WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Fifteen veteran and military service organizations have joined a coalition led by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to urge Congress to quickly pass S. 2117, the Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act. Introduced by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the FAIR Heroes Act will provide the most severely injured warriors the ability to choose between Medicare and TRICARE, a choice they've earned through their service that could save their families over $1,000 each year in premiums alone.
The FAIR Heroes Act is supported by a coalition of veteran and military family organizations including the Air Force Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, AMVETS, Army Aviation Association of America, Chief Warrant & Warrant Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard, Got Your 6™, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Officers Association of America®, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Service Women's Action Network, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America®.
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Pittsburgh residents will have a chance to rally behind local community foundations and support their favorite charity on Nov. 28. "Give Big" is returning to Pittsburgh, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be among the nonprofits registered to participate in the 24-hour online giving challenge.
WWP programs and services assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, connecting warriors with one another and their communities, and long-term care for the most seriously wounded. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to take part in connection activities and benefit from program resources at no cost to them.
HONOLULU, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Injured veterans may have walked in empty-handed, but by the end of a recent series of classes with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), they left with electric guitars they built on their own.
These WWP gatherings empowered veterans to explore the unique hobby of building an electric guitar while sharing their everyday experiences with one another.
During each six-hour course, warriors received kits with all the supplies and materials needed to build their very own Stratocaster-style electric guitar. In addition to learning how to make the instrument, they reviewed basic care and maintenance and gained an understanding of the different parts and functions of the instrument.
Dionisios Nicholas, a Marine Corps veteran, said this event happened at the perfect time since he is also learning to play guitar.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2017 -- At age 83, Paris-born Bernard Darty feels fortunate to enjoy time with his family and spend winters in Miami Beachnearly three-quarters of a century after escaping Nazi invaders in France as a child. Although he lost his mother to the Auschwitz concentration camp, today he is so moved with gratitude for the American troops who liberated him in Normandy in 1944 that he has made a significant donation of $500,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) this Veterans Dayto help U.S. veterans and their families—hoping to trigger a new movement of supporting American veterans.
"In giving this donation, I want to thank Americans with all my heart for rescuing us during the war," Darty said. "The gratitude I feel to these men is beyond words. They were saviors, doling out sweets to half-starved, war-worn children who had almost given up hope of freedom. That is why I want to support American veterans—and why I support America. I hope my donation inspires others to do the same."
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10, 2017 -- Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) will collaborate with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for the second consecutive year to host a Veterans Day bike ride followed by the Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade, tomorrow. It will be a 22-kilometer (13.7 mile) bike ride for veterans registered with WWP. The significance of the number represents the approximately 22 veterans who take their lives each day.
In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, 30.3 percent of survey respondents expressed physical activity helps them cope with stress and emotional or mental health concerns. This ride aims to raise awareness for veterans' mental health while providing a positive social experience and physical activity for wounded warriors before they head out to the Veterans Day Parade.