I just had a look at the tax return for the Wounded Warrior Project and it immediately raised some questions in my own mind, especially in regards to the conclusion from the BBB that these folks spent only 4% on administrative salaries.
Take a look for yourself: LINK
I have forwarded this return to my own CPA for his opinion.
We’ll be following this story and let you know what we fiund out.
We have absolutely no doubt that the WWP has done and continues to do many, many wonderful things for America’s wounded warriors that no governmental agency has done or can do for them.
HOWEVER, this lawsuit may simply be a thinly veiled attempt to shut up a critic of the WWP.
BUT, convoluting this case is the fact that the veteran criticizing WWP also runs his own veteran “charity” and is being accused of “unfair competition” in addition to false advertising, criminal deception, and defamation.
The INDY STAR reports:
The complaint, entered on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, was filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday after Acton resident Dean Graham lambasted the group on an Internet website for his own nonprofit, Help Indiana Vets Inc.
The Better Business Bureau reports that in 2011 the WWP spend 83% of money collected on projects directly benefiting veterans and 4% on administrative salaries. Those figures don’t appear to support Graham’s claims.
Still, I’m highly suspicious of lawsuits that even hint at suppressing criticism, especially those directed at veterans. WWP may win their lawsuit but I suspect in the end they will lose a lot more than money.
I too have a low opinion of the organizational philosophy of the WWP. Am I, and others like me, next on their list of litigants?
One Old Veteran