CAROLINA BEACH, N.C., May 17, 2017 -- Veterans and children reconnected by pitching tents, building campfires, riding waves, and competing to make the best s'mores during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) beachside camping trip.
The campout put veterans and their kids in a comfortable setting that empowered them to learn additional ways to communicate during the healing process.
"It was a chance to get away – literally – from the commotion of the city and do things at our own pace," Army veteran Daniel Allums said. "It was very therapeutic to rest and relax, to chill out. It was really important for me to reconnect with my daughter. We both got a lot out of it, especially me."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 16, 2017 -- Carrin Eyman enjoyed her bruised thigh so much she couldn't wait to show her husband, Navy veteran and former mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Eyman.
The bruise was liberating because it proved she has the mental and physical ability to control her environment. And she wore it proudly.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) family members of veterans recently learned a different way to fight through adversity – with their fists and knees. During a self-defense class, law enforcement instructors gave them hands-on directions for how to fend off an attacker.
AIEA, Hawaii, May 16, 2017 -- Richard Pittman and his family had just finished tossing their last bag on the trash pile when a local man sitting on a park bench nodded in approval toward the suddenly sparkling Pearl Harbor Bike Path and said the words: "Thank you."
Richard, an Army veteran, joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently to give back to the community by clearing litter from one of the country's most scenic parks. All Richard wanted in return was to connect with veterans and relish the gratitude of those who could enjoy their coastline trail again.
STEWARTVILLE, Minn., May 15, 2017 -- Generous donors from all walks of life and of all ages allow Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, a talented young singer named Kendall Clausen used her skills to support WWP through a performance with her school choir.
"For a school project, we had the option to do whatever we loved doing to support Wounded Warrior Project," Kendall said. "I chose to write a song. I sat down and came up with the idea to write about a soldier going off to war. The song focused on how in the end, the soldier is not going to give up no matter what happens. The song is called 'Warrior,' and I want to donate half of whatever money it raises to support Wounded Warrior Project.
HAYS, Kan., May 15, 2017 -- Even when Sean Kelly missed his target during a recent trap-shooting event, he remained on point while connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans.
The group competed for gold, silver, and bronze coins while shooting at clay pigeons, but Sean said the real prize was getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.
"My aim has changed since 2007 for sure, but that truly wasn't what the event was about," the Army veteran said. "It was about the brotherhood and sisterhood we developed with each other. I will always remember the new friends I made there. It was an amazing experience."