The bigger an organization gets, the bigger the target is on their back and nothing is more evident of that than the most recent attempted smear campaign against the Wounded Warrior Project ®. Last week, the Daily Beast published a scathing attack that began, “For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits-spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve.”
The Daily Beast’s lopsided column states they reached out to WWP but never received a response. What they failed to say is how long they waited for an official statement before they launched a full-on, junior-high, hater-rant on a blog site.
The latest attack against the time-honored organization comes from a non-profit called Keystone Wounded Warriors. The Pennsylvania-based, all-volunteer, organization has obviously tagged onto the name and now the copyrighted logo of the Wounded Warrior Project; WWP has responded via a lawsuit. The Pennsylvania organization began as a fundraiser to benefit WWP. Ultimately, they decided to fund-raise for themselves while continuing to use the Wounded Warrior name and logo, implying they were still using those funds to support WWP.
The Florida-based Wounded Warrior Project started quite simply in 2003, by providing backpacks and comfort items to veterans at the former Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Medical Center. The organization has grown and expanded their mission never forgetting their core values. To this day, WWP has never accepted a penny of government funding. Sadly, Wounded Warrior Project is once again expending time and energy protecting their good name.
In a similar instance, three months ago, WWP found itself suing a Gig Harbor, Washington, veteran for defamation. Alex Graham, made social media posts and rants to online websites, including his own, accusing WWP of excessive salaries, excessive spending, and questionable fundraising practices. In one such posting, the veteran called WWP a “scam.” On April 28, 2015, that veteran, Alex Graham, posted this retraction to all previous defamatory statements:
The content that I, Gordon Alex Graham, authored and published in my own name and under the handle ASKNOD.com regarding Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. and its programs, services, financial information, supporters, donors, business relationships, and business conduct is not substantiated by any factual information, and is false, misleading, and defamatory.
I retract all such statements, including statements that Wounded Warrior Project is a legal scam and/or a fraudulent organization.
The truth is that Wounded Warrior Project provides lifesaving services to warriors. It is accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to provide benefits assistance to veterans, and it does not receive government funds.”
Ultimately, a court of law will probably decide if this latest poke-in-the-eye to the long-standing veterans’ organization will just go away. In the meantime, WWP, will do what it does best, serve the warriors and their families and continue to support other organizations that do the same.
Examiner’s Note: This Examiner is saddened seeing veterans re-post the obviously biased anti-WWP account via social media sites. Hopefully they will do some research and continue to support an organization that has spent years supporting them.