the case. The Walter Reed Hospital comes to mind.
    Remember we will get the government we deserve and fight for.

    "Musky but not pooney". Mr X
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    And I'm not saying that the VA shouldn't be monitored, they should and have to live up to the same Joint Commission standards that other hospitals have to, but follow the money. The biggest complainers are the people who really didn't serve and take a lot of these stolen glory fools word for the VA fucking people over. It's simply not true. I'm a vet and a military retiree that doesn't get any disability compensation, I don't want it and I could have probably dug some bullshit up, but I don't believe in that. Whatever. The VA takes care of the people that need it and still helps all of the dregs that were kicked out of the military for whatever bullshit they did that got em kicked out.
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Earnest caring individuals giving good care and a bureacracy rife with mismanagement and politicization are two different things. Nothing's perfect, but removing the motivation of profit and keeping one's job should those profits not result does seem to result in worse service. In the private sector, a hospital reliant on private funds (customers) that didn't schedule appointments in a timely manner wouldn't stay in business long. Profit motives would have resulted in resources flooding into caring for the huge influx of wounded veterans from the recent wars. A government bureacracy is reliant on whatever funds congess deigns necessary, which is central planning, which has always failed. The government's role with veterans should be to cut checks for their care and assist providers with specialty support required for war wounds. Not set up their own closed sub-system where a soldier not treated right has little real recourse.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...uide-to-the-va-and-the-scandals-engulfing-it/