Best Charities for Wounded or Disabled Vets?

by Chuck

Wounded Warriors Participate in NYC Marathon

Wounded Warriors Participate in NYC Marathon

What do you recommend as the best charities to contribute to that help wounded or disabled vets?

We want to help them get the medical attention they need, as well as assistance finding housing and a job that fits their skills.

Please advise.

P.S. We were donating to Wounded Warrior Project, but I don't like the fact that so much is spent on overhead, so we want to change our donations.

Chuck, Thank you for your question.

Obviously, our government should be providing all the medical attention needed by our wounded vets, but, as we all know, the VA system is severely over-burdened and efficiency-challenged.

Below is a list of Military and Veterans Charities that have been graded by CharityWatch (the American Institute of Philanthropy) as C- or better, listed according to the type of services they provide:

Adaptive Sports:

Bob Woodruff Family Foundation


Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Bereavement Services:

Fisher House Foundation, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)

Brain Injury and PTSD:

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Bob Woodruff Family Foundation

Connections with Other Vets:

Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America); WWP (rated C)

Emergency Funds:

Operation Homefront, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Job Placement:

USO (United Service Organizations)

Family Support:

Fisher House Foundation, Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, National Military Family Association, USO

Home Ownership & Adaptive Housing:

Operation Homefront, Habitat for Humanity

Increasing Access to Physical Care (e.g., transportation services):

Operation Homefront

Mental Health Research:

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Support for Severely Wounded and/or their caregivers:

Fisher House Foundation, Operation Homefront, WWP

We also recommend the following organizations, which are rated B+ or better by AIP:

Armed Services YMCA of the USA
Fisher House Foundation
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
Homes for Our Troops
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
National Military Family Association
Operation Homefront

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Mar 16, 2016
Great Question; Great Response
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for this question and for the detailed response.

I was also wanting a list like this for planned donation. Thank you!

You're very welcome. I'm glad you found it helpful.

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