Target: Steven Nardizzi, Wounded Warrior Project CEO
Goal: Use money raised to provide mental health, case management, and other necessary services to wounded veterans.
Veterans and former employees of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) assert that the project is more a fundraising vehicle than a substantial program to aide veterans who require multiple forms of assistance. As part of an investigative report, more than three-dozen former WWP employees were interviewed. Each one stated they felt that WWP could be doing more for the veterans. They claim WWP hosts events to “show warriors a good time,” but do not have follow up calls or meetings with any of the warriors who attend.
The former employees further indicate that WWP does not provide any mental health services, despite the prevalence of brain injuries and PTSD. In addition, at least one former employee noted the lack of case management services. Unlike the Veterans Administration (VA), which tracks the veterans who come to them for services, WWP handles each request on a case-by-case basis and, according to the investigation, provides little to no follow up once services have been rendered.
Marc Owens, former director of tax-exempt organizations with at the IRS, reviewed WWP’s 2014 tax forms and told investigators that he was concerned by the fact that he was unable to tell how many people were helped based on their tax submission. Owens indicates that is unusual and concerning.
Sign this petition to tell the Wounded Warrior Project they must make better use of the money they raise to help veterans.
Dear Mr. Nardizzi,
The Wounded Warrior Project’s goal is to empower and honor wounded warriors. Based on accounts of more than 30 former employees, it seems WWP has fallen short in their efforts to reach this goal. The former employees indicate a lack of follow up by WWP with the warriors it provides a service to or encounters at events.
They further state that despite the high frequency of brain injuries and PTSD, WWP does not offer mental health services nor do they provide case management. Most wounded warriors will require multiple services, which means case management by those providing the services is a necessity.
We demand that WWP use the money they raise to provide more comprehensive services to those veterans who served America.
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