Leading the Charge
WWP is “governed by a very strong board of directors that believes in accountability and governance,” Melia concludes — and that’s good enough for him.
“Nonprofits are in business to cure social ills, the worst problems in our society. People want to measure us using a star system, which I think is ridiculous,” he says.
“We know that what we’re doing is right. We care deeply about being efficient. We care deeply about outcomes; we care deeply about whether or not this is the most successful, well-adjusted generation of disabled veterans in the history of our country,” he says. “That’s what our big, hairy, audacious goal is — the most successful, well-adjusted generation of disabled veterans in the history of our country.
“We’re not going to know that we’re there for 20 years,” he concludes, “so why sit there and measure ourselves five years into our existence on whether or not we’re doing our job well based on a financial number? Let’s look at the outcomes and see whether or not [wounded vets] are getting better-paying jobs, are committing suicide less, people have fewer mental admissions, people are getting good care in VA hospitals, families are staying together. These are the types of things that we care deeply about.” FS
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Mission: (From www.woundedwarriorproject.org )
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
Purpose: (From www.woundedwarriorproject.org )
● To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women;
● To help severely injured service members aid and assist each other;
● To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
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