Public, Society Benefit

Combat Wounded Coalition

Live Greatly and Overcome All

aka Wounded Wear, Inc.   |   Chesapeake, VA   |  www.combatwoundedcoalition.org

Mission

The Combat Wounded Coalition's (CWC's) mission is to "Inspire wounded warriors to overcome" through four program pillars - Pride – Power – Purpose and Peace.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder/ Executive Director

Mr. Jason "Jay" Redman

Main address

1220 Executive BLVD Suite 109

Chesapeake, VA 23320 USA

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Formerly known as

Wounded Wear Inc

EIN

27-0426467

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our nation's combat wounded warriors often have a difficult time assimilating back into society because they feel that society does not understand or cannot relate to what they have faced on the battle field. Many warriors become frustrated with their lives because their "life plans" have often times been changed in a blink of an eye due to the injuries they received on the battle field. Combat Wounded Coalition reinstills a sense of Pride in warriors; Power back in their lives through challenging/exciting activities; Purpose back in their lives by connecting them to new careers, skills, school, housing, and hobbies; Peace back in their lives by connecting them to organizations that assist with treating the unseen scars of combat. Counseling services and Non-pharmacological solutions to Post traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries, so warriors can find Peace with themselves, their families and with society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Pride Program

Pride Pillar-Combat Wounded Coalition's first program pillar is our first introduction to our nation’s combat wounded warriors. It is executed with the delivery of a complimentary Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear clothing package comprised of $360 of unique clothing with slogans such as “Scarred so that Others May Live Free” that are only given to our combat wounded, Purple Heart recipients. Additionally, included in the clothing package is literature and books to aid and inspire our combat wounded on their road to recovery. This package is our first step in reigniting the pride they felt while wearing the uniform, and sometimes temporarily lost during the tough roads of recovery following severe injury. With the warrior’s application Combat Wounded Coalition uses the completed questionnaire to begin taking the warrior down our Four Pillar Care Pipeline. Program Managers assess information submitted through Combat Wounded Coalition's secure database and begin our process of connecting warriors to our three other program support pillars, Power, Purpose and Peace. Along with the initial clothing package and through our database questionnaire, Combat Wounded Coalition identifies and provides free, custom clothing modifications to accommodate prosthetic and medical devices, modifying any existing clothing or military uniforms for better quality of living and ease of use. Combat Wounded Coalition utilizes highly skilled tailors that blend any clothing modifications into the existing clothing so not to draw any unwanted attention due to the actual modifications. Additionally, Combat Wounded Coalition instills Pride in our combat wounded warriors by raising the national awareness of their sacrifice for their fellow citizens.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$75,000

Power Pillar – Combat Wounded Coalition seeks to demonstrate there are no boundaries or limitations by pushing warriors outside their comfort zones and showing them that this is where personal growth occurs. Combat Wounded Coalition'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. Our signature Power event is "Jumping for a Purpose" where we take combat wounded warriors, caregivers, and families of the fallen skydiving. 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 an event open to the public and gives guests the opportunity to watch and cheer on our nation’s heroes. It is amazing to behold the long term impact Jumping for a Purpose has on severely wounded warriors and families of the fallen. Our motto for Jumping for a Purpose is that “We have banged up warriors jump out a perfectly good airplane”. Combat Wounded Coalition 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. Our second social event is our 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 have fellowship with other wounded warriors, patriotic Americans, fellow service members, and business leaders. In addition to Combat Wounded Coalition's two Power events, Combat Wounded Coalition continues to partner with proven and reputable 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, surfing, kayaking or fishing, Combat Wounded Coalition wants to help our warriors find that activity that will once again help them find their Hero Within.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$200,000

Purpose Pillar - Connects warriors to opportunities that provide tools needed to succeed in life. Combat Wounded Coalition's third program pillar takes the time to know each one of the combat wounded warriors that connects with us and gives the staff an opportunity to learn about the warrior’s individual interests so the Combat Wounded Coalition may help them find their new purpose in life. 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 for these warriors to be part of a unit with a specific purpose. In some cases, in a split second, an IED blast, gunshot, or traumatic event, causes an individual to be torn from their unit. This individual 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 be medically retired from the military and join the civilian work force. Combat Wounded Coalition 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 accomplish this through our initial intake questionnaire as a program recipients. This is when registrant identify individual needs under our Purpose Pillar. Whether it is housing support, education support, employment, hobbies or activities, Combat Wounded Coalition will help make connections to properly vetted and proven for-profit and non-profit organizations that can assist in fulfilling these needs. This is where Combat Wounded Coalition separates itself from many other organizations. Any organization Combat Wounded Coalition partners with will have gone through an internal vetting process to ensure these organizations are indeed providing the services they advertise. If the partner is a non-profit organization, the organization will be vetted as a recognized 501c3 for at least 1 year, show financial transparency through Guidestar and/or Charity Navigator, and have positive reviews. Once these screening criteria are met, a Memorandum of Agreement is signed by both Combat Wounded Coalition and the partner organization so both organizations clearly understand their requirements for service, exactly who they serve, and how many warriors they can support in a given time frame. Combat Wounded Coalition takes this information and then can link wounded warriors to those resources as the needs arise. This formalized process ensures needs are met and reduces 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 Combat Wounded Coalition 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, Combat Wounded Coalition provides grants directly to organization partners directly assisting our wounded warriors.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$20,000

Peace Pillar– Connects wounded warriors to services that can assist in healing the mind. This fourth program pillar is to take our combat wounded warriors and help them find peace from the impact of war. Combat Wounded Coalition fully recognizes some of the most devastating injuries from war are often those that are unseen. Currently we are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide. This is a national epidemic and Combat Wounded Coalition is committed to doing our part in reducing this rate by finding solutions through proven organizations and treatment programs. We also recognize our warriors cannot achieve purpose and success until they find peace and heal their minds from the impact of war. Through our database questionnaire, Combat Wounded Coalition identifies individuals looking for mental health support and connect them to counseling services and key national organizations that are providing ground breaking non-pharmacological treatments to help combat wounded warriors with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. The last component of the Peace Pillar is to track our warriors through our service pipeline for a minimum of five years by conducting follow-up communication with them, ensuring Combat Wounded Coalition is meeting the mark for its services and the partner organizations that warriors are referred to also fulfill their mission/s to the warriors. In the event a Pipeline warrior identifies additional or new needs during a follow up, we will look for new connections and make every attempt to ensure these needs 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, Combat Wounded Coalition invites them to work as a warrior mentor, assisting other warriors going through the pipeline through their experience and success. We strive through this process to help as many combat wounded warriors as possible realize their full potential.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$20,000

The Overcome Academy is a curriculum based program operated through Combat Wounded Coalition twice each year, teaching task, purpose, mission, leadership, and resiliency to combat wounded warriors. Additionally, it teaches wounded warriors how to speak and present their stories in a public forum, teaches them how to dress professionally, present themselves and interact with civilian companies for success. More than anything, the Overcome Academy will help warriors understand that they are a leader, can overcome and set the example as a leader within their family, their workplace and their communities.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Budget
$200,000

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Adults,Military personnel

Related Program

Purpose Program

Context Notes

The Purpose program is to connect wounded warriors and care givers to services offered by other, vetted non-profits and for profit organizations that provide services outside the scope of CWC.

Number of interview clothing consultations provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified,Military personnel

Related Program

Purpose Program

Context Notes

Part of the Overcome Academy program is to provide each student in a class with a custom Tom James suit for professional appaearance during presentations, interviews and in the workplace.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Pride Program

Context Notes

The CWC's Pride program recognizes the sacrifice of registerants that meets the support criteria with a clothing kit filled with patriotic clothing identifying the warrior as a Purple Hear recipient.

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families,Military personnel

Related Program

Power Program

Context Notes

CWC's Power support pillar brings wounded warriors and Gold Star family members together for our Skydiving events as well as our Toast to the Heroes gala. This is a time for fellowship and therapy.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Combat Wounded Coalition provides the oversight, management and accountability for our combat-wounded warriors as they pass through the Four Pillar Pipeline. CWC assesses each warrior's needs and helps them through each phase of the 4 pillar program. CWC ensures objectives are met, resources are optimally employed, and the partner organizations that we direct warriors to are providing the care and support that they committed to. The Combat Wounded Coalition is committed to help combat-wounded warriors re-instill the Pride they once had, attain Power they need to move forward in their lives, rediscover Purpose in their new lives, and ultimately, find Peace with themselves, their families and with society.

The Combat Wounded Coalition maintains a secure database of its customers' information. A warrior initially expresses interest in our services via: in-person, phone, email, postal mail, or internet. 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 oversees all new combat-wounded warrior introductions and reviews the initial needs assessment for each warrior. The program manager assists in directing each warrior to partner organizations that can assist the warrior with their individual needs and requirements that are out of the scope of CWC, custom tailoring a service plan that will assist the warrior through all the pillars of support, PRIDE, POWER, PURPOSE and PEACE. The program manager monitors and oversees these warriors as they go through the care pipeline.

The Combat Wounded Coalition's mission is to inspire combat wounded warriors to Overcome and to assist warriors realize their full potential. We assist warriors in mitigating the effects of trauma, expanding personal capabilities, and inspiring our nation's 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 and sense of achievement (POWER), provide networking and direction in life (PURPOSE), and offering balance and tranquility (PEACE) in their lives. We partner with other non-profit and for profit organizations that are credible and have a proven record of offering successful resources, programs and strategies for assisting warriors in finding Purpose and Peace within their lives, with their families and with society.

Indicators gauge the effectiveness of operations within the Combat Wounded Coalition'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 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 effectiveness and value as the organization continues to grow. 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.

This process will be re-evaluated periodically to assure it is current and effective. Measure of Evaluation (MOE) will answer the “so-what?" question that follows each facet of the Combat Wounded Coalition's mission, and follows the Combat Wounded Coalition 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.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Combat Wounded Coalition

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Doug Porter

Retired/entrepeneur/Senior Advisor, True Group LLC.; Former CEO of Ronald McDonald House Chicagoland and NW Indiana

Term: 2018 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Paul Ekoniak

Anthem Helathcare

Term: 2018 - 2019

Jason Redman

Combat Wounded Coalition/SOF SPOKEN

Erica Redman

Combat Wounded Coalition/Wounded Wear

Paul Ekoniak

Anthem Healthcare

Duke Ingraham

Fleet Services and Installations

Amanda Nesmith

Norfolk Southern Corporation

William Zemp

Southern New Hampshire University

Allen Fabijan

Sinclair Communications

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Wounded Wear, Jumping for a Purpose, Toast to the Heroes, Overcome Academy, Patiotic Clothing, Clothing Modifcations