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“If I can be a part of an organization that helps people heal and find peace, then the end of my service is not the end. I’m just serving in a new way now.”

TANIKI RICHARD
Wounded Warrior

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Wounded Warrior Project, Congressional Members, and Veterans Affairs Officials Discuss Women Veteran Needs

WASHINGTON — Last week Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Chief Program Officer Jennifer Silva and Vice President of Connection and Wellness Tracy Farrell hosted discussions with VA Chief of Staff Tanya Bradsher, VA Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Kayla Williams, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), and Representative Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6). Topics covered a range of women veterans’ issues, including military sexual trauma and access and improvements at VA facilities.

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Wounded Warrior Project Helps Family Find Independence

LINCOLNTON, N.C., July 20, 2021 -- Janice Huss didn't hesitate when she heard her son was hurt. She immediately made the nearly six-hour drive with her husband to be at Morgan's bedside 12 years ago.

"As he started to wake up, we noticed he was not going to be his normal self," Janice said.

The young Army veteran had suffered a heart attack and seizures because of a previously unknown medical condition. A lack of oxygen led to an anoxic brain injury.

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Wounded Veterans Take Swings at PNC Park

PITTSBURGH (July 13, 2021) – Air National Guard veteran Leo Robert had never played in a virtual home run derby. So when he stepped up to the “plate” and gripped his Playstation® controller inside PNC Park, home of MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, he was not sure what to expect.

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New Law Will Improve Access to Mental Health Care for Veterans in Rural Areas

President Joe Biden’s recent signature on the Sgt. Brandon Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act of 2021 will soon expand mental health resources to veterans in rural areas. The new law marks important progress for one of Wounded Warrior Project’s (WWP) legislative priorities. In April 2021, WWP testified to the needs of rural veterans during a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health.

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New Report Highlights PTSD Risk Factors in Women Veterans

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 25, 2021 -- A special report from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) shows that women warriors who experienced military sexual trauma (MST) are nearly three times as likely to experience moderate to severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compared to women warriors who did not experience MST.

The research is presented in a WWP white paper, Women Warriors: Understanding PTSD Risk in a Rapidly Growing Population. With PTSD Awareness Month in June, WWP is analyzing the risk factors that contribute to PTSD symptoms in women veterans registered with WWP. Women represent the fastest growing segment of the veteran population and experience unique challenges, including higher rates of MST than men.

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“There are so many wounded veterans out there who need help and support. The more people who help, the more motivated I get to be a better person.”

JAMES RIVERA
Wounded Warrior

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