03 October 2012

Warriors First Foundation... Because Sometimes I Care About Stuff

It's no big secret that many of the charities that were formed to help our veterans, as well as to support our active duty troops are failing miserably in their missions.

More often than not, up to 35% of donations raised are used for administrative costs.
Now I don't know a whole Hell of a lot about running a charity, I'm sure it's more complicated and costly than I am about to make it seem, but bear with me. 

According to this website: Charity Navigator, The Wounded Warriors Project, for example, paid $319,692 in compensation to it's executive director. "Compensation"
 in this case means salary, cash 
bonuses and expense accounts.

You may wonder why this is a cause that I care about so deeply. If you
 don't know, it's because when my husband was finally hospitalized for 
PTSD after a hellish 5 years, we were totally screwed.
While the VA took care of all Art's medical expenses and his inpatient 
care,  I was stuck suddenly with 3 kids and a barely-paying bartending job.

All of  a sudden, Art's salary was mostly gone, the FMLA
 pay that his employer offered didn't even cover our mortgage, 
let alone our utilities, car insurance, or even food.
Luckily, I have family and friends that were more than willing to help us 
out, but many people don't have the support and resources that I had.

Instead, they have to rely on foundations such as the Wounded Warrior 
Project and a dozen other charities that may or may not even offer 
bill-paying assistance. Charities that pay out in expenses just under what 
they have taken in.
It doesn't make a Hell of a lot of sense to me, but as I said, 
I don't know a Hell of a lot about running a charity.

Anyhow, a local company, VANAIR and a handful of other local
 Veteran's groups had been doing fundraising for one of the military 
charities until they became uncomfortable with the amount of money 
that was being used for administrative costs.

Rather than ceasing their fundraising efforts, they decided to form their 
own non-profit, The Warriors First Foundation.
Along with VANAIR, the Disabled American Veterans, 
the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shamrocks Motorcycle
Club, Guardian Rider, The Wall Gang, Combat Vets Association, Indiana 
Patriots Guards and the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association 
are all involved in fundraising activities for the foundation.

As the name implies, the group truly puts our warriors first.
The group is run strictly on a volunteer basis, meaning no one collects a
 salary. To break it down even further, if they have t-shirts made to sell, 
and the shirt costs them $5, when they sell it for $20.00,
 the $15.00 profit goes directly into the hands of veterans that need it, 
veteran's organizations or programs.

If you have a moment, please take the time to go and "like" their 
If you have the means and the inclination, you can visit their website
here to make a donation or learn a bit more about the foundation. 

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