Know where your donations for veterans go
Editor, the Advocate:
This week, I saw a letter that was circulated into Victoria by the Wounded Warriors organization. They are calling it the Victoria Wounded Warriors Project. I called to find out if there is an office here or some project being done here in Victoria, and there is no project here. Wounded Warriors is fundraising in this area.
Wounded Warriors is a good group - a national group. But folks, Warrior's Weekend is a local nonprofit that began in 2007 here in Victoria - before the Wounded Warriors organization was even formed. We do great work for veterans, and we do it right here in South Texas, specifically, in the Victoria area. We have no paid employees. All we do is done through the work of volunteers. We bring heroes in from across the nation. We treat them to a free three-day fishing vacation here in Port O'Connor and give a helping hand to individual heroes who need help throughout the year.
With such a low overhead, it is wonderful how Warrior's Weekend can really give a majority of the money we collect to the injured veterans.
Also, Warrior's Weekend is the largest event of its kind in the nation. Last year, we hosted 717 wounded heroes plus caretakers to the three-day fishing vacation. Our next event is May 16-18.
I hope that when you donate, you will donate to Warrior's Weekend, your very own homegrown in Victoria nonprofit.
Warrior's Weekend does a lot of good with your donations. The money really does go directly to the wounded heroes.
Barbara Breazeale, warriorsweekend.org, Victoria