PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17, 2018 -- The Army-Navy game is one of the most iconic sporting events in America, and veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) were there to witness this year's face-off. In partnership with USAA®, WWP connected several warriors with one another for an afternoon of football and camaraderie.
"It was snowing, but my wife and I were so excited that it didn't stop us from going," said Rudolph Roberson, an Army National Guard veteran. "While we were there, I saw one of the guys from the couples mental health workshop we went on through Wounded Warrior Project. We were happy to see each other and catch up for a bit. The game was amazing, but the temperature got pretty low, so eventually, my wife and I had to leave."
The annual game has always been an intense matchup, but the blustery weather that greeted the warriors and players turned it into an instant classic.
ST. JAMES, Minn., Jan. 13, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans interested in the challenge of hunting birds recently connected with one another during a private-land hunt, in addition to shooting clays and learning how to clean their birds.
Successfully flushing pheasants from the fields takes patience, know-how, and it doesn't hurt to have great dogs and handlers by your side.
"This was an amazing opportunity to hunt using dogs to flush the birds," said Army veteran Rich Kelby. "Events like this hunt help me stay grounded, get back outside, and just do things when my post-traumatic stress and other injuries make me want to sit inside and be alone. This has inspired me to push some of my buddies to join Wounded Warrior Project and dig out of their holes."
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2018 -- Picturesque Red Rock Canyon was the setting for a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hiking event that gave injured veterans an opportunity to exercise and share quality time with their veteran peers and others from their community.
"I saw this as a great opportunity to hike with a group of people," said Air Force veteran Stacy Neagles. "I love hiking, but typically end up going alone. The hike was great, and we had awesome guides that were knowledgeable about the area. We even learned a little history about the canyon."
WWP program gatherings offer settings that provide opportunities for injured veterans to connect with one another and their communities. WWP also serves warriors by focusing on mental and physical health and wellness, financial wellness, independence, government relations, and community relations and partnerships.
HONOLULU, Jan. 5, 2018 -- Injured veterans, along with family and friends, explored new worlds through virtual reality at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event. Warriors and their families bonded while experiencing the cutting edge of gaming technology.
"Most of the warriors were veterans that I've met before," said Marine Corps Reserve veteran Rolly Alvarado. "So, when we weren't playing, we were talking among ourselves. They're a great group of people, and this event has inspired me to attend other gatherings and programs. Wounded Warrior Project to me, means camaraderie, empowerment, dedication to one another, and improving my outlook on life."
Participants stepped out of everyday life and into a fantasy world for some friendly competition and top-of-the-line virtual experiences, such as boarding a ship as a space pirate, interacting in Doc's lab and with other "Back to the Future" characters, and scoring a mini-golf hole-in-one.