FORT STEWART, Ga., Feb. 22, 2018 -- Veterans with service-related health issues received face-to-face assistance from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) during a Soldier and Family Assistance Center Semi-Annual Growth Progression Strength (GPS) event at Fort Stewart, Georgia. WWP's Benefits Service team has set an unprecedented record, securing more than $85.4 million in annualized monetary benefits for wounded warriors in fiscal year 2017 alone.
With a success rate of 91 percent this past fiscal year, WWP's Benefits Service program helps injured veterans navigate the complexities of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to obtain the care they need.
TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 22, 2018 -- With the help of an experienced artist, injured veterans and their guests created beautiful artwork to decorate their homes during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event. The gathering provided an opportunity to add new friends to their social circles in a supportive and relaxed environment.
"I ran into and talked with two warriors I knew from years ago," said Air Force veteran Jerry Honeycutt, "and it was great seeing familiar faces. This event has inspired me to get more involved with other Wounded Warrior Project events in the future."
Isolation is one of the most significant struggles wounded warriors deal with after serving their country. It can be difficult knowing how to overcome that challenge and rekindle bonds similar to those formed in the military.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2018 -- It is estimated 500,000 of this generation of wounded veterans live with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another 320,000 suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There are few proven methods to diagnose and treat the signature wounds of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not every veteran living with these ailments responds the same to specific treatment.
To help, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is working with Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) to identify and study biomarkers that could improve treatment options. A biomarker is a measurable substance indicative of a disease or infection. For veterans, a specific biomarker found in a blood sample can confirm a PTSD diagnosis and the potential to respond to treatment.
By studying these substances, researchers hope to better target PTSD treatment in veterans and other trauma survivors.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 20, 2018 -- Wounded warriors from Jacksonville, Florida, recently gathered at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) headquarters to incorporate yoga in their healthy workout routine. Many Americans regularly wish for better sleep and more mobility in their daily lives, but it's especially desirable for wounded veterans who deal with both visible and invisible wounds of war. Yoga has become a popular choice among warriors and their family members to meet health and wellness goals for the new year.
"I've never done yoga before," said U.S. Navy wounded warrior Vinnie Godette from Jacksonville, Florida. "It was more intense than I imagined. You're engaging so much of your body without exerting constant force, so it gives me other workout options to mix into my daily routine outside of weights and a treadmill."
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2018 -- Veterans gathered to bond and learn adaptive winter sports techniques from experienced instructors at the Arizona Snowbowl. During the two-day-adaptive ski and snowboard experience with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), some veterans with injuries opted for adaptive winter equipment, which helped them enjoy the slopes, along with the camaraderie of others.
"I truly believe this event helps me all year," said Marine Corps veteran Efrin Vargas, who also attended last year's Snowbowl event. "I get to clear my mind and be around veterans who understand me. This is truly something I look forward to, and I'm very grateful to be a part of it."
"I always want to challenge myself physically and mentally, despite being 65 years old," said Army veteran Terry Flynn. "I knew this event would provide that challenge, since I have very limited experience with either skiing or snowboarding. Wounded Warrior Project is the only organization I know of that consistently reaches out to support warriors with these kinds of events."