By: Jeff Rainforth
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has been helping injured veterans since its inception in 2003, 2 years after the deadly terror attacks that rocked the nation on 9-11. Since its inception, the organization became the #1 veterans charity in the world. This year, WWP surpassed the 100,000 mark in terms of veterans they provide assistance to. Work the Wounded Warrior Project does has seen billions of dollars go to help severely injured veterans, and that doesn’t even include the charity’s day to day operations.
Who has WWP helped? Veterans like Army Captain Gregory Galeazzi. Galeazzi lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2011. His right arm was severely injured, also. The WWP came to his aid by pledging to pay for advanced prosthetics training, and helped boost his morale by buying him tickets to New England Patriots games, and connected him with music teachers who helped him learn to play guitar despite his arm being so critically damaged.
When reports surfaced about possible WWP’s misuse of donor funds last year, Galeazzi told the Military Times, “I’m worried that whole safety net isn’t going to be there anymore. I’ve got a standing offer from them to help with advanced prosthetics training, whenever I’m ready they’ll cover the costs. You don’t know what it’s like to have that kind of safety net and cushion if you need it.”
Galeazzi went on, “Those are things that people may see the costs, but it’s something you really can’t put a value on. Most people can’t see my experiences and what the group has meant. But they can see a two-minute news report that shits on the whole organization.”
We were in contact with Captain Galeazzi via email and he thanked us for taking on this story so as to vindicate those in the WWP who have been hurt by the allegations of wrongdoing by Fake News outlets such as the New York Times.
The Wounded Warrior Project doesn’t just help those who have been injured on the battlefield, but also those wounded in other ways. Jennifer Norris was a Technical Sergeant in the Air Force. She retired in 2011 due to PTSD caused by a sexual assault. She spoke glowingly of WWP on her site after attending a series of events designed to assist those with PTSD caused by military sexual trauma:
“Wounded Warrior Project has been a godsend in my life. It started with the first program I attended about a year ago and has only continued to get better. This month I attended the WWP Physical Health and Wellness Expo at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Florida. I absolutely loved everything about what I learned at this place. I had done a ton of research the year prior trying to rebuild my life after the injuries I sustained in the military and was so relieved to learn that I was on the right track. The trainers were professional and helped simplify what is a very overwhelming process if you try to learn about physical heath and wellness on-line.”
Norris continued: “Wounded Warrior Project is definitely investing in veterans with both physical and mental wounds. The programs offered by WWP are a nice compliment to what the VA is currently doing but WWP is taking it a step further. WWP “takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.”
These heroes and tens of thousands of others have two things in common. They fought selflessly to defend their country, and, upon their return to the states, the Wounded Warrior Project generously provided them with the support they needed to adjust to civilian life.
After being attacked by the New York Times and CBS News last year, Wounded Warrior Project has fallen on hard times, and many severely wounded veterans are no longer receiving assistance. But now the truth has come out. The reports by the Times and CBS that Wounded Warrior Project was misusing funds has been completely debunked. Not only were tens of thousands of wounded veterans harmed by the lies maliciously told about WWP, but two of the founding members were fired by the board of directors, and now they’re speaking out…
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