Public, Society Benefit

Combat Wounded Coalition

  • Chesapeake, VA
  • www.combatwoundedcoalition.org

Mission Statement

The Combat Wounded Coalition's (CWC's) mission is "inspire wounded warriors to overcome".
CWC (formerly known as Wounded Wear) assists combat wounded warriors rediscover the Hero Within through four program pillars - Pride – Power – Purpose and Peace. CWC provides free Wounded Wear clothing and clothing modifications to combat wounded warriors as part of our Pride program as well as raising national awareness of the sacrifice that built our nation. The Power Pillar is built around demonstrating to our warriors there are no boundaries by pushing them outside their comfort zones, where personal growth occurs. One of our signature events for this is Jumping for a Purpose where we take our warriors and care givers skydiving, which encourages them to understand that life did not end despite loss or injury and the only limitations we have in this life are the ones we place on ourselves. Jumping for a Purpose teaches them they can once again live greatly and overcome any and all adversity. Not all warriors are looking to be empowered by jumping from a perfectly good airplane so as part of our Power program, we are always looking for other vetted partner organizations to get our warriors back out, living greatly and overcoming the physical and invisible wounds of war.
Our last two pillars are built to help our combat wounded warriors discover Purpose in their new lives, and ultimately, find Peace. CWC believes the greatest gift we can give our warriors coming home is to help them find their new Purpose after military service and the impact of war. CWC has developed two proprietary databases, one for warriors and one for partners that will enable us to match warrior needs with partner services. We will accomplish this through our initial warrior database questionnaire as program recipients identify needs under our Four Pillar Pipeline. Whether it is, outdoor empowering activities, housing support, education support, or employment support, CWC will help make connections through our intake database, to vetted and proven For-Profit and Non-Profit organizations who can help fulfill these needs. Our last Pillar is to help our warriors find Peace from the invisible wounds of war by identifying individuals looking for mental health support and connect them to key national organizations that are providing ground breaking, non-pharmacological treatments to help them fight against Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. The Combat Wounded Coalition will then continue to maintain that connection into the future to ensure our combat wounded warriors have attained and are maintaining the purpose and peace every warrior deserves.

Main Programs

  1. Pride Program
  2. Power Program
  3. Purpose Program
  4. Peace Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Combat Wounded Coalition (CWC) serves combat wounded warriors, regardless of conflict, and families of the fallen by providing free clothing and clothing modifications and events to empower and inspire those we serve and the communities they live in. Additionally, CWC connects combat wounded warriors to other non-profit and for-profit organizations seeking to serve wounded warriors and tracks wounded warriors in our database to ensure needs are met. CWC provides services to all combat wounded warriors across the United States.

ruling year

2010

Founder/ Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Jason "Jay" Redman

Keywords

Self-reported

Wounded Wear, Wounded Warriors, clothing, clothing modifcations, wounded warrior empowerment

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2013.
Register now

Also Known As

Combat Wounded Coalition

EIN

27-0426467

 Number

8567440211

Physical Address

1220 Executive Blvd Suite 109

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

2014 was and amazing year for Wounded Wear. We continued to make an impact in the lives of our wounded warriors and families of the fallen. In 2014, we conducted four major events. Our signature "Toast to the Heroes" formal gala event, two "Jumping for a Purpose" events, and our "Hold Em for Heroes" motorcycle ride. The demand for our clothing kits continued to grow, and through direct requests we averaged sending out 50 clothing kits a month to our combat wounded warriors. In 2013, due to the devastating levels of suicide among our service members (averaging 22 a day) , Wounded Wear opened some of our programs to families who have lost a military member to suicide. This is a direct reflection on our founders' belief in the growing national issue of the invisible wounds of war.
Based on the results of a 2013 survey to better understand how our current mission was impacting warriors and family members, we concluded that an expansion of mission was required to better support warriors and families of the fallen. This led to our four pillar support model. Our mission now encompasses providing Pride-Power-Purpose-Peace to warriors and families of the fallen. This addition support began in 2015 and led to the strategic decision to change the name of the organization to the Combat Wounded Coalition, home of Wounded Wear. It was felt that rebranding as the Combat Wounded Coalition would better encompass and represent the full level of support that we are now providing to combat wounded warriors and families of the fallen. Wounded Wear will still remain associated with the clothing kits that we provide to the warriors and the patriotic retail clothing that we sell to generate revenue for the organization, but the Combat Wounded Coalition will now be considered the "home" of Wounded Wear.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Pride Program

Wounded Wear’s first program pillar is our first introduction to our combat Wounded Warriors. It is executed with the delivery of a complimentary Wounded Wear clothing package comprised of $400 of unique clothing with slogans such as “Scarred so that Others May Live Free” that are only given to our combat wounded Purple Hear recipients. Additionally, included in the clothing package is literature and books to aid our combat wounded on their road to recovery. This package is our first step in reigniting that pride felt while wearing the uniform, and sometimes is temporarily lost during the tough roads of recovery following severe injury. With the application and approval of our Wounded Wear clothing kit. Wounded Wear uses the completed questionnaire to begin the warrior down our Four Pillar Care Pipeline. Program Managers will assess information submitted through Wounded Wear’s secure database ( Wounded Wear utilizes Amazon Web Service (AWS)- AWS is the largest cloud provider in the world, hosting government, gaming, online marketplaces and other industries.) and begin our process of connecting warriors to our three other program pillars – Power through empowering events, Purpose through connections to For-profit and Non-profit organizations that can assist with housing, employment, and education opportunities, and Peace – working with proven partner organizations to address the invisible wounds of war through non-pharmacological processes. Along with the initial clothing package and through our database questionnaire, Wounded Wear identifies individuals looking for free custom clothing modifications, modifying any existing clothing or military uniforms for better quality of living and ease of use. Wounded Wear utilizes highly skilled tailors that blend any clothing modifications in to the existing clothing so not to draw any unwanted attention due to the actual modifications.
Additionally Wounded Wear instills Pride in our combat wounded warriors by raising the national awareness of the sacrifice our warriors have made for their fellow citizens and the need for all Americans, individuals and businesses to recognize that sacrifice and look for ways to support it for the long term.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Power Program

Power – Wounded Wear seeks to demonstrate there are no boundaries by pushing warriors outside their comfort zones, where personal growth occurs.

Wounded Wear’s second program pillar, Power, is to take our combat wounded warriors and get them back out into society and past their wounds or loss. We do this through social events such as our signature black tie event, Toast to the Heroes, where we bring our heroes and their immediate family members in for a weekend to meet, mingle, and fellowship with other wounded warriors, patriotic Americans, fellow service members, and business leaders. Our signature Power event is Jumping for a Purpose where we take combat wounded warriors, caregivers, and families of the fallen and we throw them out of perfectly good airplanes. Before every skydive, our founder, severely wounded Navy SEAL, Jason Redman talks to them about living greatly and overcoming adversity. He encourages them to understand that life did not end despite loss or injury and the only limitations we have in this life are the ones we place on ourselves. Jumping for a Purpose is a huge festival atmosphere where bands play, vendors support, and families gather to watch and cheer on our heroes. It is amazing to behold the long term impact Jumping for a Purpose has on severely wounded warriors and families of the fallen. Wounded Wear is currently conducting two Jumping for a Purpose events annually in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia but is beginning to look for additional locations across the country to host this amazing event. In addition to Wounded Wear’s two Power events, Wounded Wear is partnering with proven Non-Profit organizations who specialize in additional activities that push our warriors outside their comfort zones and onto positive personal growth. Whether it is mountain climbing, scuba diving, hiking, or fishing, Wounded Wear wants to help our warriors find that activity that will once again help them find their Hero Within.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 3

Purpose Program

Purpose - Connect warriors to opportunities that provide tools needed to succeed in life in areas that interest them.

Wounded Wear’s third program pillar is to take our combat wounded warriors and help them find their new purpose. Every combat wounded warrior was part of a military unit focused on accomplishing a specific mission or task that contributed to the overall success of the military. There was tremendous pride and power to be a part of a unit with a specific purpose and suddenly a split second from an IED blast, gunshot, or traumatic event, that individual is torn from their unit and wakes up in a bed faced with the overwhelming task of overcoming their injuries. Often times this task is even more daunting as they face the prospect of having to leave the military and join the civilian work force. Wounded Wear believes the greatest gift we can give our warriors coming home is to help them find their new Purpose after military service and the impact of war. We will accomplish this through our initial database questionnaire as program recipients identify needs under our Purpose Pillar. Whether it is housing support, education support, or employment support, Wounded Wear will help make connections to vetted proven For-Profit and Non-Profit organizations who can help fulfill these needs. This is where Wounded Wear separates itself from many other organizations. Any organization Wounded Wear partners with will have gone through an internal vetting process to ensure they are providing the services they advertise. If it is a Non-Profit organization, they will be vetted as a certified 501c3, financial transparency through Guidestar or Charity Navigator and then have a Memorandum of Agreement on file with Wounded Wear so we clearly understand their requirements for service, exactly who they serve, and how many warriors they can support in a given time frame. Wounded Wear takes this information and only links warriors to those organizations that are a perfect fit, ensuring needs are met, and reducing frustration with our warriors as they seek to excel and succeed. For-Profit organizations are vetted through meetings, proven results, and a Memorandum of Agreement on file with Wounded Wear so we clearly understand their requirements for service, exactly who they serve, and how many warriors they can support in a given time frame. In addition to these connections, Wounded Wear can provide financial assistance to support our organizational partners and the warriors they are supporting.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Peace Program

Peace – Connect warriors to services that can assist in healing the mind.

Wounded Wear’s fourth program pillar is to take our combat wounded warriors and help them find peace from the impact of war. Wounded Wear fully recognizes some of the most devastating injuries from war, often are those that are unseen. Currently we are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide. This is a national epidemic and Wounded Wear is committed to reduce this rate by finding solutions through proven organizations. We also recognize our warriors cannot achieve purpose and success until they find peace from the impact of war and heal the mind. Through our database questionnaire, Wounded Wear will identify individuals looking for mental health support and connect them to key national organizations that are providing ground breaking non-pharmacological treatments to help combat wounded warriors fight against Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress.

Wounded Wear’s last component of our Peace Pillar is to track our warriors through our service pipeline for a minimum of five years, ensuring all four of our program needs are fully met over that five year period through periodic follow ups. In the event a Pipeline warrior identifies additional or new needs during a follow up, we will look for new connections and ensure they are met. If a warrior reaches a point at the end of their five year period and feel they have achieved Pride, Power, Purpose, and Peace, Wounded Wear will invite them to work as a warrior mentor, assisting our other pipeline warriors through experience and success. We strive through this process to help as many combat wounded warriors as possible find their Hero Within through Pride, Power, Purpose, and Peace.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear will provide the oversight, management and accountability of our combat-wounded warriors as they pass through the Four Pillar Pipeline. We will provide a Common Survey to our Pipeline Warriors, before and after experiencing benefits and services provided by the Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear and our strategic partners. The Common Survey captures program effectiveness to assure objectives are met, resources are optimally employed, and the partner organizations that we direct warriors to are providing the care and support that they have committed to and that their mission objectives state.

    The Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear is committed to help combat-wounded warriors re-instill the Pride they once had, attain Power they need to move forward in their lives, discover Purpose in their new lives, and ultimately, find Peace with themselves, their families and with society.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear will maintain a secure database of its customers' information. A customer initially expresses interest in our services via: in-person, phone, email, postal mail, via internet as they request a Wounded Wear clothing kit - www.combatwoundedcoalition.org, or through social media. The customer is directed to fill the form on the website, so their information is automatically populated into a proprietary database.

    A program manager will oversee all new combat-wounded warrior introductions and review the initial needs assessment with each warrior. The program manager will then assist in directing each warrior to partner organizations that can assist the warrior with their individual needs and requirements, tailoring a service plan that will assist the warrior through all the pillars of support, PRIDE, POWER, PURPOSE and PEACE. The program manager will then monitor and oversee these warriors as they go through the care pipeline.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Combat Wounded Coalition's/Wounded Wear's mission is to optimize the potential of combat-wounded warriors by mitigating the effects of trauma, expanding personal capabilities, and inspiring our Heroes to find individual, unique purpose to create the life they want (PRIDE). This capability is accomplished by providing free fashionable clothing and clothing modifications. Additional Mission capabilities are achieved through programs and opportunities that improve confidence, (POWER) provide networking and direction, (PURPOSE) and offer balance and tranquility (PEACE). We partner with other non-profit and for profit organizations that are credible and have a proven record of offering successful resources, programs and proven strategies for for assisting warriors in finding Purpose and Peace within their lives, with their families and with society.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators gauge the effectiveness of operations within the Combat Wounded Coalition's/Wounded Wear's mission and assure the overall mission is met with emphasis on long-term, secondary and tertiary effects. This is the organization's foundation strategy and internal accountability process. The Combat Wounded Coalition's/Wounded Wear's Effects-Based Operations (EBO) is what separates the organization from other Wounded Veterans organizations. It is salient to capture, document and be able to articulate the Combat Wounded Coalition's/Wounded Wear's effectiveness and value as the organization grows. This is accomplished through surveys strategically given to the Warriors and Gold Star member (family members of fallen service members) as they enter the Warrior care Pipeline, at the beginning, upon completion of services offered or referred to, and upon completion of the warrior care pipeline.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    This process will be re-evaluated periodically to assure it is current and effective. MOE will answer the “so-what?" question that follows each facet of the Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear's mission, and follows the Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear's strategic plan to capture metrics, testimonials, etc. necessary to support the answers. Effects based Operations (EBO) provides methodology to assure the organization achieves its objectives, with the understanding that focusing on short-term or secondary objectives has consequences on mission and primary objectives. EBO planning will be designed to maximize impact and minimize risk while maximizing reward and maintaining relevance, applicability, and adaptability towards reality.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Combat Wounded Coalition (CWC) serves combat wounded warriors, regardless of conflict, and families of the fallen by providing free clothing and clothing modifications and events to empower and inspire those we serve and the communities they live in. Additionally, CWC connects combat wounded warriors to other non-profit and for-profit organizations seeking to serve wounded warriors and tracks wounded warriors in our database to ensure needs are met. CWC provides services to all combat wounded warriors across the United States.

Social Media

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

WOUNDED WEAR INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

Sign In or Create Account to view Revenue and Expenses information

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2013
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Combat Wounded Coalition

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2013
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Founder/ Executive Director

Mr. Jason "Jay" Redman

BIO

Jason "Jay" Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent 11 years as an enlisted SEAL. Jason headed to Old Dominion University in August of 2001, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. He completed his time with the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC as Student Battalion Commanding Officer before he was commissioned in May of 2004 as a Naval SEAL Officer. In May of 2006, he graduated from the grueling US Army Ranger School and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq the following year. In September of 2007 while acting as Assault Force Commander to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, LT Redman's Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight, stuck twice in the left arm and once in the face. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, LT Redman hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became a statement for wounded warriors everywhere. This sign gained national recognition and now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the Bethesda Medical Center. After 37 surgeries, Jason uses his positive attitude to motivate others and to continue to raise awareness of the sacrifices of America's military forces and their families. This drive led him to create Wounded Wear which evolved into the Combat Wounded Coalition, a Non-Profit organization designed to inspire wounded warriors, their families, and families of the fallen overcome the adversities in their lives. In Jason's spare time he is a motivational and inspirational speaker and speaks across the country spreading his message of life, leadership, inspiration, and shedding light on the sacrifices that enable the Freedoms of our country. He has spoken to many great organizations including the Marriott Corporation, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, and even giving a speech to the US Men's 2010 Olympic Hockey team prior to their first game. He was recognized in November of 2009 by his alma mater Old Dominion University with their prestigious Alumni Service Award and was a 2010 recipient of the Hope and Courage award.

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder/ Executive Director

"The Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear is dedicated to inspiring wounded warriors to overcome. The Combat Wounded Coalition (CWC) promotes awareness and empowers wounded warriors through multiple major and supporting events throughout the country. CWC events are designed to provide opportunities for citizens, local, and national businesses an occasion to support, meet, and understand the sacrifice wounded warriors, their families, and the families of fallen service members endure for Freedom. Major annual events CWC conducts are Toast to the Heroes, a formal Gala and silent auction fundraiser, Jumping for a Purpose, an empowerment event taking wounded warriors skydiving, Hold Em for Heroes, a Motorcycle Poker Run and a Live Auction. CWC provides Pride clothing kits and clothing and uniform modifications to wounded warriors free of charge. Lastly, Wounded Wear, the clothing aspect of the organization, has created a fashionable and patriotic clothing line for all Americans to show their support of our warrior's sacrifice; clothing for Patriots. CWC has provided over $1.2M in clothing and events for Wounded Warriors since 2010. CWC is working to accomplish its final strategic goal, connecting wounded warriors and families of the fallen to opportunities so that they can accomplish their American Dream, whatever that dream may be."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul Ekoniak

Anthem Health Care

Term: June 2016 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization

Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?