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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.

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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;

http://bulletsfirst.net/2015/07/03/proof-that-wounded-warrior-project-uses-less-than-52-of-donations-to-help-vets/

I wonder how many wounded veterans actually work there? WWP expenses are a bigger smoke screen  than the Red Cross. C Brewer

OBAMA AND CONGRESSIONAL PRIORITIES???????????????????

QUESTION: Do you receive solicitation for charitable donations? Most Americans probably receive hundreds of mail and telephone request to help people who are in need. Since our current President assumed power the volume of these request has at least tripled for us. Having been born in 1930, I grew up during times when charities and churches were the only life line for more people than those who suffer today. Back then Americans took care of each other. Neighbors took care of neighbors.

Now neighbors don’t even know each other. One-half of all Americans now despise each other because that is the political objective of our President and Congress. The politicians can only survive by turning Americans against each other with every issue they can create or that happens by fate.

The bitterness of our current Democratic leaders like President Obama, Senator Reid, Congress member Pelosi to divide the people is sad and pitiful. The hate they espouse is unprecedented and the lack of decorum in Congress is not leadership. America is now a leaderless country. Every decision is political instead of sensible. This dissention of leadership has destroyed common sense in every aspect of our government, including the Supreme Court. The Republican leadership is so divided it has a hard time finding common positions to provide solutions for anything.

Let me walk you through some facts that should bother every American regarding our Governments priorities. I was honorably discharged after nearly five years in the US Navy when I was 22. The only veteran’s benefit I ever needed was a low interest GI loan for my first home. I was raised to take care of my family by working and I was blessed to be able to do this.

What prompted me to write this was inspired by opening one of the frequent request from “Wounded Warriors” who I have supported ever since Trace Adkins commercials first appeared on TV. This motivated me to do some research as it seems like we have far too many different organizations just to support the brave military veterans who put their life on the line to protect our freedoms. WOW, was I overwhelmed when I just examined two websites. Take a look at the following that I feel certain is not a complete list.

Charity and Aid Organizations that assist both active military personnel and veterans;Adopt a Platoon Soldier Support Effort, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Air Warrior Courage Foundation, Air Force Aid Society, Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes For Herpes, American Red Cross, American Gulf War Veterans Association, AMVETS National Service Foundation, Armed Forces Relief Trust, Armed Services YMCA of the USA, Army Emergency Fund, ASMBA STAR Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Reconnect America, Aerospace Education Foundation, Air Force Enlisted Widows, Armed Forces Foundation, Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Billy Blanks Foundation, Blinded American Veterans Foundation, Blinded Veterans Association, Blue Star Moms, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Coalition to Salute American Hero’s, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services Elite, Daughters of American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans, Enduring Freedom K.I.A. Fund, Fallen Patriot Fund, First Command Educational Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Folds of Honor, The Freedom Alliance, Freedom Is Not Free, Global War on Terrorism Veterans in Need, Help Hospitalized Veterans, Homes for Our Troops, Hope For The Warriors, IMA Hero(TM) Collection, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Iraq& Afghanistan Veterans of America, Marine Corps Scholarship Fund, Marines Helping Marines, Men of Easy Company Association, Mercy Medical Airlift, Military Chaplains Association of the USA, Military Community Youth Ministries, Mission Continues, National Defense University Foundation, National Military Family Organization, National Veterans Foundation, National Veterans Services Fund, Inc., Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, Navy Seal Fund, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Officers’ Christian Fellowship , Operation First Response, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, Operation Interdependence, Operation Support Our Troops, Operation Love Reunited, Our Forgotten Warriors, Our Military Kids, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Pat Tillman Foundation, Phoenix House, Inc., Points of Light – Ponte Vedra Beach Rotary, Project Keeping Cadence Purple Heart Cars.org, Raising Consciousness America, Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service Systems, See Your Troops Foundation, Skip Cares – Military Care Packages, Soldiers Angles, Snowball Express, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Spirit of America, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), Survivors of Servicemen (SOS) Fund, The Hugs Project, The Shade Tree, TIRR Foundation, Toys for Tots Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), USA Cares, USO, United Through Reading , Veterans Families United, Veterans Helping Veterans & Others, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans Support Organization, Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, The Walter Reed Society, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Women’s Resource Center of Manatee, Wounded Warriors Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.

I read all of the stories of how our veterans are served by our government. The backlog of request for help from the Veterans Admiration is unacceptable. Congress talks about this and does nothing to help these people. I now understand why we have all of these charities, funds and foundations to help the “Hero’s”.

WHY?

Because Congress and our President could care less that these brave Americans volunteered to serve to protect us and they should be given every priority possible. They are not an important voting bloc to help them get re-elected.

A crack-head welfare recipient can destroy themselves physically and be approved for Social Security Disability faster than a critically wounded soldier can wade through the VA red tape for a disability rating.

WHY?

Because we keep voting for the Progressive Liberals that divide Americans and turn us against each other on purpose. It is time to clean out Washington and agree to elect a leader to “UNITE” us again. How do you feel? C Brewer

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