A new post from a military spouse bashing the Wounded Warrior Project is going viral in the military community. Many have agreed with her sentiments and describe their negative experiences with the WWP, while also lauding the efforts of the Semper Fi Fund as the quiet force of positive change.
Courtney Leigh Schumacher posted on Instagram and Facebook on November 2nd:
Dear Wounded Warrior Project,
Please stop sending us merchandise. We do not want the hats, stickers, magnets, clothing and backpacks you send us throughout the year. I don’t understand how you have the funds for these items, yet you can’t help the countless Veterans who need it. You can show us your programs and have a few Veterans testify for you, but it means nothing.
I’m not a person who read a negative article about you and is now deciding to speak out. I am a caregiver who approached you in my time of need and I was told no. I was 3 weeks away from delivering our second son when my husband was injured. I flew from California to Bethesda to be by his side. I asked for baby items and assistance with travel for our immediate family so I could recover. I was told no. These were two of my dozen of requests that were all denied. I asked then what can help us with and you said “whatever you need.”
Merchandise was the only thing we have ever received from you. Fortunately for us, an organization did support us and fulfilled our needs. They gave us a swing and a pack n play for my husbands hospital room so I could continue his care. They flew our family out in time for the birth and flew out our oldest son, who was 4, across the country to spend Christmas with us. This organization was the Semper Fi Fund. I will be sending an email today to be removed from your mailing list. I hate to see anymore of your donor’s funds wasted.
Sincerly, the caregiver of a triple amputee. @wwp @semperfifund #wwpgear #woundedwarriorproject #semperfifund
This isn’t the first time the Wounded Warrior Project has been under fire. In May, 2015 the Daily Beast published an article with stories detailing how the Wounded Warrior Project bullied other charities which used the words ‘wounded warrior’. Many thought it was contradictory to WWP’s mission to helping veterans — the waste of time, energy and resources suing and threatening other nonprofits.
Some charities believe that WWP’s goal is to drive these charities out of business so they can instead collect the monies themselves. One of the charities sued by the Wounded Warrior Project was Keystone Wounded Warriors, a charity which brought in just over $200,000. Considering that Wounded Warrior’s Project Executive Director makes $375,000, many are led to the same conclusions: that WWP is out for blood and money.
“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.”
Many are confused by the tactics of the WWP. Veterans have shown outrage by the organization saying that they receive branded merchandise and no help – that’s it just a marketing gimmick. Complaints abound online with criticism from veterans, saying that they’ve received little to no help, despite WWP raising hundreds of millions in revenue.
Many charity watchdog organizations don’t rate the charity well, averaging a C+ in 2013 up from a D several years earlier.
What has your experience with Wounded Warrior Project been?
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