Because Dean Graham, the head of Help Indiana Veterans, wrote that Wounded Warriors was a scam because that so-called charitable organization spends but a few pennies on the dollar in grants to fund endeavors to actually benefit wounded servicemen and women, per their IRS Form 990 from 2011.
While in 2011 WWP gave away a little over $5 million in grants, that same year, they spent over $21 million on salaries and $67 million on fundraising and other expenses.
Dean Graham thought that was a fair definition of a scam and posted his opinion on his website. (We would link to it, but it has been taken down in recent days.)
The Wounded Warrior Project and its legal staff (it’s amazing what you can buy for legal help when you bring in hundreds of millions of dollars) disagreed and sued Graham for nearly $100,000 plus other demands.
As a result of that suit, Graham has pretty much shut down his organization, which spent nearly 100% of all donations on veterans programs to help Indiana veterans.
Wounded Warriors Project found itself in our crosshairs back in 2012 when they shunned partnerships with gun owners. In essence, WWP pretty much said “give us your money but we don’t want to be seen associating with gun owners” (see stories one, two, three).