VETERANS BENEFITS – WOUNDED WARRIORS!
Before I share some disturbing facts about the use of compassion, possibly material to make some feel guilty and distorted messages, I am a veteran of the US Navy. I was never wounded and I have never had to depend on the US government for any free veteran benefit. I qualify for a military funeral but I have decided to be cremated at no cost to the government.
Either intelligence, luck or a burning desire to be successful saved me from the embarrassment of depending on our government to give me anything. Having married young and a father at 18, I did qualify for a GI low-interest loan on my first house before I ever owned a car at age 23. Later in life I had a Texas Veterans low-interest loan on some land that was an eventual poor investment.
Those veterans who were not as fortunate as myself should never have to depend on a charity of any kind to receive humane treatment for anything. There are hundreds of charities devoted to helping veterans but one, Wounded Warriors, is plastered on commercials on every TV channel 24/7 and when you read the following facts I have taken from an article posted by Tony Oliva on July 3, 2015 you should be as upset as I am. The biggest shame is the stories of how the veterans are mistreated with lack of healthcare. Every Congress person should be forced to answer one question, WHY?
He mentions other charities worse than WWP.
He went to the Wounded Warrior Project website and reviewed their tax return from 2013.
Line 1b, total revenue, the money that the Wounded Warrior Project brings in was $234,682,943. Over 200 MILLION dollars in a year.
Now, how was that money spent? Let’s first look at what goes toward helping vets. Look at the numbers.
Alumni: Whatever this is? $31,466,113
Combat Stress Recovery: $16,127,622
Soldier Ride: $8,824,978
Other Program Services: $60,780,024
That means that 49.93% of money that the WWP raised actually went to helping wounded vets.
Now look at where the rest of the money was spent:
Compensation and benefits for WWP employees and directors: $26,182,966.
$15, 218,191 for office space.
Nearly $2 MILLION for I.T?
Just under $5 MILLION for occupancy costs?
$6,377,443 for travel expenses? Mr. Oliva stated that travel expenses are NOT for sending wounded vets around the country. That expense would be listed in the program expenses. This was travel expenses for WWP employees traveling around the country.
Consulting costs: $33,081,349
Meeting and events was nearly $17 MILLION.
I have deleted some of Mr. Oliva’s personal comments you might find interesting and you can read the rest for yourself.
All in all the total expenses for “running” the Wounded Warrior Project total $158,073,943 “WOW”.
I encourage you to read more;
I wonder how many wounded veterans actually work there? WWP expenses are a bigger smoke screen than the Red Cross. C Brewer