The CBS News piece had numerous factual errors and misrepresented the good work WWP does. In response to the piece that aired last night and this morning, WWP has developed the following responses to the top questions we have received about these false allegations made in the piece.
60% of funds are spent on programs and services.
- Based on our most recent independently audited financial statements, 80.6 percent of total expenditures went to provide programs and services for wounded service members, their caregivers, and families.
- One of WWP’s board directors and Audit Committee Chair, Richard M. Jones, Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel, and Chief Veteran Officer at CBS Corporation, reviews and approves all of our financial documents and audits.
$26 million has been spent on conferences, conventions, and meetings.
- CBS News incorrectly read our financial documents (IRS Form 990) and falsely reported our meeting expenses.
- 94 percent of the figure CBS News reported as meetings and events was actually expenses for warriors and their families to participate in programmatic events like our mental health programming.
$3 million was spent on an annual employee meeting.
- This is a false statement. Wounded Warrior Project did not spend $3 million on an annual training session. It costs an average of $1,500 per person which covers all expenses including travel and accommodations for four days of staff training.
- During the annual training session, WWP conducts strategic planning and program development to ensure we are operating effectively as an organization. No alcohol is purchased by the organization.
Is the CBS Piece True?
The CBS News piece had numerous factual errors and misrepresented the good work Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) does on behalf of this nation’s injured veterans. We provide programs and services to more than 83,000 wounded veterans and over 15,000 family support members. Wounded Warrior Project works every day to ensure our programs meet the needs of our Alumni.
We just launched our Warrior Care Network™ to help provide world-class mental health care for wounded veterans. Warrior Care Network represents a $100 million investment to ensure warriors struggling with the hidden wounds of war get the help they need. We have already committed $110 million to our Long-Term Support initiatives – the Independence Program and Long-Term Support Trust – two programs that directly help the most seriously injured veterans.
We are continuing to monitor social and traditional media channels to gauge the impact of the story and will provide you with further updates.
As always, your commitment to and support of WWP is sincerely appreciated.
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