Even with the heat that the Wounded Warrior Project has been taking lately over allegations of misusing donations meant for wounded US service members, the news that its CEO and COO were fired came as a shock to many today.
A fundraising behemoth that many considered the foremost charity for wounded veterans, WWP’s reputation has been sliding for months, as the organization has been wracked by employee defections, allegations of financial mismanagement, its attacks on other veteran charities, and most damning of all, accusations of malfeasance (or at least insensitivity) from the very wounded warriors that the WWP was supposed to be helping.
Questionably, WWP has done a great deal of good for a great many veterans. But the optics of what they are doing is detrimental to themselves as an organization and to veteran charities as a whole. Somewhere along the line, the Wounded Warrior Project lost its way. Maybe this shakeup will get them on the right track.
While the WWP has perhaps come under the most scrutiny recently, it’s certainly not the only veteran-related charity under the microscope, and under the gun. If they’re smart other charities will get their own affairs in order quickly and get focused on what they’re really supposed to be doing with all of that money.