JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) made a $20-million commitment to provide stipend checks for Wounded Warriors if veterans’ benefits checks are not issued on or around Nov. 1, as a result of a continued federal government shutdown.
“Our Wounded Warriors have more than earned the benefits their government promised when they raised their hand to serve, and it is unacceptable to go back on that promise.”
“This generation of Wounded Warriors and their families have already been asked to shoulder an enormous burden and it is deplorable that the continued gridlock and government shutdown has put them in an even more precarious position,” said Steve Nardizzi, Executive Director of WWP. “Our Wounded Warriors have more than earned the benefits their government promised when they raised their hand to serve, and it is unacceptable to go back on that promise.”
WWP will provide every Wounded Warrior they currently support (approximately 40,000) with a $500 check to help pay for necessities if the government does not come to an agreement/resolution and checks are not distributed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This emergency relief is a small way of showing our enduring support and there is no expectation of reimbursement once VA payments resume.
“From our founding, Wounded Warrior Project has committed to serving this generation of Wounded Warriors through advocacy and action. This situation is no different and while calling on the government to immediately come to an agreement, we are also stepping forward with $20 million to provide these warriors some financial relief during this disruption to their benefits,” Nardizzi continued.
“While we understand this action won’t solve all the financial strife caused by the government’s actions, at least we can lessen the impact to warriors and their caregivers in the short-term,” Nardizzi said.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving Wounded Warriors for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.