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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 4, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) steps into its 15th year grateful for the opportunity to continue serving more than 135,000 injured veterans, their family members, and caregivers.
WWP connects injured veterans with its free programs, one another, and community resources. In 2017, the veterans' charity engaged more than 341,000 times with warriors, their families, and caregivers. WWP made more than 109,000 wellness checks, and more than 5 million copies of the weekly email newsletter reached warriors. These connections are important. In the most recent survey of the veterans WWP serves, four in five specifically mentioned social engagement and support as key factors in their rehabilitation and recovery. In short, connecting warriors with fellow veterans through WWP programs and services helps eliminate the isolation many wounded warriors feel as they return to civilian communities, and it helps connect them with additional programs and services that assist in their recoveries.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 4, 2018 -- Experienced health coaches walked injured veterans through a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) yoga session involving long-held breaths and deep stretches, followed by teachings on the recovery benefits of a holistic lifestyle.
"I enjoyed the yoga session and learning different ways to heal and establish new coping skills," said Geraldine Nelson, an Army veteran. "Plus, it was great meeting new warriors and reconnecting with others that I've seen at other Wounded Warrior Project gatherings. It was a great mix."
"I feel that I'm always open to learning new things," said Army veteran Novy Geraldo. "The yoga was peaceful, and the staff was very accommodating, but my favorite part of the program was sampling the food and getting new recipes."