The Wounded Warrior Project announced today that it will be donating $10 million to veterans experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The nonprofit has already begun reaching out to its more than 100,000 members to identify who might be in financial distress. Members of the Wounded Warrior Project will be able to apply for $1,000 grants intended to be used for groceries, utilities, or housing costs. The money will be distributed amongst veterans in the most need until the fund runs out.
“These are unprecedented times, and we must do all we can to meet the immediate financial needs of wounded warriors and their families,” said retired Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington, the CEO of the organization.
Wounded Warrior Project is urging other corporations and foundations to match their $10 million pledge in order to ensure as many veterans receive assistance as possible.
“We cannot do this alone, as the pandemic is greater than any one organization’s ability to meet the vast demand,” Linnington said. “We call on others to assist so we may help as many warriors and their families in crisis as possible in this difficult time.”
“We know we are not going to be able to give every warrior financial assistance,” Linnington said. “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.”