My first involvement with the WGI was in 2008 when Tom Fontana wrangled together a group of writers to go to Columbus, Ohio and run a writing workshop for Iraq and Vietnam vets, who presumably had stories to tell and no outlet for their creativity.
The workshop was a great success on several levels: the vets seemed energized and gratified to be regarded as something other than vets and it was a significant bonding experience for WGA members. We could share our work experiences with each other as well as with the vets and no two experiences are exactly the same. Writing is a little like sex in that one never really watches other people do it, so the WGI had a little group therapy aspect to it.
The WGI has gone on to gather strength and support and to grow its mission of self-help through writing. Looks like its here for keeps.