Wounded Warriors Project, the scoundrels who are eager to raise money from gun owners but who don’t want to be associated or affiliated with gun owners or their charities (see stories one, two, three), is busy detailing their legal team to attack a small Indiana veterans charity who dared call out WWP on their financial shenanigans.
Help Indiana Veterans is a small non-profit in Indiana that dedicates itself to assisting veterans in Indiana. 100% of their net monies goes to assisting veterans. They don’t have a single paid staff member. In fact, founders Dean and Patricia Graham have spent thousands of their own money in addition to donations to assist Hoosier veterans in need.
Contrast that with Wounded Warriors Project, who paid their head guy Steve Nardizzi nearly $350,000 in salary and benefits in 2011. WWP paid over $2 million in salaries and other compensation to Nardizzi and nine other big-shots that year as well. All told, Wounded Warriors might be better renamed Well-paid Office Warriors as they paid – are you sitting down? – over $21 million to their staff in 2011.
$21 million dollars to staff.
$21 million. (Here’s the WWP 2011 tax return).
And how much did they give away in grants in 2011?
Barely $5.5 million dollars – on an income of $148 million.
Does that sound like reasonable and ordinary expenses to you?
It didn’t to Dean Graham who called Wounded Warriors Project “a fraud” (be sure to read the comments section!) and is now being sued by Nardizzi and his well-compensated crew:
INDIANAPOLIS (Fox59) – A national nonprofit group that pulls in more than $150 million annually for veterans has sued local group Help Indiana Vets.
The lawsuit stems from a post on the Help Indiana Vets website, alleging national program Wounded Warrior Project is “a fraud.”
Dean Graham, who founded Help Indiana Vets and posted the article, said he was shocked to hear he’s being sued.
“I think they’re trying to shut me up,” Graham said.
Graham’s allegations are that Wounded Warrior Project does not donate a majority of its profits directly to veterans in need. His article has been re-posted on Facebook and led to emails sent by former donors to the national group.
In the lawsuit, attorneys for the Wounded Warrior Project argue that Graham’s post violates its trademark infringement and has cost it more than $75,000.
“(Graham’s) false and misleading statements alleged herein have deceived many WWP supporters and have caused a number of WWP supporters to cancel their ongoing donations to WWP,” the lawsuit said.
We don’t support Wounded Warriors Project. Are they a “fraud” and “scam”? That’s up to you.
Do you want to give your money to a so-called veterans assistance organization that spends a couple of pennies on every dollar you donate on the advertised mission, or do you want to donate to local groups who spend nearly 100% of every donated dollar to the intended cause?
If you want most of your money to serve veterans, don’t give to Wounded Warriors project.
And tell your friends.