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Phoenix Patriot Foundation – Everything the Wounded Warrior Project Isn’t

As you may have recall I wrote an article at the end of last year exposing the Wounded Warrior Project for the minuscule amount of donations that actually go to programs meant to help veterans.  I also highlighted a number of veterans who felt like props and fundraising tools rather than actually getting help.

Plus there’s the fact that the Wounded Warrior Project is against the 2nd Amendment.

You can read all about it here: Stop Donating to the Wounded Warrior Project – They’re a Fraud

Among the hundreds of comments from other veterans who agreed with the article and shared their own stories of being pawns in the WWP’s end game of making money, a number of people asked “what is an alternative organization I can give to in order to help vets?”

A reader emailed me directly and told me to look into the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.   I looked into it and I REALLY liked what I found.  And Phoenix isn’t in reference to the city (they’re based out of San Diego) but rather the legendary bird that rises from the ashes to live again.  Ex Cinere Surgemus – Out of Ashes We will Rise.  Poetically accurate.

First off, this is an organization for vets run by vets.  That in itself lends a certain amount of understanding and intimate knowledge of what the people they are helping are going through.

The creator of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation is Jared Ogden, graduate of the US Naval Academy and SEAL officer.

During his second deployment to Afghanistan as a SEAL Officer, Jared’s teammate and friend was severely injured by an IED resulting in the amputation of both his legs and severe internal injuries. Returning from Afghanistan in the spring of 2010, Jared founded the Phoenix Patriot Foundation to give back to patriots who have been injured in combat and help them continue their service through non-military capacities reintegrating to civilian life.

Nearly every person associated with the foundation is a veteran with multiple deployments into hostile countries.  I’m not saying that a civilian is unable to help veterans, but they will not have the same relatable experiences and know the challenges first hand as someone who has felt the heat.

For instance, one of the first initiatives that the PPF does is set up unit reunions for wounded vets.

Upon injury, the wounded veteran heads straight to a military facility to begin treatment and rehabilitation and may stay there for months to years. The remaining unit is still in combat overseas, and upon the end of their deployment, they return straight back to their duty station. These reunions will bring the wounded and their units together again, and will be customized to the interests of the injured patriot. In addition to promoting psychological and emotional well-being, these programs will also reinforce community, facilitate recovery, and welcome reintegration.

If you were never in the military then you wouldn’t know how such a simple thing as seeing your unit again could bring such immense benefits.   A wounded veteran is ripped from his unit, men and women he has fought beside and faced death with, for years in some cases.  To be pulled away from them and to be isolated in that way has a psychological toll.  To see them again is a balm that can soothe the wounds that cannot be seen.

Of course…there’s also jet skiing! (Jared Ogden is the guy with the beard)

Be it helping vets reacclimate to civilian life, helping in their recovery, covering their moving expenses, bridging financial gaps, helping them find work or whatever they may need, the Phoenix Patriot Foundation is there.  Unlike examples of the Wounded Warrior Project with their fly by model of helping then leaving, the PPF tailors what they do for every individual vets needs and to accomplish the vets short term and long term goals.

Now you may be thinking, “the ADMINISTRATIVE costs must be ASTRONOMICAL and a large chunk of my donation must go to cover that.”


That’s 8 thousand.

The nearly $200,000 that was donated to the Phoenix Patriot Foundation in 2013, $8,000 went to cover the administrative costs.  That means 96 PERCENT of every dollar you give to the Phoenix Patriot Foundation will go directly to help wounded veterans.

You see, unlike money makers like the Wounded Warrior Project who pay their CEO and Board members collectively MILLIONS of dollars, the people who do the work for PPF basically volunteer their time.  That’s THEIR donation.  In stark contrast to the WWP, no one is getting rich by exploiting veterans at the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.

For veterans BY veterans.

Plus Gary Sinise likes them and I am a fan of his service to the troops.  The PPF is helping in a project led by the Gary Sinise Foundation in order to give Sgt. Franz Walkup a new home after Walkup was shot 5 times by Afghan Army troops after they turned on US Forces.

And considering that the PPF was created by veterans and run by veterans they have a belief in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (unlike the aforementioned Wounded Warrior Project).

I’m not saying that lightly.  Dana Loesch does not play around with people who have disdain in their hearts for her right to keep and bear arms

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And lets not overlook Bulletsfirst favorite, Olympic Shooter Amanda Furrer and Ultimate Survival Alaska Alum Grady Powell

powell furrer ogden


Then of course there is Sarah Palin…I think I read somewhere that she was pro gun :o)

ogden palin


I guess the fact that these pictures were taken at SHOT in Las Vegas might be telling as to where Jared stands on the 2nd Amendment.

So yeah.

With administrative costs basically fixed at around $8000 since nearly everyone is donating their time and energy for the cause, the more money donated to the Phoenix Patriot Foundation means the higher the percentage with go to help vets directly.  It’s at 96% now.  96 cents of every dollar you donate will go to help vets…really help them.

The PPF loves the 2nd Amendment.  Being made up mostly of veterans, the PPF has a special understanding of the rights and liberties that we have here.  They did fight and bleed and knew others who died to ensure those rights after all.

I’m more than confident in saying that the Phoenix Patriot Foundation gets the Bullets First seal of approval as being a charity worth giving to.  You help the veterans who need it, with nearly all the money you donate going to that end and the PPF won’t stab you in the back with some anti gun agenda.

It’s everything the Wounded Warrior Project isn’t.

Can’t ask much more than that.

Here’s some veterans talking about the help that PPF gave them at a charity golf fundraiser that the PPF partnered with in order to raise more funds to help vets.

If the spirit moves you and you are looking to donate to a charity focused on helping veterans I urge you take a look at the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry that you did.

If anyone else has a charity that they think is worthwhile and deserves some coverage, let me know and I’ll look into it.


  • Hop

    Thanks for this info, BF.

    • Bullets First

      No worries Hop. I just wanted to make sure that people understood that even though the Wounded Warrior Project is a legally run scam, that there are organizations out there that truly care and will spend nearly ALL the money you give them to helping vets.

  • ron44

    thanks for the info..i had a little heat thrown my way when i started asking questions about wounded warrior but i’m tough so it was no problem,..passed this on to fb and to twitter also..look for good results on this..i have chatted with a few others who view WW as not who they say they are..

    • Bullets First

      Don’t I know it Ron. Anyone who asks anything about the WWP gets a team of character assassins sent after them. The trouble is, when you look at the numbers and hear real vets speak out against them, you realize that they are so vehement to keep people silent because there is much that they don’t want seeing the light of day. Thanks for spreading the word.

  • Leo 6

    I am concerned about the information regarding WWP. Is there a disinterested third party that can sustain the allegations about WWP? Also, if the motivation to the allegations is a red herring, gun rights, than shame on the person making them; for pulling the rug out from under the program to further their own agenda.

    I just want the truth knowing that the donations I made didn’t line the pockets of some pseudo do-gooder.

    I am a retired soldier, disabled vet, self proclaimed gun nut.

    • Bullets First

      If you click on the red link after the first paragraph of this article, you will be taken to the previous story concerning the WWP. There is both anecdotal and empirical evidence to back up my misgivings about the WWP. Also, if you look through the comments after the article, dozens of vets voice their own experiences and disappointments with the WWP.

  • lindajoyadams

    The first thing to check out is who is running things for any organization or even any government agency or program. Very little is govt run anymore. Its just taxpayer financed with no overe sight allowed and nor even under criminal over site. They were implicated in the jck abamoff birbery scandal where the inveisitgiations at SSA, HHS Dept of abor nd hwo knows how muany other ageincies has never been colpleted. Often when you call of got pone mumber, you are talking to Acs et al and they are not allowed to say who they are.. which is illegal still…
    Who is collecting the money for Wounded Warriers? It was not secret that for Wounded Warriers was AFFILIATED COMPUTER SERVICES part of the international cabal that has nearly completed an 30 year step by step process to overthrow this govt with now being over a 100 corporations getting govt contracts under various names. They are the student loan program for that agency as well as the traffic cam company ones local city council has contracted with. Your own doctor may have had to be managed by them and not even realize they are also the one they signed up with to accept Medicre also as the papers Say CMS but non n the govt have much to do with it. so they do not even know who they are. And then have to hire their billing service to bill the health plans they have control of too. Last year they formed another company and are fast gaining control of all workers comp in the USA and as a federal injured worker with an established case a big sum fo money for our medical care went missing and we got dumped onto Medicare to pay our bills. They have had total control since 2002 CEO Lynn Blodgett is in defiance of 17 federal judges in multiple agencies remand orders I have gotten and he has many DEATH PANELS SET UP AS will not input an oxygen claims because they would be paid as they were before all this time as he has given orders re me to :let her die” IT IS THAT BAD AND IF THIS CONGRESS DOES NOT STEP UP AND REGIAN POWER INTO THE FORMAL AND CONSITTUITONAL SEAT OF POWER, WE MAY NOT EXIST BY 2016. I do not know this program here. But know nothing wrong with it I can see. But the cabal in control of Wounded Warriors has much you can access about it and its not good. They have control over at SSA now and its horrific what is going on. I still do not know how many VA contracts they hold. I am not a Vet so have no direct way to find out as one can as to whom they are really dealing with . Many states are begging the SEC to investigate and get them out of running the Medicaid programs. How can one be both the govt and a non profit t the same time? Trust busting and conflicts of interests laws are ignored.
    I got online on my own sites in 12/08 and began sharing what I knew and shared and now others are finding out. THIS NATION IS BEING ROBBED OF OURPUBOIC MONIES AND CONGRESS WILL NOT EVEN MENTION THEM. how many other charities have been convinced to hire them to take care of the money? So my beef is who has been given control and why they wil not get my money as they already have my money in a fund to pay for medical care and its? No one allowed to find out in the government who is to know. Congress needs to investigate the whole mess and stop covering up what past congresses have allowed to occur. just do an online search of ACS and you will be shocked! Gov Perry has sued them and they turned on him flexing the powers they hold inside TX> Linda Joy Adams

  • lindajoyadams

    Sorry for the typos/ I tried to get back in to edit and had some problems. Linda Joy Adams

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  • Old but not Deaf

    If anyone is interested, another good organization is the “DAV” or “Disabled American Veterans”. They have been working for Vets for years.

  • Proud_to_be_American

    It’s not just guns they hate. A major knife maker sent them some samples, which they return saying they don’t want to be associated with ANY weapons maker.

  • teaman

    An old retired VET here, and let me give you some advice! I don’t give to any of these money grubbing outfits for I learned years ago not to trust any of them! If you truly want to help a VET with financial assistance, find you an actual VET that needs proven help and put the money directly in their hand! There is ‘no go be tweens’ or overhead and for damn sure, 100% of your donation goes to the cause! Fact is, it is a lot easier to find a truly needy VET, on your own, than it is to find a truly honest VET program! One of the things I do for the VETs I help, is to find out what they need and go shop for it myself! The personal touch is 200% better than some damn money grubbing VET.orgs!!!
    I don’t give to WWP, but didn’t they recently win a liable suit against this slander! Don’t really care, but thought I did read that somewhere!

    • Bullets First

      WWP did file a defamation lawsuit against another charity, Help Indiana Vets and their founder, Dean Graham, a disabled vet himself. They basically bled Graham and his all volunteer organization into submission with legal costs and their million dollar legal team.

      You can read about that here:

      In both this article and the main one calling WWP into question (the first hyperlink) every statement is either empirical, backed up with financial data and corroborated by independent third parties like or is anecdotal by the vets who have felt abused by WWP, both those I listed in my articles or those in the comment section who have agreed and shared their own stories.

      And it is just an established fact (easily verified in archived publications) that WWP refused money from Christian school children and refused to have any association with firearms.

  • brownbill

    Take a look at Fisher House. It utilizes about 95% of its funds for projects and it’s listed with Charity Navigator.

  • jimpeel

    I trust Charity Navigator to guide me.

    Here is their analysis of WWP:

    The Phoenix Patriot Foundation is an unrated charity. Here is their info from Charity Navigator:

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