The Wounded Warrior Project made $10 million in reserve funds available to injured veterans whose finances have been hurt by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
WWP is reaching out to all its registered warriors to identify those who are in financial distress due to the loss of household income related to the coronavirus pandemic. Those unable to meet their needs for food or shelter can apply for emergency funds. Warriors who qualify will be granted $1,000 per household to help pay for groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, and other essential expenses.
“These are unprecedented times, and we must do all we can to meet the immediate financial needs of wounded warriors and their families,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, WWP CEO. “Due to their injuries and service-connected disabilities, our nation’s wounded and injured veterans are at great risk. Many are coping with a weakened immune system, increased isolation, and financial hardship. We will do all we can to help these warriors and their families through these immensely challenging times and offer opportunities of assistance for companies and foundations to match our commitment of $10 million so we can extend this help to more warriors in need. We cannot do this alone, as the pandemic is greater than any one organization’s ability to meet the vast demand. We call on others to assist so we may help as many warriors and their families in crisis as possible in this difficult time.”
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Secretary Robert Wilkie praised the WWP for the donation.
“Coronavirus is disrupting daily American life, but WWP’s incredible contribution shows the American spirit is alive and stronger than ever,” Wilkie said. “This commitment does more than aid thousands of our warriors when they need it most – it inspires all of us to help our friends and neighbors though this unsettling time.”
WWP is also asking foundations and companies in the private sector to match its commitment, and Wilkie urged any who can to contribute to this noble effort. “These heroes risked everything when their nation called, and now it’s time for everyone to hear their call,” he said. “WWP has my deep thanks and appreciation for this gesture.”
“We know we are not going to be able to give every warrior financial assistance,” Linnington added. “Our goal is to do as much good as we can with the $10 million for those with the greatest need. If we can double the $10 million with the help of corporate partners and foundations, we can extend this aid. Additionally, if we are unable to provide direct financial aid, warriors can and should take advantage of the free Wounded Warrior Project programs focused on improving their mental, physical, and financial health.”