So Their Sacrifice is Never Forgotten
The mission of the Wounded Officers Initiative is to develop and establish national programs that help address the long term needs of wounded law enforcement officers whose line of duty injuries have prevented them from continuing their law enforcement careers.
The Wounded Officers Initiative, Inc is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Florida and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity, 501(c)3. The organization was founded in 2014 by four active and retired law enforcement officers from the Orlando area of Florida. The initiative was created in response to the inadequate and uneven benefits and recognition provided to law enforcement officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The founders identified a moral need to bring awareness and advocacy for these Heroes who have sacrificed so much of themselves only to be forgotten with little, and at times, no benefits. There are numerous organizations that do amazing work in assisting wounded soldiers, as well as the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, unfortunately, there are far and few for wounded law enforcement officers.
The Wounded Officers Initiative is the first and only organization of its kind in that it focuses on Law Enforcement Officers who were catastrophically injured in the line of duty. In consultation with actual wounded officers five key goals were developed to help with their long term needs. These goals are Counseling, Awareness, Advocacy, Recognition, and Education, better known as CAARE. These goals bring about independence and dignity to wounded officers by assuring mental wellbeing for all active, wounded, and retired law enforcement officers, creating financial stability and recognition for catastrophically injured officers, and reintegrating retired wounded officers back into society.