"We will support them for a lifetime in a manner that inspires trust and confidence."
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A Navy veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is suffering from respiratory problems after being exposed to burn pits while supporting operations on the ground in Iraq. Every breath requires more effort than expected, and every breath reminds him of Iraq. He is financially strapped and in need of treatment for what he thinks might be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, he has yet to successfully claim his benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Many wounded veterans begin their post-military lives with stories like this — stories of struggling to navigate the VA to secure their benefits — benefits they have been promised and benefits they have earned.
ORLANDO (April 27, 2016) – The Invictus Games are coming to Orlando, Florida, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be there to support the event and the competing wounded veterans. The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured active duty and retired servicemen and women. For years, WWP has funded organizations that share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, and, this year, WWP is proud to be recognized as an official partner of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016. As part of this partnership, WWP will be providing bicycles that can be modified to meet the needs of the athletes participating in the cycling events as well as other technical support.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (April 25, 2016) – For years, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has funded organizations that share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through a continued partnership, WWP will be investing $9 million in The Mission Continues, another veteran service organization (VSO) that gives injured veterans a chance to use their skills and talents to give back to local communities.
“Today’s veterans volunteered to serve in the military,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. “Upon transition from military service, many are looking to serve again. When we help them find ways to contribute here at home, everyone benefits."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 20, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families learned firsthand not to wear bright colors when encountering a leopard. Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) hosted a group of Alumni and family members at the Tallahassee Museum where they enjoyed private tours of native Florida animal exhibits, shared lunch and companionship, and had the chance to zip line over live animal enclosures.
“It was thrilling to see the leopard jump up and try to attack the zip liners flying above her cage,” said Kim Starling, U.S. Army injured veteran and WWP Alumna. “When someone with bright colors would soar above her cage, she would try to pounce at them. It was an amazing sight.”