Organizations that help wounded warriors are numerous. It would take several days to amass a list of them all. Below are a few that stood out over the last year.
Wounded Warrior Project - The WWP honors and empowers wounded warriors. They have their hand in just about everything. They are part of the Tuff Mudder, they donate items to WWs at the hospital, they cater meals for patients and families, they help vets in crisis, they raise public awareness, etc. 877 TEAM WWP (832-6997) or visit http://woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Yellow Ribbon Fund - The YRF was founded in 2005 and helps injured service members and their families. The following is taken from their facebook page: "Since their founding they have provided the following: over 1,350 free rental cars spanning 55,248 free rental car days; over 18,056 free taxi rides; over 8,905 free hotel room nights; and families have used our four apartments for almost 7,171 nights; and hundreds of free tickets to sporting games, concerts and plays, and hundreds of lunches, dinners, golf games, duck and goose hunts, fishing trips and other activities"...... please... what DON'T they do? 4905 Del Ray Avenue, Suite 500, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Phone: 240-223-1180.
Fisher House Foundation (and Hero Miles) - The Fisher House provides lodging free of charge for military families during illness and rehabilitation. Their Hero Miles program flies families free of charge to their loved ones.
LT Dan Weekend - This is a four day weekend in Beaufort, SC where 100 wounded warriors and caregivers can get away and just relax. There is a bike ride and 5K, and Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band rocks it out! www.LDW2.org
iPads for Soldiers - According to their Facebook page, they have donated over 400 iPads to soldiers, both wounded warriors and deployed military since their inception in 2010. Email: www,ipadsforsoldiers.org/contact. Website: www.ipadsforsoldiers.org
iPods for Wounded Veterans - This organization provides iPods for wounded veterans to help them through their illness and rehabilitation. 4 Heather Drive, Wilmington, MA 01887
Help Our Military Heroes - The HOMH website describes their mission as follows: "Help Our Military Heroes, Inc., (HOMH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the military wounded with fully equipped handicapped vehicles. HOMH is donation-driven with 100% of funding going toward purchasing special-needs vehicles and awarding them to military heroes in need. HOMH recognizes that every case is different and works with each individual in need to modify a vehicle specific to his or her injuries. HOMH was co-founded in 2009 by Laurie and Ted Hollander and Marybeth Vandergrift. Our Executive Board is comprised of Veterans, Educators, Athletes, Lawyers, and Business Executives all who all come together with one goal: to make life better for our wounded soldiers." With missing limbs, fused elbows, etc., our guys cannot drive a regular vehicle, so HOMH works with the federal car grant of about $18,000, and through donations, purchases and modifies the vehicle so it can be operated by a wounded vet. Ride-Away is one company that performs the modifications. http://www.helpourmilitaryheroes.org/
There are other wonderful organizations for our troops, such as Toys for Tots, Adopt a Soldier Platoon, Our Military Kids, etc., but this post is concentrating on those organizations that are really specifically for wounded warriors.