I WOULD BE GLAD TO SHARE as I need any excuse to draw them~ i have so many babies i need to revisit ahhh. Slideshow for a lil bit of commentary too!!!
These babies are side ocs in my branch of Ty’s WWP/SD universe- it’s sorta approached as a collection of small slice-of-life oneshots in the same universe/school, so you see these guys randomly here and there in my other OC’s stories too in addition to their own little chapter.
My new show premieres a month from today, on the network that I like to call “the network formerly-known as Sci-Fi,” but since that makes people who changed its name mad at me, I won’t call it that in this post.*
Seriously I’m bolding this because it’s important: The Wil Wheaton Project premieres at 10pm EDT on Wednesday, May 27th, on Syfy™Syfy: Imagine Greater, and also watch WWE.**
I know I said forever ago I would post a recent photo of husbands legs. He’s incredibly self conscious about the scars. But I just see them as a badge of courage. He fought his ass off to keep his legs. The doctors said he would never walk again and here he is 3 years later walking, with both legs. Even though they think the scarring will cause him to lose his left leg in the next ten years. What he has now, we are both so thankful for.
In its commercials, Wounded Warrior Project appeals to the American public’s generosity, and it works. In 2014 alone the group received more than $300 million in donations.
“Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” said Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette.
Millette came home from Iraq in 2006 with a bronze star and a purple heart – along with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
Initially, he admired the charity’s work, and participated in its programs. He took a job as a public speaker with Wounded Warrior Project in 2013. But after two years, he quit.
“You’re using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. So you can have these big parties,” he told CBS News.
Millette said he witnessed lavish spending on staff.
“Let’s get a Mexican mariachi band in there, let’s get maracas made with [the] WWP logo, put them on every staff member’s desk. Let’s get it catered and have a big old party,” he described.
“Going to a nice fancy restaurant is not team building. Staying at a lavish hotel at the beach here in Jacksonville, and requiring staff that lives in the area to stay at the hotel is not team building,” Millette continued.
CBS News spoke to more than 40 former employees who described a charity where spending was out of control.
Two of those former employees were so fearful of retaliation they asked that their faces not to be shown on camera.
“It was extremely extravagant. Dinners and alcohol, and just total accessm” one employee explained. He continued, saying that for a charitable organization that’s serving veterans, the spending on resorts and alcohol is “what the military calls fraud waste and abuse.”
According to the charity’s tax forms, spending on conferences and meetings went from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014. That’s about the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery – its top program.
Former employees say spending has skyrocketed since Steven Nardizzi took over as CEO in 2009. Many point to the 2014 annual meeting at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs as typical of his style.
“He rappelled down the side of a building at one of the all hands events. He’s come in on a Segway, he’s come in on a horse.”
About 500 staff members attended the four-day conference in Colorado. The price tag? About $3 million.
“Donors don’t want you to have a $2,500 bar tab. Donors don’t want you to fly every staff member once a year to some five-star resort and whoop it up and call it team building,” said Millette.
Wounded Warrior Project declined CBS News’ repeated interview requests for Nardizzi, but offered their Director of Alumni and a recipient of their services, Captain Ryan Kules.
Kules denied there was excessive spending on conferences. “It’s the best use of donor dollars to ensure we are providing programs and services to our warriors and families at the highest quality.”
When asked why conferences were held at five-star resorts instead of cheaper options, Kules provided the same answer. “Like I said, it’s to make sure we are aligned and can build as a team. Be able to be able to provide the best quality services.”
“WWP and those donor dollars trained me to speak and be a voice, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” said Millette. “I’m sorry, but I’ll be damned if you’re gonna take hard-working Americans’ money and drink it and waste it.”
Kules also told CBS News the charity did not spend $3 million on the Colorado conference, but he was not there and was unable to say what it did cost. He also denied that the charity spends money on alcohol or engages in any other kind of excessive spending.
Part two of this investigation airs on “CBS This Morning,” Wednesday 26 JAN at 7 a.m. ET.
‘Puting Socialism on the Table,’ New York City, November 7-8, 2015
The national conference of Workers World Party, meeting at the site of the historic Audubon Ballroom, where the great African American revolutionary Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965, was attended by hundreds of youth and workers.
Photos by Matty Starshine, Joe Piette and redguard
so today I wore this shirt to school because I believe that the wounded warrior project is one of the greatest organizations of the 21st century. I think it’s awesome to contribute money to the program to help out our veterans and I love the support people give this program.
unfortunately, not everyone sees it the same way. today at school my vice principal told me that I am not aloud to wear this shirt because there is a gun on it. THE SHIRT IS NOT PROMOTING GUNS. you can’t even really see the gun. she said she understands the cause but I am not aloud to wear it to school anymore. what happened to y freedom of speech? I GO TO SCHOOL NEXT TO WEST POINT THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY. of all places, this should have been the first school to support the program.
please, Reblog the shit out of this post and get yourself a shirt because I’m taking a stand for this. I can’t believe that I am not aloud to wear a shirt that helps support wounded veterans with the necessities at school because there is a faintly seen gun on the logo.
I JUST WANT TO WEAR MY DAMN SHIRT AND BE PROUD FOR DOING IT.
Before I fall into bed completely blissed out from this weekend, there are two wedding band/tattoo notes I have to make:
- Like Billie, I have a wedding band tattoo. Mr. Loup can’t wear a wedding ring, so we got inked a few years ago. He said he didn’t want to walk around guilty of “false advertising.” This guy is awesome. Anyway.
I had wanted to compare tattoos with Billie over the summer when we went to see Great Britain, but she never came out to the stage door the day I saw it. So, when Allegorical and I got our photo done with the two of them yesterday, I turned to Billie afterwards and just blurted out: “Billie, I have a wedding band tattoo, too!” I showed her and she got really excited. The con staff guy then asked me to “move along, ma'am” in a very stern voice. But still.
- David’s wedding ring seems to be pipe cut, which is not something I had ever noticed before. No other embellishments or anything, just plain gold, pipe cut. This was an important detail that I had the chance to examine whilst in line, staring at his hands.
Hello, everybody! A lot of people seemed actually interested in the Weekly Writing Prompt idea, so I will post one every week (probably on Sunday) and tag it with ‘WWP.’ At the end of every week (probably on Saturday), I will make a post of all of the previous week’s prompt replies!
There aren’t many rules to this, and I’ll try to keep the prompts as general as possible, but here’s the general idea behind this thing:
• There will be two prompts every week: a happier/sillier one, and a more serious/sadder one, because people have varying moods and want to write about varying emotions from week-to-week, so this will hopefully help cover most of the spectrum. You can answer both, one, or the other. In the case of a prize, answering both will not increase your chances of winning, but the ‘better*’ one of the two will be chosen for the actual competition!
• Please tag me in all of the replies you make. If you tag me, and I forget to add you at the end of a week, or you forget to tag me, please, please, please send me an IM Message on Tumblr, or an ask, letting me know, and I will correct the error!
• If you do not want to be considered for a prize, or don’t want your story reblogged, I encourage you to tag me but let me know in the post (or in an ask if you want it to be anonymous). I want to read all of the answers!
• Everybody who participates is encouraged to read all of the other participants’ replies! This isn’t required, obviously, but I’m sure many people will appreciate it and read your response as well! With that said, please don’t critique peoples’ writing publicly/privately unless they really want you to, and even then, don’t be rude about it! That’s kind of a general courtesy rule, though!
• Responses should be in paragraph form, and there is no length requirement!
• Have fun, do the thing, and encourage others to do so, but never feel like you have to do this!
(* That’s not to say one is better than the other. All writing is good. Some people like some writing more. Whatever the judges (whoever they are) decide is better is what will be chosen!)
The two writing prompts for this week are as follow:
1) Write something about an object your character has that is sentimentally priceless to them, but realistically worthless to anybody else (like a blanket, stuffed animal, or their favorite socks)!
2) Write about their worst Winter Veil experience! What happened during it, why was it so bad, and did it forever ruin the holiday?! If not, how did they get over it? How many Winter Veils did it take before they truly got over it? There’s a lot of directions you can take the original question, and the following questions are simply examples for ideas; you don’t have to answer them all, just do your thing!
The rewards for this week are as follow:
Anybodywho participates (as in, appears to have made an effort to answer either of the prompts) will get 1000 in-game World of Warcraft gold, just to help this get spread around a bit this first week! I know 1000 gold really isn’t that much, but if a few people do this, then it adds up for me. Once again, answering both prompts will not get you double the reward, and you will just get the 1000!