MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 26, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently read books to kindergarten and first-grade children at Dozier and Wilson elementary schools as part of a volunteer program they created called the Warrior Reading Initiative. This group of warriors is an extension of WWP's Peer Support group based in Atlanta, Georgia, where injured veterans meet monthly to connect with one another, share personal experiences, and collaborate on coping mechanisms that can help in recovery.
Warrior-to-warrior peer support plays an important role in the healing process as it allows injured veterans to build relationships based on shared experiences. The Peer Support program is dedicated to ensuring every injured veteran, family member, and caregiver encourages one another in recovery, thus embodying the WWP logo of one warrior carrying another off the battlefield.
During the book reading, warriors, students, and school staff experienced firsthand what is possible when injured veterans are exposed to programs and services that honor and empower them.
LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2017 -- Filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, the creative minds behind "Togetherness," are launching "Room 104." The new HBO anthology series is set in a single motel room and tells the stories of the various guests that pass through it. To celebrate the show's release on July 28, they've teamed up with DEC Artists to raise awareness and support for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and the warriors it serves.
"The idea for the #DoMore104 campaign came from our belief that there is always room to do more good things for others," said Daniel Dart, DEC Artists founder. "How can we help? How can we do more? We're raising money to support the men and women of our armed forces and thank them for all they've done. Wounded Warrior Project has done a fantastic job supporting our nation's wounded veterans. And I think rallying around these wounded warriors is a cause that can unite us all."
YPSILANTI, Mich., July 20, 2017 -- Golfers and yoga enthusiasts alike will join wounded veterans for a weekend to support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). At the Old Glory Golf tournament, golfers will enjoy 18 holes of play, along with auctions, raffles, food, and fellowship. This will be the fourth year event organizer and long-time WWP supporter Rich Keenan has planned the event in his community.
"Wounded Warrior Project needs the support of people in the community," Rich said. "I'm proud to continue to host this event for an organization that does so much good for so many of our nation's wounded veterans."
SAN ANTONIO, July 12, 2017 -- One of the major challenges many wounded veterans face when returning to civilian life is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosts physical health and wellness events around the nation, not just to get warriors moving again but to connect them with other local warriors who share their life experiences. Recently, injured veterans challenged themselves and connected during a ruck march.
"It was definitely great to be part of, and struggle, as a team again," said Air Force veteran Jeremiah Patterson. "It doesn't sound significant, but for me it was. That camaraderie is something I miss since being out of the military."
Rucking is an exercise routine that has gained popularity in recent years, especially among veterans who have transitioned to civilian life. The fitness regimen involves marching, hiking, or running with a weighted backpack, usually with a moderate to heavy weight, and according to the Go Ruck website (http://www.goruck.com/how-to-ruck/), the ideal pace is 15 minutes per mile.