So it appears the Wounded Warrior Project went and shoved their foot in their mouth with regards to a large segment of the population which graciously throws money at them.
“WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies.“
Screenshot in case they memory hole the end statement.
In case you didn’t read the first link, this includes doing interviews with firearm related talk radio. Given that it would also prevent firearm events raising funds for their cause, including donations of firearms to be raffled to raise funds.
Now they are free to do whatever they would like, just the same I am free to send my funds to groups as I would like. I will say that refusing to talk on a radio show because they are gun related show isn’t probably the brightest thing to do. In the grand scheme it certainly feels like a snub, especially when someone is going out of their way to give them free publicity.
So instead from now on when I would normally give to WWP I will instead send it to Soldiers’ Angels. Honestly this is where I send most of my support anyway. If you would like to continue donating to the WWP, that is your call and I am not knocking their cause or mission. I will say I am offended that they would politicize a stance over a fundamental right and use their mission and purpose as a screen. It appears that I’m not the only one thinking about cutting WWP off from their wallet either.
If the WWP wants to discriminate against gun owners or otherwise snub our overwhelming generosity to those who need it, especially those in uniform, we will find someone else who does want it. It’s what we do.
I will say that Soldiers’ Angels was at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous this year and the fundraising was directed at them. Patti Patton-Bader’s youngest son was there as a representative of the group and had a blast shooting steel and even got him interested in USPSA. We even got him hitting the steel out at 950.
So at least it appears that Soldiers’ Angels has their head on straight and realizes that it doesn’t matter where it comes from, what matters is the mission and the cause. It pains me that I even have to think about it, but they made the choice not me. So, if you’d rather not donate to WWP but still want to support wounded troops, Soldiers’ Angels works, quite well I might add.
You don’t just have to donate money, there are many options from sewing to writing letters to support the troops. Honestly, when you consider it, Soldier’s Angels has the benefit of being much more personal in their approach, especially for the wounded.
I’ve spoken my piece. Wounded Warrior Project will no longer get a cent out of my wallet. Instead I will send that and more to a project fully focused on the mission of providing support to wounded warriors as well as their brother’s in arms.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.