Wounded Warrior Charity Error

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Many people don't know there's more than one Wounded Warrior Charity. In fact, there are at least three.

The one that comes to Bismarck and Mandan to participate in the McQuade softball tournament has no connection to the non-profit organization that has had top executives fired for questionable spending practices.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team is trying to get in front of a controversy that has nothing to do with their organization.

The group of veterans played in the 2014 McQuade tournament and are scheduled to be back in Bismarck for this year's event.

One of the McQuade Softball Tournament directors, Mike Wolf, said: "I run into people all the time who are associated with the tournament and we were getting the questions, 'Well how do you think that's going to affect the tournament this year?' 'Are you thinking of not bringing them back because of the controversy?'"

Earlier this month, NBC News ran a story about a different wounded warrior charity that is being accused of lavishly spending donations. Two top executives from that group have resigned and nightly news used video of the Amputee Softball Team in their report, which has resulted in undeserved publicity for the group.

"We're very quick to point out that the Wounded Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team are two completely separate organizations, and the Amputee team has nothing to do with the Wounded Warrior Project," said Wolf.

The Wounded Warrior softball team exhibition has been a highlight of the tournament in the past, and organizers expect it to be very popular with fans again this year.

"We're going to have a Friday night exhibition game, and there will be probably our estimation is over 5,000 people out here to come out and watch them play," said Wolf.

The Amputee Softball Team is concerned some people will be confused, and won't donate to their charity which funds medical research and provides financial aid to children who have lost a parent serving in the military.

Wolf doesn't think that will happen here. He says The Wounded Warriors are so popular, the tournament is considering adding a Thursday night exhibition game so more fans can see them play. Sharon Johnson reporting for NBC North Dakota News.

The 2016 McQuade tournament will be held June 24th through the 26th. More than 450 teams are expected to participate.