End of the Year Veteran Donations

I’ve been looking for something to post that would show everyone that I’m not dead, but didn’t revolve around politics like much of my past content.  So I decided to finally write about something I’ve been meaning to for a long time but never got around to: Veteran’s Organizations.

There are a lot of organizations out there that claim to act on behalf of Veterans, but have administration costs as high as 50% of the gross income and overinflated wages for organization members.  So much of the money never makes it to Veterans who actually need it.

The following are organizations that I will personally vouch for as being legitimate and worthy of donation.  Please note that if an organization does not appear here that doesn’t necessarily mean it is not worthy of donation, it just means I do not have any experience with it. Do your homework and research any other organizations before donating.

Wounded Warrior Project – WWP has their hands in numerous programs and activities for Wounded Veterans from the Vail Veterans Program to many of the other trips I have been lucky enough to partake in. They also hooked me up with a lot of gear when I was still a patient at Walter Reed and do a lot of advocacy work for Wounded Veterans.
Soldier’s Angels – Solders Angels did a lot for me when I was in the hospital at Walter Reed. One of their more notable programs is Project Valour IT which helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries.
Vail Veteran’s Program – I was fortunate enough to partake in the VVP on three different occasions since I was injured in Iraq.  The Vail Veterans Program offers skiing, snowboarding and outdoor summer recreation activities to United States military men and women who have been severely wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq at no cost to the participant and their guest.  I can attribute the program with helping me turn my life around by building self confidence as I tried new tasks. vvlogo
Project Healing Waters –  I spent a lot of time fishing and fly tying at Walter Reed thanks to Project Healing Waters.  I was even fortunate enough to partake in a float trip down the Smith River in Montana.   The Project’s program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes and clinics for wounded and injured personnel ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities.

Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) – SUDS) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Ft. Belvoir, VA is designed to help improve the lives of injured veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan.  I started learning how to dive with them but simply didn’t have the time to do my open water dives and get certified.  And frankly, the last thing I need is a new hobby.

Challenge ASPEN – One of their programs, C.A.M.O. (Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities), provides recreational and cultural experiences for wounded warriors with cognitive or physical disabilities. I was fortunate to attend a camp at Aspen last year and had an absolute blast.

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