The Original Warrior Weekend
The Original R & R Mission Established in 2006,
for America's Soldiers Wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan,
and Administered Under the Financial Oversight
of a 501-C-19 Veterans Organization.
(not Warrior Weekend Corporation)
Notice for Supporters from Founder Steve Udovich:
Warrior Weekend is currently in a period of transition. Founded in 2006, and previously sponsored by American Legion Post 28 of Delaware, the program has provided about 55 weekend trips for wounded Soldiers and their families. I founded Warrior Weekend in 2006 and ran it until 2011. I take pride in the work we accomplished and I appreciate the support we have received from both individuals and organizations.
The program previously known as The Warrior Weekend Program, associated with American Legion Post 28 of Delaware, from 2007 through July 2015, is no longer part of the The American Legion. It's actually a Delaware registered 501-C-3 charity known as Warrior Weekend Corporation (WWC) that was established in July 2013. It is my understanding that they elected to sever their ties with the Legion in July of 2015.
From July 2013 - July 2015, WWC presented itself as an American Legion authorized program. However, in June of 2015, I was informed by the National Headquarters of The American Legion, through their Department of Delaware, that they were not. They did good work, and helped plenty of our wounded. But unfortunately, they had used the Legion emblem and name without authorization, and had also moved the program in a direction I never wanted it to go; outside of the financial oversight of Post 28.
I always wanted Warrior Weekend to operate under the administrative and financial control of a 501-C-19 Veterans Organization. I often dismissed suggestions to establish a 501-C-3, because I never wanted the program's path determined by a small group. A 501-C-19 provides numerous checks and balances that force transparency. I firmly believe that any work done on behalf of Veterans is best done by a Veterans Organization.
In July of 2015, The American Legion Department of Delaware informed a number of its members, myself included, that WWC was given the choice to come under Legion control, as an approved post subsidiary corporation, or go their own way. We were also informed that they would be required to stop using The American Legion name and emblem if they elected to go on their on.
A new program called The Original Warrior Weekend (TOWW), will be started sometime in 2016. TOWW will be subject to the oversight that a Veterans organization requires, as it should be. Its mission will be to provide a few trips each year to locations not offered by WWC. TOWW will develop a new donor base and will not call on any of the current list of service providers that I established from 2006 - 2011.
Thanks again for your support.
Questions related to Warrior Weekend Corporation's accounting of funds from July 2013 through July 2015, and their Endowment Fund, can be directed to them via their website, (warriorweekend.net). They are also listed on Charity Blossom and Guidestar.
Veteran Organizations interested in supporting TOWW should contact me. I'd like to have TOWW operational by this time next year.
All best, Steve Udovich
Founder, The Original Warrior Weekend
Copyright May 2007-2013, All rights reserved.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT