Operation Wounded Warrior (OWW) is a program of Duane Ellsworth Post 129 in Queen Creek, Arizona. We receive support from several other Legion post as well as the Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders, VFW, Businesses, Municipalities and individuals.
We work directly with the Armed Services YMCA based at Balboa Naval Hospital, they are the hands on relationship we have with the troops. Currently there are wounded troops at the four major hospitals that we service; Balboa Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Fort Irwin and 29 Palms, however when there is a troop in need our items have even gone to Hawaii. Without the help from the YMCA we would not be able to reach the wounded troops the way we do. The Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton is the headquarters for all wounded West of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas. Thankfully the American Legion Riders from New Mexico and Texas has continued supporting Texas Hospitals.
What is Operation Wounded Warrior? Wounded Warrior is a post program that was started in 2005 delivering health and comfort items to the wounded, Ill and injured service members returning home from the war.
How much goes to the troops? 100% of your donation go to the troops with the exception of the Gas for the u-haul and chase trailer and insurance for the u-haul.
Can the money stay in Arizona? In a way it does. All the items are purchased locally and taken to San Diego except BX cards.
Why do you take the items to San Diego? San Diego is the closest trauma center to Arizona. Balboa Naval Medical Center is where the troops come to from oversees that we know of.
How can I make a donation? Donations can be made directly to Post 129 or to the Armed Services YMCA but it MUST state the donation is for Operation Wounded Warrior.
Duane Ellsworth Post 129
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
34800 Bob Wilson Dr.
San Diego, CA 92134-5000
Attn: Cherri Barnswell
Please make sure you put a note on it that says Operation Wounded Warrior
Is this just a motorcycle ride? While the majority of the people will be riding bikes it is open to everyone. We encourage everyone to go, it’s not about how we get there as much as the reason we go.
Is Operation Wounded Warrior and Wounded Warrior Project the same? No, OWW is a grass roots program from Queen Creek, AZ we don't get paid and 100% of our donations are personally delivered to the wounded, injured and ill troops receiving care because of direct results to the war. Please see financial statement for Wounded Warrior Project.
American Legion Post
Sons of the American Legion
American Legion Auxiliary
H.H. Donkersley Unit 19, Yuma, AZ
American Legion Riders
Albert J. Hickman Post 460, San Diego, CA (858) 277- 1052