In a development that shocked veteran talk show host Tom Gresham of the nationally-syndicated Gun Talk Radio program, theWounded Warrior Project “declined an interview request on Gun Talk Radio because it’s a firearms-related show,” the program reported yesterday on its Facebook page.
I’m stunned at your email saying that the WWP doesn’t participate in an interview or activity related to firearms,” Gresham emailed the charity’s public relations director, Leslie A. Coleman. “Inasmuch as there are 90 million gun owners and most of them support wounded veterans, I think they would be shocked to hear that they are, by way of their hobbies, somehow not worthy of helping with the Wounded Warriors Project.”
“WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies,” Coleman replied. “Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.”