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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.”
“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.”
Celebrities Support Veterans Through Powerful 5K
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 15, 2019 -- Celebrities are supporting wounded veterans and their families by sharing on social media their preparation for and participation in the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®.
WWP is grateful to have support from Colton Underwood from The Bachelor, L.A. Chargers quarterback and former Ohio State football national champion Cardale Jones, San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers, and Marine veteran and online fitness personality Michael Eckert.
Celebrities are encouraging their social media followers to support warriors by donating to their personal Carry Forward team pages, and to participate in the #MyForward campaign, which identifies unique ways each participant prepares for the event.
Wounded Warriors Move to Healing Rhythms During Dance Lesson
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Aug. 14, 2019 -- National Guard veteran Evamarie Duff doesn't mind driving two hours to network with other veterans. Recently, she even put a little spring in her step by joining a dance lesson organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
"I grew up dancing," Evamarie said. "Where I currently live, I don't have that option – it's a small town in the middle of a corn field, about 50 or 60 miles from a dance studio."
The dance lessons are offered through WWP's Physical Health and Wellness program. The goal is to get warriors active and on a path to recovery, both physically and mentally.
Physical Activity Key to Injured Veteran Recovery
PHOENIX, Aug. 13, 2019 -- Denise McCarson lost more than 60 pounds in just over four years. As an Army veteran who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, she manages several service-connected injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and chronic back and neck pain. In 2014, Denise joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) with hopes to regain an active lifestyle. The decision changed the course of her life.
"If it weren't for Wounded Warrior Project's physical health and wellness programs, I'd probably still be at home," Denise said.
Since her involvement with WWP, Denise has also significantly increased mobility in her neck and upper back. It was one of her biggest achievements, allowing her to grow a larger list of activities she can enjoy. She has since participated in many WWP activities over the years, including yoga and hiking. Recently, Denise even joined other veterans at a wheelchair lacrosse clinic.
Warriors Gain Confidence, Sailing Skills, and New Connections
NEWPORT, R.I., Aug. 12, 2019 -- Injured veterans were empowered to steer the boat, grind the winches, and trim the sails at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) sailing class in Newport.
"I wanted to be on the ocean without feeling uneasy," said Army veteran Dawn Tomei. "I do have a slight fear of the water, and having the backing of other veterans gave me the courage to be on the sailboat. I had never been sailing and had no previous knowledge of how to sail."
Connecting with fellow service members and people in the community gives warriors support they can count on. The opportunity to try something new and be surrounded by other veterans encouraged Dawn to sign up for this and several other WWP activities in the past year. She first heard about WWP from a female veteran with whom she served in Iraq.
Wounded Veterans, Employers Find Common Ground at Camp Pendleton
OCEANSIDE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2019 -- Wounded warriors recently met with more than 40 employers at a Camp Pendleton networking event organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Marine veteran Shane Davis visited with company representatives and got an edge on his job search. Shane recovered from injuries to his foot and shoulder after his service in Iraq and enrolled in school to pursue a civilian career. He will graduate in December with degrees in information systems and aeronautics.
He's finding out WWP career resources are a good tool for him. "There were major companies there, from Starbucks to Deloitte, and other big-name companies," Shane said.