Wounded Warrior Project responds to family's pleas for help

Nonprofit working to help veteran's family in Putnam County

By Lynnsey Gardner - Investigative reporter

The Poole family

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - The Wounded Warrior Project has visited a veteran and his family in Putnam County to connect them with services and resources to help them, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit told the News4Jax I-TEAM on Monday.

Dani Poole first contacted the I-TEAM, saying their home was in need of serious repairs and did not know where to turn after first reaching out to the Wounded Warrior Project for help.

Poole said she works two jobs to support her five children and her husband, who now suffers from physical injuries, arthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the United States Air Force for 19 years.

Mike Linnington, the new CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project, told the I-TEAM that helping the Poole family will be a personal priority for him.

Linnington promised he would do what he can to help the family, even though the Wounded Warrior Project’s main focus is not home maintenance, but mental and physical wellness with long-term support, education and employment goals assistance. 

The I-TEAM has since been in constant contact with the charity, and it's clear that it's doing what it can. 

Linnington, who took over in July, has been very open about the changes coming to the Wounded Warrior Project.

After meeting with staff and veterans during a nationwide tour of the nonprofit's offices, Linnington said, he expects to announce restructuring changes in September. 

The Wounded Warrior Project said it's thankful the veteran is getting the help he needs and released the following statement to the I-TEAM Monday:

"Wounded Warrior Project remains engaged in providing valuable programs and services to our post-9/11 warriors and their families. The need is great and growing. We appreciate all citizens, local leaders, and media helping WWP connect warriors with each other, and to the valuable programs and services WWP provides."

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