Wounded Warrior Project plans to commit $10 million to help its wounded veterans during the coronavirus pandemic.
The veterans charity and service organization is asking companies and foundations to join the effort by matching that $10 million.
Beginning now, all wounded veterans registered with WWP should hear from the group, which is trying to find the veterans in greatest financial trouble because they've lost their income during the pandemic.
Veterans who can't meet needs for food or shelter can apply for emergency help, according to WWP.
Wounded warriors who qualify will be provided $1,000 per household, WWP announced in a news release Thursday. That money is intended to help with groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage payments and other essential expenses.
WWP hopes the cash, along with its mental and physical health and wellness programs will help the most vulnerable veterans during the crisis.
“These are unprecedented times, and we must do all we can to meet the immediate financial needs of wounded warriors and their families,” retired Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington, WWP CEO, said in a statement. “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.”
Veterans already registered with WWP are asked to only apply for help if they absolutely need it because of hardships caused by the virus. Not all veterans qualify for the help, and once the funds dry up, that's it -- unless matching donations are made, WWP said.
“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.”
Organizations interested in joining WWP to help can contact the organization at WWPCovidRelief@woundedwarriorproject.org.