Wounded Warrior Project

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Sniper03, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Just wondered how many of us here on the FTF have joined or donated to the Wounded Warrior Program. Or have given it some thought. Breaks my heart to see the guys and gals coming home in the condition that they are and even the ones you can not visualy see what is wrong as PTSD. And the effects all of it has on them as well as their families. I like many were one of the lucky ones who came home out of the military service intact! Thank God! I think the program is a very good and worthy program.

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  2. Dillinger

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    We do. We have bought 5 backpacks to date, are members of the advance guard, raise money and volunteer. This weekend we will be running the WWP tent at the Washington Tough Mudder.

    I plan on taking a lot of pictures, it should be awesome.

    WWP is a fantastic, non profit program that really makes a difference. I'll post more about it later.

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  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    So, the Wounded Warrior Project. or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

    Here is a quote on the stats of these brave people this organization is helping.

    As a member of the Advanced Guard we make a small monthly donation, each of us, we have done a couple of fund raisers (as part of a team) and we have purchased (5) of the WWP Backpacks, which is special unto itself.

    Here is something about what the backpack is:

    And here is what a wounded combat veteran had to say about receiving one of these backpacks in the hospital when he showed up with nothing.

    Here is where you could purchase one if you wanted to make a donation. Totally tax deductible.

    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/pidWW00001#bv-reviews

    Last summer we did an event for WWP as volunteers, our first. It was called a "Soldier Ride" and it was like an 8K for both regular civilians, but also a huge number of combat wounded who had come to WWP in one way or the other.

    We started by directing parking. Not glamorous, but it needed to be done well so all the participants could get up and check in. Andrea and I, along with another couple rocked the parking and got everyone in and pointed in the right direction right up to the time of the start of the first riders.

    We then contacted John Connor, no sh*t that is the guy's real name I posted his business card on this very forum, and he gave us a two turn section of the riding course to direct.

    It was small, in a residential neighborhood, but we had to encourage the riders as they were coming into the home stretch and had to go uphill from our point.

    The job seemed pitiful. Like it didn't matter. "You're doing great, Turn here. Look for the blonde up the road, she will show you the next turn".

    How wrong I was. How wrong WE were.

    The civilian riders were doing their thing and a bunch of them would give us knuckles or a high five as they came buy. Some whistled or winked when they were tired. It felt good.

    Then the Soldiers came. They had police escorts, they had follower trucks, but there were soldiers who were missing arms, legs, rolling in wheels chairs, some on tandem bikes, a couple were running with those big Hi-Li shaped legs, but they were all together in a huge group and they had American flags flying HIGH and PROUD!

    They came down the street and I was whistling and I was pointing the way they had to turn, it was a long straightaway to get to me, but they all seemed to slow down and as they road past many came over and gave me a high five or knuckles, but most of them saluted and said "Thank you".

    Are you f*cking kidding me? Thank me? I am standing here on a Saturday telling you to go right and YOU are thanking me?

    I admit I had tears streaming down my face, which no one mocked, as they road through onto my gal down the way where they did the same thing. Thanking us for being there to support them, guide them, let them know we supported them.

    A cop car that was following let me know that about 80% of the riders but there was a few stragglers. I said no problem, we'll be here until the last one comes through so they know the route.

    That is a day I will never forget as long as I live. And that is a feeling I would not remove from my memory for damn near anything in the world.

    Yeah. We Support WWP in our house.
     

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  4. silverado113

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    I thought about signing up but I haven't looked into it much.
     
  5. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

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    Never did the WWP, but I do buy stuff and send out care packages to soldiers. My friend is a Ranger and tells me who's lacking on stuff.
     
  6. Dillinger

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    It's a truly great organization and the people you help are the ones that need it the most.

    I would encourage you to at least read the website and see if anything speaks to you.

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  7. willfully armed

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    I've shot at the last three wounded warrior gateway classic IDPA matches. Its a special shoot for me, as its the first major match I shot, and I appreciate where my money goes.
     
  8. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    I was looking more for therapy reasons.
     
  9. willfully armed

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    And an afterthought, any of you who read this, that haven't already donated, have no right to be a proud American. This organization supports those who get ****ed up for life while defending freedom.

    You have a duty to do so
     
  10. Dillinger

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    They have a TON of programs and they always try to bring those who are wounded together for treatment, or therapy, or whatever is needed so you are not talking to a bunch of "civilians" who haven't been there.

    If you need help, they should be one of the first places you look to, my friend.

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  11. c3shooter

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    My range association supports the WWP, and we also host shoots for some of our younger brothers and sister rehabbing at McGuire Hospital- get them a day of the range, cheeseburgers and soda. A lot of them are amputees, and they are learning to to do things all over.

    There is also a good fishing lake near where I live that has a wheelchair accessible floating dock- we have had 2 "let's go fishing" outings.

    There is a somewhat related program I would mention- Fisher House. Provides temporary housing at no charge to families of GIs visiting them in a military hospital. NO govt funds, one of the 10 best charities in the US- and you CAN donate frequent flyer miles to them.
     
  12. Dillinger

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    Fisher House is an amazing charity! We cooked dinner there a couple of years ago and it was a great experience. The people have hopes to hold on to, but that dinner was a great time for all.

    Fisher House is the designated charity of a local radio show. The Men's Room has a special beer, called Men's Room Original Ale, and all proceeds go to benefit Fisher House.

    http://seattlebeernews.com/2012/02/...547-in-donations-to-puget-sound-fisher-house/
     
  13. tri70

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    I have not heard of the WWP but I have given to several charities around here for vets. I just gave $1 to vet at the store the other day, Vets of Foreign Wars. My cousin is a Dessert Storm vet, he went thru a tornado that broke both his legs. He lived in a trailer house that took a direct hit lifted the house up over trees and landed 300 yds in a field. This was 2 yrs ago in December, Sears and other groups donated to rebuild his home, nice wood/brick with a storm shelter. It was one of the worst tornados this area has ever seen. I also give him a great discount at my firework stand, any solider/vet gets a 10% discount.
     
  14. Sniper03

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    Wounded Warrior Program

    JD,

    Being a Vet myself and after making a simple donating since I felt it was the least I could do. Then reading of your involvement and dedication to the WWP organization. My heart and inner feelings was Jarred! So as of this week, I joined the Advanced Guard Program also! Not much at that, but it at least it is something to show my support as yours and others. God Bless our Troops and God Bless America!

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