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Wounded Warriors Project called legal scam as scandalous news spreads

January 1, 2014



Wounded Warriors Project earned our ire about a year ago when they made it clear they didn’t want to partner with gun owners to help them fundraise.  Or Christians (read on).

More recently, they sued a tiny, all-volunteer “Help Indiana Veterans” group for calling them out on the tens of millions WWP spends on salaries and the paltry three or four pennies on the dollar they apparently spend on actual grants.

Word of Wounded Warriors Project and its shameful scam-like handling of monies is spreading, thanks in part to a report at the huge “Veterans Today” blogsite.

Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam

by Alex Graham
(Veterans Today) – As we are coming to find out, wounded Vets are big money. Considering I’m 146% disabled, I’m trying to figure out how to tap into this. The only thing I can see is to start my own 501(c)(3) and start cooking the books with a big $300 K a year salary for my work. Member and eagled-eyed scrutinizer Bruce spotted this heartbreaking article. Just when we thought it was safe to come out of the woods after the last news of the Big Six VSOs padding their bank accounts on the backs of all our disabled, along comes this article and investigation revealing nothing is sacred among thieves.

If you were thinking about donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, think twice. It would behoove you to get in your car and drive cross-country to deliver the funds to the charity you hope to help. More money would end up in their hands than entrusting it to the WWP for disbursement. The Beatles song Tax Man comes to mind- Here’s one for you, nineteen for me. Here’s what I received. It’s ugly.

I’m really sad to read this about the Wounded Warrior Project. I have definitely been a supporter up to now. The attached 2011 990 tax return is a real eye opener! For one, that’s a lot of BIG salaries they are paying at the first and apparently the second (outsourced) level for executive compensation! Obviously it’s not only corporations that can get greedy.


Initially they refused to even appear on Tom Gresham’s GunTalk radio show.

Then, after a backlash of angry gun owner backlash via social media and the web, Wounded Warriors reversed course and said they would appear.

The appearance on the radio show was a complete and utter trainwreck and was ended earlier than planned after their well-paid executive director Steve “Money Money Money” Nardizzi said gun owner partnership was unwelcome.  Here’s our report immediately after the radio interview, which was heard by tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gun owners.

Nardizzi, for being so well-paid, utterly fumbled.

He tried to spin his way out of the mess but only managed to spin himself in deeper, offering all sorts of weak excuses why WWP couldn’t partner with gun-related sponsors.  He cited sponsorships with cyclists and how WWP had cut back on those sponsorships because of some sort of inferior return on investment.

Gresham pressed Nardizzi, saying that WWP had even changed language on their website from firearms to the more incendiary word “weapon”.

Nardizzi offered every excuse imaginable, but in the end Gresham pinned him down as saying that while gun owners are absolutely welcome to send money to WWP, they could not use the logo.

Gresham said that sounds an awful lot like WWP not wanting to associate with gun owners.  “We’ll take your money, but we don’t want to be seen with you,” Gresham said, paraphrasing him.

Nardizzi tried to deny this, but it was a lost cause to anyone with half a lick of common sense and intelligence.

“We’ll take your money and you can do fundraisers for us, but we won’t let you use our logo!” Tom says, mocking Nardizzi’s attempts to spin the truth.

Looking back, I think it was truly God’s work that led us to this discovery, as according to their IRS filings, in 2011 it would seem as though they only gave a little over $5 million in grants on nearly $150 million in income.

Speaking of God, it’s not just gun people that Wounded Warriors Project doesn’t want to be seen with – it’s Christians too.   That’s right.  They don’t want affiliations with  Christian-based groups either.

Fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion? No problem (twice, in fact).

Fundraiser at a church?  Can’t have that.

It’s up to you to whom you give your hard-earned charitable contributions.

Is Wounded Warrior Project worthy?  That’s up to you.


184 comments on “Wounded Warriors Project called legal scam as scandalous news spreads

  1. DLMG40SL on said:

    It is a shame that such a deserving “cause” has such greedy and corrupt “officials”. The local Veteran’s groups are more deserving of support as they are more apt to help local Veterans and do so with local volunteers. Support local VFWs, American Legions, and military groups associated with them, such as the local Marine Corp League.

    • C. Norris on said:

      Unfortunately this article is basically true. WWP experienced such explosive growth due to the public’s support for our troops yet their executive leadership never changed and are not suited for leading such an endeavor. This is hubris. Their Chief Development Officer, Adam Silva is well compensated yet this is the ONLY job he has ever had that was not given to him by a family member after a pitiful attempt at military service. He is an egomaniac that truly brings nothing to the table.
      All of the executive leadership is lackluster with no real world experience. A couple of slimy NewYork Lawyers with Nardizzi and Girodano, the #1 and #2 in the organization. NOBODY at the executive level has any previous corporate or executive experience.
      They spend a tremendous amount on galas just to simply make more money and rub elbows with whatever celebrities are on the payroll that year. They spend exceedingly large amounts of money on extravagant corporate meetings every year. Their corporate travel is completely unregulated and frivolous often traveling a full day for a hour long meeting. They service less than 10% of the warrior population with mediocre programs. This is verifiable. Their database of warriors is paltry, they do nothing. They are an organization that spends money to make money with little or no substantive value returned.
      WWP is unfortunately an organization that started with great intentions and through explosive growth and greed ran amuck.

      • C. Norris you are spot on about Adam Silva.

        • C. Norris on said:

          Absolutely! All the guy does is sit in his office on Facebook all day pretending to work. He is truly an empty seat. His previous jobs were handed to him by family members that probably felt sorry for him. He is a total sham…

      • kingpinpa on said:

        Adam Silva is well compensated yet this is the ONLY job he has ever had that was not given to him by a family member after a pitiful attempt at military service. He is an egomaniac that truly brings nothing to the table.
        All of the executive leadership is lackluster with no real world experience. A couple of slimy NewYork Lawyers with Nardizzi and Girodano, the #1 and #2 in the organization. NOBODY at the executive level has any previous corporate or executive experience. Who else does this sound like ?

      • Chaosoffroad.com/hero
        Hi guys, we are disgusted by all this, my husband was in the army and this all hits close to home. We have started our own organization called Chaos Hero Project, its a very unique approach to truly help people. Please learn more about it at chaosoffroad.com/hero. Thank you.

      • James Oliver on said:

        Good to know you all have your facts right correct about Mr. Silva. He is the most honest person I have ever met. He is intelligent and caring. Hide behind a blog user name whilst you call someone out for making a living just screams coward

        Jimmy Oliver

        • C. Norris on said:


          Good to know you proofread: “have all your facts right correct”? You discredited yourself as a moron in the first sentence.
          Apparently you have no facts at all. I’m sure you’re part of the LAX cult. Were you aware that Silva personally profited from LAX “fundraisers” for WWP? Cash in his pocket.
          I work with him and until recently worked for him. I see what goes on here. Just because he’s your cuddle buddy doesn’t change the facts. He is a no talent clown who was given every job he has ever had because he couldn’t make it in the real world. He’s an overmedicated washed up drunk.

    • M.M Schwartz on said:

      I agree. I’ve been donating every month.

      • Rafael Ortiz on said:

        how do I stop contributions?can’t find nothing on their web site to cancel?

      • Kerri Lynn Bouffard on said:

        If you want a great organization to donate to, check out the Warrior Thunder Foundation based out of Massachusetts. A small absolutely non-profit that raises money for wounded soldiers, veterans, and their families. It is completely volunteer based, and all funds go directly towards helping our military. It’s a great organization and I think everyone should at least check them out.

        • John Lenotte on said:

          Donate to the American Legion. All donations go directly into the charity fund that is designated. Check out www.legion.org There are several funds like Operation Comfort Warrior and The Legacy Scholarship fund.

    • LineDog520 on said:

      Sadly, but true. Just like the Army itself, the system works, is just who’s in charge of the system that always F*#@s it up for the rest.

    • saycheese on said:

      I have a better idea. Use your own leg work and cut out the middle man. Find your local veteran’ project, the local V.A. or through the V.F.W., find a real person who is disabled and give an annonymous gift. I think any vet would love to have a fishing trip. There are lots of fishing guides (rivers and the ocean) who will do this type of thing gratis or at a reduced cost.

    • A Copeland on said:

      The biggest shame is this page thinking Wounded Warrior Project has some kind of religious obligation.

      • C Stover on said:

        Where did the article state WWP has a religious obligation? It states that WWP wants nothing to do with Christian organizations as partners. In other words, WWP is declining help from a group that is willing to help. Why? There is a big difference in refusing help from a religions organization then being told they are obliged to accept that help. As a “charity” one would think that help from religious organizations would be very welcome.

      • Dave Hook on said:

        Read the article. The only religious affiliation they have is worshipping money! Your comment makes no sense.

  2. SGT Brent E. Harney on said:

    With organizations like taking advantage of the veterans and the American people who support them, it’s time to remind the people of the good work of the USO and the VFW in your local town and around the world. I have had a drink and a good meal in some pretty far away places and a great welcome home from those same places many times in my life. They are there to help the soldiers and families without stealing from them.
    Shame on Wounded Warrior Project and hopefully the people will see them for what they are and the will be gone.

    • Marilyn on said:

      And your Local American Legion, they do even way more than the VFW. I am a member of both. The AL helps all military personal and ordinary people in the community that need he

      • Rik Reichert on said:

        True that, I am an AL Rider and even WE have donated to WWP. I hope to hell this is untrue! I have a AF Bro who is a member of WWP and he’s benefited from the program from the beginning.

        • I called them for help and was told that my 20 years of service and 14 as a Paratrooper/ Jump Master was all pre 9/11 so I was not considered a Warrior in the the WWP. WWP is only for
          post 9/11 Veterans…. Sad but true….. I used to donate to them as well

    • I am crying with embarassment for our VETS our true wounded warriors…I am discusted that their cant be a safe place for anyone these days. Greed has taken from every avenues of our lives. Liers, cheaters, thieves… makes me sick what our country has become.

  3. Wounded Warrior Project on said:

    While we normally wouldn’t respond to false claims from an offensive website like Veterans Today which posts anti-Semitic views and conspiracy theories, we feel it important to provide accurate information, since anyone can twist numbers. The claim that WWP does little, if any, direct support of wounded veterans and programs is false. WWP has 19 direct programs and services such as Family Support Programs, Combat Stress Recovery Program and Transition Training Academy that veterans and their families participate in every day. The article also makes claims that based on our 2011 990, we spent $95 million on administrative and fundraising costs and less than 10% of donations actually reached wounded veterans. That is absolutely incorrect. If you actually read our 990 here http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/media/477620/wwp-900-fy-2012.pdf, (page 10) you will see it reflects $95.5 million in TOTAL expenses including 69.5 million spent on our programs and services. Moreover, the IRS form 990 does not present a complete picture of donations and expenditures the way independently audited financials do, and it does nothing to measure impact. Based on Wounded Warrior Project’s fiscal year 2012 audited financial statements, 81.6 percent of total expenditures goes directly to our programs and services for wounded veterans and their families.

    • DLMG40SL on said:

      “it reflects $95.5 million in TOTAL expenses including 69.5 million spent on our programs and services.” ….Where does the other 26 MILLION go?

      • Mark Gray on said:

        Good question, DLMG. With all thats going on today. I will not donate to WMP, anymore. we have in the past but no more. I dont trust them now. Also, they did NOTHING to stop veterans benefits from being cut either. So much for their phony organization.

        • Patrick De Simone on said:

          The WWP is a fantastic organization that has done extraordinary things working in helping veterans of our wars coming back with horrible amputations and other injuries. Gordon Duff, the VT senior editor and chairman of the board is a crazy anti semetic bigot. He says things like 9/11 attacks were by the Israelis, and that the recent Sandy Hook Shootings were revenge killings by orchestrated by the Israelis. They even published articles that deny the Holocaust and the gas chambers. The article, written by VT columnist J. Bruce Campbell in May 2011, states that:

          “ “The holy gas chamber is a fake. Which makes the entire Holocaust story a fake. You can study it for a day or for a lifetime and your conclusion will be the same. There was never a plan for exterminating Jews and there was never an instrument. As Professor Robert Faurisson has asked for years, ‘Show me a gas chamber. Draw for me a gas chamber.’ It can’t be done because there was never such a thing.”
          So you tell me if your going to believe some crap that was published from the VT about the Wounded Warrior Program?

      • Do you have any idea how many people they employ or how fundraisers work?

        You can’t send our Christmas cards asking for money and raise the kind of funds that they have.

    • Cut to the Chase. what does the CFO, and the rest of the Officers get paid. If it is reasonable I will continue to donate. I understand that commercials cost money but many Corp. write that off so How much do the Officers make?

      • Christian on said:

        President of WWP gets paid over 300k per year.. Ohh and by they way.. You have to pay WWP to fundraise for them.. They are a complete scam.. Support smaller groups such as Luke’s Wings or Operation Ward 57.. Maybe Yellow Ribbon Fund if you want your money to make real impact.

        • You have any idea how to run a giant large sized business, work 60 hour work weeks, and you want this business to not have a shit hot CEO?

          $300,000 for running a business this size is nothing. Welcome to the business world

        • Christian the statement you made about you have to pay WWP to raise funds for them it false, I belong to a car club for the last 5 years we have raised funds and they go directly to Colorado WWP I get a statement of where every penny of the money we raise goes too. We have never paid WWP a penny.

      • William on said:

        The CEO of WWP lives in a multi million dollar home in Pknte Vedra Beach Florida in the luxurious Sawgrass Country Club.

        • Angry American on said:

          Funny, none of the board of the group I am apart of get paid anything…many of our items get donated, or volunteers pay for things to get the word out. Not a one of us gets paid for what we do for our vets…. WWW.4w2h.org .check it out, they are amazing!

    • of course WWP never responds, your excuses are thin. How much does all of that advertising cost, why does Nardizzi feel the need to take such a huge salary, why do your local offices rival those of fortune 500 companies, why does WWP not want direct support from the firearms industry–WWP used to take a free booth at SHOT Show…

    • George Formby on said:

      I am an actual Vet in need, and have asked WWP for help, the ONLY thing I got back from the was asking me to donate more money to them!!

      • Rusty B. on said:

        I am a disabled combat veteran who served in Iraq. I can’t speak for WWP, but I can say that wounded warrior battalion did a lot for my family and I before I was medically retired. As far as donating, I prefer to give to the Semper Fi fund. On multiple occasions SFF has helped me out financially with no questions asked. They seem to be truly FOR us vets.

        • I agree semper fi fund is outstanding.as a father of a wounded marine I can say they help to buy his disabled van,donated to his home and once he was retired and the VA was giving him the run around about a new wheel chair that bought it for him flat out

        • Gilbert Guerrero on said:

          I agree with you a 100% warrior. Semper Fi Fund is a amazing group that has helped me and my spouse out a lot when I was unemployed. Wounded warrior battalion is another good group. How come everyone start sending your donation to these two groups instead of WWP

    • Danielle on said:

      So $69.5M program expense plus $5M grants…that’s still less than 50% of $150M income getting to the vets. Not good enough!

      • Look how much revenue was estimated to come in, and how much was a surplus. That’s all money sitting in the bank, kinda like successful businesses don’t spend 100% of their revenue. You need someone to keep building upon, and in case post-Afghan war, people start forgetting about veterans (like the usually do after wars), at least some groups like WWP still have some money to get the job done.

        • My4x4tune on said:

          Hey “G”, They are supposed to be a non-profit, do you understand what that means?

        • capt Scooby on said:

          4×4, you know what it’s like to run this kind of org? Offices running in 13 states, performing more than 20 soldier rides a year, gear and logistics, etc? Sounds like a ton of shit talking, with hot air

    • Lauren Sharp USSF, SFC (Ret) on said:

      And your response to WWF refusal to partner with firearms manufacturers or churches? Are you that far removed from those for whom you claim to assist? As veteran of over 21 years in the Army, I do not donate to WWF but to the USO and SOF warriors, those that I know and trust, not something that has become a business and corrupt.

    • WWP will never get a dime from me. There are much better ways to support our troops and wounded veterans than this bloated company.

    • He did not refute the point about WWP being anti-2A.

    • Unknown on said:

      Anyone else notice wwp states that that the claims on there 2011 990 is false, and then provide us with their 2012 990 to prove it. How about you show us 2011 990?

      • did you notice the person that claimed the 2011 990 shows they barely pay anything to veterans never actually posted the 2011 990 to prove it.

        why would ww have to prove something is wrong when it hasnt been proven right?

    • Something stinks….and it’s NOT The WWP …

    • Dan Carrier on said:

      I am a 50% disabled vet from Vietnam, but I never heard of someone being 146% disabled!!!

      • luda93 on said:

        The VA rates each disability. If you add each percentage together you can very easily come up with a percentage well over 100%. My husbands total ratings are over 200%. Thank God he is still highly functional.

    • Maverick on said:

      WWP, as a United States Marine, you are hereby notified and advised of the following:

      Your anti gun CRAP puts you in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States and thereby constitutes making and identifying you as an enemy of such. I swore an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath did not say…except Jews, Blacks, Muslims, Mexicans, etc, etc. That constitution also provides for this page to spew hate in the form of words if it so chooses…I defend their right to speak in a free nation, without passion or prejudice and without regard to my personal feelings on their personal and/or public belief system.

      What separates you from this page is the fact that I have heard your representative(s) actually say that they are, in fact, in favor of taking guns away from free citizens. But in the same speech or interview, SHE was asking for donations for your organization.

      I am declaring you an enemy of the United States of America and the Constitution. I do hereby declare that you are not welcome in this country and extend, for you, and invitation to go set up shop in North Korea or Iran. I’m sure they are more than happy to have such anti American scum to grace their ground.

      And with that, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns…please contact my secretary at 1-800-382-5633 and we can schedule a time to meet face to face.

    • Nice try to deflect by putting up 2012′s tax sheet instead of the 2011! Common your trying to pull it over our eyes like the politicians! We are not dumb we are not sheep and we will not stand for this. My money and support goes to Camp Valor Outdoors a disabled veterans group that sponsors both gun hunts among other things. You guys are all about money and the simple fact that you try to deflect form this article of “2011″ to put up 2012 is simply dishonest!

    • I Served 20 years and all was Pre 9/11 14 as a paratrooper. Was told that I was not a Warrior. Went to your Facebook page to ask why, I was Blocked from making comments…. Please open your eyes America, we need you

    • Kathleen Holstead on said:

      Define “PROGRAMS & SERVICES” Titles

    • capt Scooby on said:

      I just returned again from a wounded warrior event. True, only my second event, but none the less, they paid for EVERYTHING!! If you fucks would give something for the project to use so us vets can go somewhere, speak up and donate your resources. I’ll go anywhere, anytime to get away from the hell of shit in my head… all I hear is you fucks bashing a group that needs the resources you jackasses have but refuse to let use. I and other vets can only get to places that can accommodate wheelchairs, and such… so, either out up or stfu… ass chewing over

    • Whats notable here is that with all the hundreds of millions the WWP takes in, its that they can only get a dozen or so wounded vets to defend them. You would think that with the kind of money they generate that thousands of veterans would be going public with all the good they claim to do. It not happening because they dont exist. Cherry picking 10-20 veterans and then using them in fancy commercials or as defenders on the internet along with paid employees doesnt cut it. According to your own 990′s you are nothing but a for profit business masquerading as a charity. Shameless !

  4. Damocles on said:

    That boat sailed for me long ago. As a Christian, veteran, and gun owner, WWP will NEVER get a penny from me.

    • Patrick De Simone on said:

      Even though this article is complete bullshit lie? Have you researched the VT? Its a anti semite conspiracy theory website.. They say that 9/11 was the Israelis. They say that Sandy Hook was revenge killings by the Israelis. They even say that the Holocaust never happened and that the gas chambers never existed….are you freaking kidding me? Sounds like Iranian propaganda. haha

      • Maverick on said:

        Please refer to my post. My great grandparents were Jewish. That said, one of these entities are within the constitutional bounds, the other is not!

  5. So 81 percent goes to programs and services, how much of that actually reaches vets. How much of it goes to “run” these programs and services and is payed out in overinflated paychecks and bonuses. What kind of houses and cars do the people who run wounded warriors live in and drive? People getting rich and telling themselves they are great humanitarians by helping out lesser people in need just doesnt sit right with me.

    • Joint cost allocation, Mike. It’s a beautiful thing if you want to write off fundraising expenses as “programs and services”.

      What is JCA?

      Example: On your fundraiser envelope, you’ll put something on the back like “Don’t forget our wounded warriors” and then write off the cost of the envelopes and printing costs, as well as the postage as “programs and services”… you know, reminding people not to forget our wounded warriors.

      Your question is spot on: How much reaches vets substantively, not in free trinkets like t-shirts and shorts emblazoned with WWP’s logo.

    • I can tell you this,when wwp invites a vet to an event they only go half way.They only pay for the event and not for travel or hotel for these vets.So true they hold event but most vets Don’t come because they can’t afford the travel

      • capt Scooby on said:

        You know a fucking thing you’re talking about… advise you to stfu and return to you’re computer talking points…

  6. Where can they point to GSL posting anti-semetic sentiments?!?!?

    Ironically, as I write this post. a WWP commercial is airing in a top-dollar spot on FOX News…….again!

  7. Sgt Batiz on said:

    Reason why I refuse to purchase WWP crap… This program is like AER, snobs taking advantage of wounded vets…

  8. Donald on said:

    What about your anwsers about why u won’t use gun companys to help you out or why we can do fun raises for u but not use your logo

  9. Wrench on said:

    The same reason why I do not donate to Red Cross and United Way. The Salvation Army and Shriners Hospitals continually rank high for your money being used for what it is intended. I ALWAYS am suspicious of so called charities. Remember the sucking sound of contributions going into a black hole for the Haiti disaster? Bill Clinton and Bush hawking a fund and the money disappears and nothing happens as just one example. Scams abound. Fact of life. Sad.

  10. Jeff Bailey on said:

    I have been a supporting member of WWP since I joined the military. I am still a member and plan on being one till the day I die. They have done nothing wrong be my family, myself and all of the vets that I know. If anything. They have only helped us continue to heal. All you fucking people see is the numbers. Then you want to piss and moan about shit that doesn’t even concern you. So why don’t you all shut your damn mouths and drive the fuck on.

    • brandy on said:

      Jeff, if it is a small amount now and nobody noticed or cares they can continue to increase that amount to the point where services become poor and stop helping vets. Then vets will begin to piss and moan about them not doing anything because the money goes elsewhere. At that point no one will feel sorry about it because some saw it coming and nobody cares enough then so It wasn’t a big deal till it was too late.
      I am a vet, I wear their wrist band that says integrity on it 24/7 365….it’s their right to not choose sides and be neutral but they shouldn’t make a gain off of others losses. I don’t know the hard facts but that’s how I see it, devils advocate if you will.

    • Millie Monroe on said:

      I’m glad you have been helped. But honestly, your point might be taken better if you would lay off the swearing. Anger is fine and sharing it is fine….but swearing is the lowest form of disagreement….

      • yep…cussing and dropping “F” bombs are just a way of letting others see just those words and not the ones youare trying to defend… your educated, use verbs :D

    • Look here punk I was light infantry in the 25th, I live in San Antonio so I can make myself easy to find for you if you wanna look. People can say what they want and I happen to agree with what their saying as I posted below. I was combat wounded and the military channel did a documentary on my battalion because of our severe level of combat. So before you go acting like a tough guy cussing and barking orders at people on here I’m a retired infantry sgt and look me up if you wanna prove your metal instead of running your mouth.

      • Gilbert Guerrero on said:

        At Jon
        Get some killer I got your 6

        I’ve tried to go to WWP programs and all I get is” sorry you were not picked try again next time” Operation Homefront is another scam they like to collect donations but don’t help vets out. They always have excuses on why they can’t help you financially.

        • Ryan Yearicks on said:

          i have tried to join but it seems like all i get is more ” we need this document or that document.” i have sent them more stuff than i did to the VA for my disability rating.

    • You must be getting some of them numbers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Few do get help and made poster children, splattered all over the TV and Posters .


    • capt Scooby on said:

      Jeff n I will both stand here and tell y’all to fuck off… I don’t want to be held by shitbags like y’all anyways… FUCK off…

  11. curtis on said:

    I thought something was wrong earlier last year when I was trying to set up a Duck Hunt in Nevada for wounded Veterans. I have the place, volunteers, gear, and pleanty of support. We just needed the vet. The only cost was their licenses and transportation to Vegas. I felt WWP was giving me the run around because they always needed “more details” It seemed like the person wanted to know at what time the ducks would be flying in.
    I got the feeling they just want you to send them money.

  12. It isn’t the project is how UR spending the $$$. What make you think you deserve over 300K salary … That money is for Warriors not U. If you can’t run the organization at a reasonable salary like maybe 80K than you got problems. Get out of the free money business and get a real JOB. If you are a VET you should be ashamed of yourself big time. I am a simple VET. It’s plain to see the folks running the organization are greedy. 150Million in and only 5Million to our warriors who sacrificed so much. That “SUCKS”.

  13. If you want to donate to any charitable cause. Always go local. Disabled American Vets has many local chapters you can donate to. This is the same scam that Wayne Purcell and the HSUS has been pulling for years with the tear jerking sad song caged cute puppy ads. You do notice the ads are all the same. Sad song, check. Show stock video of those we are ‘supposed’ to be helping, check. Ask for a 19.00 a month donation, people are looser with their wallets than if you asked for $20.00. Check. Offer a T-Shirt they can wear to allow the donar to show up their pier groups with their ‘charity’ check.

  14. JAC525 on said:

    I had donated in the past until I started to read about WWP and where the money was really going. I WILL NOT SENT THEM ANOTHER PENNY.

  15. Kristin on said:

    Always look at the PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America). The work they do on spinal injuries is amazing. They really take care of the vets.

  16. it,s sad that greedywanna be,s take money off back,s of wounded it,s same as our government who we the people give it to these …….. in first place mad as hell oorah always.

  17. I have heard nothing but bad things about WWP. I used to support them but with reports like these I no longer do. The vet charity that I know throw all of my support behind is the Iraq and Afgahnistan Veterans of America (IAVA). They do a ton of great work for our younger vets, and from everything I have read on them their financials are way more in line with what you would hope a charity would do.

  18. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is a non profit with 5 paid folks and a rented national office ,160 programs run by 2500 volunteers. 82% of each $1 goes to the warriors who are disable.
    Our web diet tell the story www.projecthealingwaters.org
    I have been a volunteer for seven years and we have made a different in the lives of many warriors and vets.

  19. On the bright side, there are a lot of class act organizations out there who are doing stellar work to help vets: HAVA, Soldiers Angels, Project Valour-IT and so on…

  20. I was introduced to this program as I was medevac from my second deployment to Iraq with and mos of 11B when they found a brain tumor and I was sent to FT. Sam Houston. I recieved no help from anyone because they said I was sick and not injured because even though I was blown up four times my first deployment I had not yet been tested for TBI. So I supported my family on my own who came from southern va to take care of me through brain surgery, chemo, and radiation. It’s ok I saw some non profits doing great things for some friends so I accepted things how they were. I became friends with a former employee of the wounded warrior project who started their peer mentor program. So I became a peer mentor for them. And the guy I was assigned was having a rough go trying to get by in Maine with three kids and hospital bills he couldn’t pay. The WWP did nothing and my stress increased over three weeks and then my Mentee was given a number to a higher up at the WWP that I was given by my buddy who had worked hard trying urge action and help. My mentee called still nothing after promises. This place is a scam my buddy was let go for no reasonable explanation and the staff is cold to you if your not in their click. All the people I’m their commercials are employees of theirs. I support the ride to recovery and operation comfort.

  21. Nathan Pickering on said:

    I am an alumni of the WWP and they have helped me out in innumerable ways. My family would not have been able to keep our house or get the help needed for my ptsd without them. All if you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  22. Kaitlin on said:

    I am an alumni of WWP. I can’t even count the number of ways that this program has improved my life. Financially? No. Of course not. But through connections with other veterans, especially female veterans, who have been through similar situations as myself? Absolutely. How has that improved my life? I have people around me now who understand what I’m going through and who I can talk candidly with about the experiences I had on deployment, without any fear of judgement or criticism. This is a website that is pro-gun. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing as I have two. However, as with most websites that support a certain cause, once an organization shows that they have no interest in partnering with them for whatever reason, the bad publicity will start. And WWP probably doesn’t connect with churches because there are more than just Christians who are alumni of WWP. It could be read as offensive if they partnered with a church but not a synagogue or other house of worship…which would probably garner them the same crap this website has given them.

    • So you okay with them making 6 figures?

    • Cav Scout on said:

      I am also an injured veteran, yes the WWP helps us, yes they have great programs. BUT the way they use the funds they have been given by genorous people wanting to help veterans is unreal. Inflated salaries and misappropriation of funds is unacceptable to me and I will not endorse their foundation. I was also an employee of WWP.

  23. Mark B on said:

    Show me another business or non profit that brings in over $100 Million and only pays their top officers $300k. Get real people, if you want an $80k top level person, you’re going to get a organization that isn’t helping anyone because the talent will just not be there to raise funds. 1/2 of the other organizations you mentioned that you should all be giving to pay’s their chiefs more than that and you have to look at their total compensation packages, not just the salary. The deal is that you should take a few minutes to educate yourself, never make your opinions from one “news” source.

  24. Well it looks like the paid shills/employees of WWP are out in force trying to discredit this story. When the “official” response uses the same demonizing techniques (i.e., calling the source anti-semetic) as the media does to those whose ideals don’t match their agenda, it raises a huge red flag.

    I am sure the WWP does help a few, but many more could be served if the per dollar percentages reaching the vets went up. The proof is in the numbers; you spend money on what you care about, and in this case it looks like the big wigs at WWP are really more concerned with their own betterment than helping their named constituency. It reminds me of the Komen foundation who also go after small groups they see as infringing on their revenue centers or questions their tactics/expenditures.

  25. Lynn Miller on said:

    Check out www.eaglerockcamp.org. Launched our first retreats in 2013 – more great things to come in 2014. Only one paid person – our Life Skills instructor.

  26. Jmqs89 on said:

    People please stop believing nonsense. I’m a current wounded warrior. Ever since I was hospitalized the wwp has being a great help for me and my family. They do actually help and gives a lot for us the wounded warriors, stop believing simple numbers and false accusations specially from a web site such as this one. If you don’t beleive me , why don’t you got to your close wounded warrior regiment which the main three are located in nc, ca and tx and ask us personally.

  27. I am a disabled Veteran. WWP has helped me some in the past. But, this is not the first time I have seen the less-than-stellar side of WWP. Being from Texas, I know personally how strong the patriotic spirit is in Texas, and how strongly Texans value their Veterans. WWP has failed Vets here many times. One of the largest concentrations of Veterans in the state is in the DFW Metroplex, yet WWP staunchly refuses to add an office anywhere in the area. In order to attend about 95% of Texas WWP events, a veteran has to travel to San Antonio. From DFW, it takes 4+ hours to reach San Antonio, thus making it highly inconvenient for most of us. Ryan Kules is the poster child of the WWP, but do not count on him to actually assist a fellow Vet, much less answer a simple question in an email. All in all, WWP’s shroud of goodness is decaying away, and what is being revealed underneath it is quite unpleasant.

  28. NRA does the same thing. WLP gets paid $950,000 plus paid expenses and no one bats an eye. Stop being hypocrites.

    • Well, “shawn”, the NRA is NOT claiming to raise funds to assist disabled people, so your point is, at best, moot.

      • Shawn, stop being rediculous. The NRA is a private organization with members that pay dues. The WWP is a charity based organization. Not the same thing. If you can’t understand that, then you have bigger problems then what people think about WWP.

    • dan k. on said:

      Please, honestly answer us why the holy hell you would bring in the NRA card on this? This has absolutely NOTHING to do with Gun Rights, other than WWP would not work with 2A groups supposedly. I am not going to go off the deep end and call WWP out on figures I have no clue about, but if the brass is living the life of f-ing millionaires in country club settings there is something far pervasive going on other than helping those in need. Read this …

      If you’re in it to get rich, GET OUT!

      That is not what “Charity” is about. Look at Goodwill, etc. Everyone bashes them for their CEO being a multimillionaire. The same thing goes here. I am shocked and saddened by this article — even more so if it is found that the allegations are TRUE. I held this organization in high regard. Don’t be a freaking puppet — if you feel getting rich off of patriotic Americans wanting to help our vets is wrong, SPEAK UP! Don’t sit back on the fence.

  29. I’m currently a patient in the wounded warrior btn and a wwp member.wwp gave me a hat and a water bottle. That’s it! WWP is a complete joke ,for everyone that actually wants to donate to a charity, donate to the Semper if fund. Semper if fund paid for my alpha stim machine, 2 cross crountry trips for transition workshops, prescription Irlen sunglasses and a grant for my service dog. Semper Fi fund is the best and thanks wwp for the hat you greedy fat cats.

  30. Leibo Raibstein-Peralta on said:

    What a shame!

  31. Jeremy Mathis on said:

    F*&# the fake veterans organizations. Greedy corporation stuff. Forget bumper stickers, forget WWP shirts, don’t need your yellow ribbon pins and bumper sticker nonsense. You want to support veterans? Find one and say thank you. Ask if they need anything. Offer to pay for their gas or their meal or whatever. Want to support a veterans club? Support Your Local Infidels. Vote Republican. Eat bacon. Merica.

  32. UNICEF – CEO, receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Royal Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes, and an expense account that is rumoured to be well over $150,000.)

    President and CEO of the American Red Cross… for her salary for the year ending in 2009 was $651,957 plus expenses

    President of the United Way receives a $375,000 base salary

    The American Legion
    In 2009, the three officers listed on form 990 were compensated $201,611, $152,618, and $162,787.

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars
    A 2010 report showed the top compensation for the VFW to be $238,211

    The Military Order of Purple Hearts
    CFO Stephen L. Ruckman received $150,626.

    St. Jude’s Research Hospital
    CEO William E. Evans received compensation of $824,000 in the latest form 990.

    Well I would say that WWP’s executive level salaries are on par with all of the other “helping” organizations.

  33. Their program costs are not just what goes to helping wounded warriors, but is probably loaded with labor costs that are allocated to “program” rather than “administrative” costs. This is a common accounting maneuver. The figure shown is not what is provided to help the vets.

  34. This “story” is just not true based on how much, as a percentage, that actually goes to support our Veterans!

    Visit Charity Navigator to find out the truth for yourself!


    • I have used that website for years – love it! It’s amazing the millions (billions?) of dollars each year that are essentially donated to CEOs pockets of some of the worst charities. WWP doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to one of those. Their CEO’s salary is only 0.32% of WWP’s expenses. Not bad!

      • This site does have a great deal of information about many charities. I am less concerned with the CEO’s salary as a percent than I am with some of the WWP’s other numbers. For instance why do they spend $.23 to raise a dollar in contributions while the VFWFoundation only spends $.06? And why do their programs only get 58% of their budget while the VFWFoundation spends 86% of their budget on their programs? Where your charitable dollar goes requires more research than a single CEO’s salary and a critical article from a possibly biased source.

  35. M Thor on said:

    I find it rather suspicious that your article comes after they decline to team with gun owners – then are also linked to being against Christians. While I will absolutely do my own investigation with links posted by you AND WWP – as I tend to like to think for myself – instead of blindly being led – your site is obviously one that is way too slanted to one side to be considered legit as far as your accusations. While I am a gun owner – and a member of the NRA longer than sarah palin – your spewing of hatred and sowing of fear causes most educated people to say WTF??

  36. Just Plain Jason on said:

    Really you are citing Gordon Duff and Veterans Today as a source? Have you bothered to look up any of their shenanigans at all? Hell you might as well look at David Icke as evidence. If you had a credible argument you lost it with them. You should look into Gordon Duff and Veterans Today.


    If you have issues with how WWP spends their money that is one thing, but lie down with dogs you are going to come up with fleas.

  37. Just Plain Jason on said:

    You guys are citing Veterans Today…


  38. Just Plain Jason on said:


  39. busyteach6 on said:

    There are numerous non-profits that have a better track record than this one. Our whole town, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, stages a kayak race and other activities in June to support Hope for the Warriors. This nonprofit has received the top-rated award for three years running from GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations! Please see our webpage, www.kayakforthewarriors.org to see what we’ve accomplished in 6 short years. Y’all come down to our beautiful coastal community to kayak, come to our auction, bike ride, etc. Lots of fun for a great cause.

    • Robin Kelleher is the CEO of Hope for the Warriors the charity that Kayak for the Warriors benefits. Her salary is 1.89% of her organization’s expenses. The CEO of WWP, Steven Nardizzi’s salary is 0.32% of WWP’s expenses.
      Now, I’m not at all saying that Hope for the Warriors is a bad organization – on the contrary, they are great and get some of the highest ratings on most charity rating websites, but WWP gets pretty good ratings too.

      • Again, these numbers can be misleading. The 1.89% you are comparing to Nardizzi’s .32% is in fact $86K compared to his $300K. And again, WWP spends $.23 to raise a dollar compared to Hope’s $.08. Hope manages to get 82% of their budget to the programs and services it delivers compared to WWP’s 58%. For more bang for your buck it looks like WWP has some issues when compared to similar organizations like the Hope for the Warriors or VFW Foundation.

  40. MichaelP on said:

    You guys aren’t very smart at all. Your “issue” is that the organizations managers have large salaries yet I’m sure you are all staunch defenders of capitalism. An economic theory resting on the principle that humans are inherently greedy and selfish and that the number one incentive to produce goods and services is and should be accumulation of material wealth. An economic system that assumes there’s no such thing as altruism. That’s all that is going on here. The individuals running the organization have found a way to raise money for combat wounded veterans while themselves collecting a salary that is on par with other charitable organizations. And if you believe in ‘Murican capitalism it should be that way. After all if the head of the Wounded Warrior Project was making only $80,000 a year as some of you would have suggested, what incentive would that individual have to keep the project going rather than shut it down and take their leadership and business skills to a for profit corporation?

    The reason they don’t want to be associated with guns or gun rights advocates is that it is a controversial issue. They don’t want to alienate people who feel uncomfortable about firearms or certain types of firearms. If the organization appears to support one side of a controversial issue, that may be detrimental to their campaign for donations. It’s the exact same thing with the churches. If the organization appears to support a particular religion or denomination that could reduce the amount of money they are able to collect. It is in their best interest to remain neutral on these issues. Face it, the people running Wounded Warrior Project are smarter than you. You are neanderthals compared to them. The only word you can say is “guns guns guns.”

    • They don’t want to be associated with guns? Then I suggest they find another set of people to use…..but then veteran awareness raises more Monty….not just some other “charity”.

  41. I know FIRST HAND they DO NOT support the Vietnam veteran. Yet, they tout as if they do in the commercials…..they use the song “In the fields of Vietnam” and show black & white video of Vietnam active duty running for helicopters.

    They are a scam and paying out 5million to any number of veterans, when pulling in 150 million, is a full out scam!!!

  42. AFMomXs2 on said:

    I think Trace Adkins better get out before he gets accused of taking money from the Vets.

  43. CharityNavigator.com is where I always go before contributing to a Charity. On that website, WWP is rated average to above average. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842#.UtJBTp5dV2A
    Their score is very close to other large national charities such as the USO. Only 5.7% of their expenses are “administrative”, which includes employee and executive pay. The rest of their expenses are programs (things that benefit wounded warriors) and fund raising (money that must be spent to get donations – essentially advertising). Sure, there are ways to manipulate the numbers, such as having fundraisers at the Playboy Mansion which may have really just been a party for their executives, but even if there is some manipulation, they appear to be doing much better than the majority of charities. If you want to be amazed, check out their “Worst 10″ list ->http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=topten.detail&listid=164#.UtJD2J5dV2B

  44. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842#.UtJ2Mnk_2Ow

    This review doesn’t sound as bad as the article above claims.
    Not sure what is going on here whether there is actually a problem with WWP or if the gun advocates are upset that WWP won’t endorse them so are trying to tear them down.
    Doing more checking.

    • Exactly! Just the small amount of research I did debunked the accuracy of this ‘write up,’ proving to me that the writer(s) are capitalizing off of the sour grapes they have towards the project for its fundraising choices. Research, people.

  45. Lawrence Salcido on said:

    For the past three years we have a charity golf event at a country club in California where we raise over 200k for wounded warriors. 100% of the proceeds goes to wounded warrior project..that’s over 600k dollars an after reading this I’m disgusted..as a wounded warrior I will now give all proceeds to Semper Fi or team Semper Fi since WWP is a scam. I got mad when they told me I couldn’t put WWP on team jerseys that we were wearing to support them because it’s there logo…really?? Last time I checked it’s myself an every other veterans logo… Again I’m reporting this an I hope it spreads. I will not buy your clothes or gear an let all my friends know what a scam your running. All WWP logos an gear will be pulled from my pro shop!!

  46. Robert Collins on said:

    AS we learn about Organizations its sad that they seem to be a lot of scams. I don’t want to say all. But think about just helping locally. Give to your church. Might as well just give to your neighbors you know who truly need.

  47. Robert Collins on said:

    I have asked”why should we even need wounded warrior project?” Our brothers and sisters fighting for our country should just be taken care of….the organization is “US Military.”

  48. I believe this is the group Bill O’Reily is investigating. He mentioned that he is looking into a well known vet group who may be doing wrong and would air if it is true that they have done wrong.

  49. Torri Tsagournos on said:

    And to think how much they make off of the races they sponsor such as the Tough Mudder. As the race day draws near, each participant can pay up to nearly $200 and I’m sure WWP gets a large portion of it. I will not participate in this race again because of this.

  50. mike roxon on said:


    this is a veteran who needs help!!!!!!