WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2016) – According to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Dr. Hosea Humphrey about advances in science and medicine on June 15, 1816. Fast-forward 200 years and advances in medicine are making it possible for veterans who suffered catastrophic injuries to start families. They just need a little help from Congress.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought families to Capitol Hill last week including Wednesday, June 15, 2016, to meet with congressional delegates. Those meetings helped explain the importance of passing a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive services.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 20, 2016) – For William “Bill” Higgins, the prospect of a long recovery from surgery has him singularly focused on staying healthy and active for as long as he can. The wounded Marine Corps veteran has been attending a physical training program hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for months now. With only two weeks remaining in the program, and only one more month before his hip replacement surgery, he knows the pressure is on to finish strong and give it everything he has.
“I wanted to get myself physically ready and pre-rehabilitate for this procedure,” Bill explained. “I was strongly advised that before I get the surgery I should build up extra muscle strength to help with recovery. Wounded Warrior Project and its staff got me connected with this program when I needed it most, because once I get that procedure done, I will be recovering for a good stretch."
Linnington’s Decorated 35-Year Military Career Includes Key Command Positions in Three Combat Tours and Senior Leadership Roles in the Department of Defense
Appointment of Retired Lieutenant General Brings Extensive Experience, Expertise and Commitment to WWP’s Mission to Organization
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 16, 2016) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Michael S. Linnington to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 18, 2016. Mr. Linnington is joining WWP from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), where he was appointed Director by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2015. His decorated 35-year military career includes three tours in combat operations and key command positions in numerous assignments around the world.
DALLAS, Texas (June 15, 2016) – They sliced, diced, broiled, and baked. Some veterans learned to do it all at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) cooking class in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. “It was cool and original,” says retired U.S. Navy veteran Anthony Semprun. “I don’t really know my way around the kitchen, but I want to cook with my wife, and this was the perfect opportunity to learn.”
It was a date night for couples and some master chefs were on hand to help everyone hone their culinary skills.
WHITEFORD, Md. (June 14, 2016) – They had a hot dog roasting, trail hiking, s’more eating good time. “It was an amazing outdoor adventure,” says U.S. Army veteran Bryan Asaf, who took his wife and three children on the 2nd annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) family camping trip in collaboration with the Boys Scouts® of Chesapeake.
They relaxed, experienced nature, and “we got to hang out with other veterans,” says Bryan, who completed two tours in Iraq and, at one point, wasn’t sure if he would ever enjoy another family outing. He suffers from two traumatic brain injuries after improvised explosive devices detonated beneath his tanker truck. “One lifted our truck off the ground and slammed it back down. It knocked me unconscious.”