Learns Coping Skills at Life-Changing Mental Health Workshop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 -- In her almost 200-day deployment to Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, U.S. Airman Jessica Daubenmire's base was attacked 149 times – three were rocket attacks, and the rest were from mortars. "I remember one evening in July of 2007, I heard the sirens signaling an incoming attack while I was in my bunk," Jessica said. "The explosion was so violent; it was as if someone was shaking me by my shoulders."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) staff will get into the spirit of Halloween Friday, Oct. 28 by inviting local wounded warriors and their families through their doors for an afternoon of fun and healing.
Festivities are set to begin at 4 pm. Children will be escorted through the adorned halls of WWP's "not-so-haunted" house on the first floor, picking up treats and goodies at stops along the way. Each stop will be decorated with a different theme, accompanied by costumed WWP team members.
SUNBURY, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2016 -- For many warriors, the experiences they had in the military were some of the best of their lives, filled with fellowship, meaning, and direction. To help wounded veterans connect with others who have shared military backgrounds, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) partnered with the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson® dealership for motorcycle riding lessons.
"It felt great to be with other warriors like myself once again," said Marine Corps veteran Lawrence Christian. "I could relax and enjoy myself because the people there weren't going to judge me for my injuries. The Harley team treated us like royalty, and it was an excellent experience."
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 18, 2016 -- Warriors celebrated their recoveries during a recent workout hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). During this physical health and wellness gathering, warriors connected with others in their community and learned about living healthy and active lives.
"We did a workout called, 'A Fight Gone Bad,'" explained Army veteran Genevieve Durnin. "During this workout, we rotated between 6 stations, including one station of rest. So we got to a station and worked out for one minute then moved on to the next. It was very challenging, but I loved it."
WWP staff interacted with the warriors during the workout, offering instruction and encouragement where needed.
FORT PIERCE, Fla., Oct. 18, 2016 -- A group of injured veterans and guests recently joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for a day on the waves during a surfing excursion at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Participants spent the day enjoying the ocean and bonding with their service brothers and sisters.
This was the fifth year for the highly anticipated gathering, where volunteers from the community spent the day teaching wounded warriors how to surf.
"Surfing has always seemed like good exercise to me," said Army and Army National Guard veteran Richard Vreeland. "It's a sport I've always wanted to learn."