I’m sure you’re quite accustomed to seeing television adverts for the Wounded Warrior Project. Those solicitations really bother me and I think they should bother you as well.
Before I tell you why, let me first say that I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the men and women who serve in our armed forces. I completely agree that our service personnel should have access to the medical and social services they require when they return from active duty; some with life-altering injuries. The Wounded Warrior Project has a noble mission, as described by their website:
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) provides free programs and services to address the needs of wounded warriors and fill gaps in government care. The demand for our programs and services has grown from serving a handful of injured veterans to now serving tens of thousands, and we continue to receive hundreds of new registrations from injured veterans, their families, and caregivers each month.
Wounded Warrior Project mission — woundedwarriorproject.org
My problem with the Wounded Warrior Project is simply this: I find it insulting that there is a need for such a service. Why are we, as a nation, not providing these essential services to our veterans? Why do these gaps exist in the government care programs available to our service men and women?
The Wounded Warrior Project should remind us that we as a nation have an obligation to our enlisted personnel.
I think the Wounded Warrior Project should remind us all that we have failed these people, our sons and daughters, who go to war for reasons they probably don’t fully understand. Taking an oath of service is not synonymous with having a degree in geopolitics.
Military service has an inherent nobility but it also has a profound practicality. How can you explain to a twenty year old who enlisted primarily to pay for college that his nation will not provide for his care, when he returns from war as a double amputee? That is unacceptable.
By now you’ve figured out that I have no problem WWC per-se, but rather I am saddened by the void that it seeks to fill. If you’re the kind of person who can afford to support a pet charity, I can think of worse organizations that also solicit for donations on cable television.