WASHINGTON, May 20, 2020 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosted a livestream about the challenges veterans are experiencing as the COVID-19 pandemic affects Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits processing and exams. VA Undersecretary of Benefits Dr. Paul Lawrence spoke with WWP Financial Wellness Vice President Tom Kastner about veteran benefits.
"With the onset of COVID-19, we put a stop to in-person C&P tests on April 2," Lawrence said. "The reality of the situation is that there are a lot of folks we have to see in person when it comes to testing, so we are working with some of our medical vendors to expedite this. Veterans should expect a communication on this within a month. But I want to make clear — if you miss a C&P exam because you don't want to leave your house, we will not deny your claim, and you will not lose your place in line."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 15, 2020 -- Social distancing is not good for Natasha Carter. The Army veteran from Georgia already lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of her time in Iraq.
"Dealing with PTSD can take a toll on someone in this type of environment," Natasha said. But she has found an outlet with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and video games.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 5, 2020 -- Some of the nation's most severely wounded warriors are facing unique challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic. While these warriors are encountering the same problems as others finding hygiene and medical items, they remain at an elevated risk without the needed supplies.
These men and women suffered severe injuries and now live with the help of a family caregiver. Many also receive assistance and services from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its Independence Program. That program serves nearly 700 warriors and 500 caregivers around the nation — each living with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or a neurological condition.
MARATHON, Fla., May 1, 2020 -- Wounded warrior Tonya Cook spent part of her day training dolphins. The 20-year Navy veteran learned about eating habits, how dolphins play with one another, and how fast they swim. She did so with more than a dozen other veteran families, all without leaving her living room.
"It's new; I actually like it," Tonya said. "For me, the dolphin experience was really awesome."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 28, 2020 -- Injured veterans and their families are among those heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Many of them face financial crises due to unemployment, while others battle mental health issues as we practice social distancing.
From the safety of their homes, supporters can help these warriors by registering a livestream through the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) COVID-19 Relief Fund, hosted on Tiltify. WWP initially pledged $1,000 each to 10,000 registered warriors most impacted by COVID-19. In less than a week, that $10M pledge was fulfilled. But the need remains to serve additional warriors who are struggling financially.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 21, 2020 -- With couples spending extended time together in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is launching virtual mental health workshops to support the relationships between wounded veterans and their significant others.
The 12-week program will consist of teaching sessions and various exercises on friendship, communication, trust, commitment, and conflict management, among other topics. Couples will complete the sessions and activities both in a virtual group setting with other couples, as well as on their own with guided materials. Approximately 10 couples will attend each workshop, which will be facilitated by WWP staff from the organization's Combat Stress Recovery Program.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 17, 2020 -- These past months have been a struggle for many, including injured Army veteran James Martin. Health problems paired with social distancing have made each day challenging.
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ORLANDO, Fla., April 13, 2020 -- A normal Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group meeting would bring a dozen wounded veterans together in Orlando to distribute food to families in need or just bond over an evening at a driving range. But our times are anything but normal right now. Social distancing, working from home, and shelter-in-place orders have kept veterans and others from gathering.
WWP is taking these in-person meetings to the digital world to ensure warriors don't feel isolated. Some of the organization's 74 Peer Support Groups recently started meeting via teleconferencing software.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 9, 2020 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is committing $10 million to help meet the immediate needs of warriors who are in financial crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic. The veterans charity is asking companies and foundations to join the effort to support our nation's heroes by matching the $10 million commitment.
Starting immediately, WWP is reaching out to all its registered warriors to identify those who are in financial distress due to the loss of household income related to the coronavirus pandemic. Those unable to meet their needs for food or shelter can apply for emergency funds. Warriors who qualify will be granted $1,000 per household to help pay for groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, and other essential expenses. This support, combined with our mental and physical health and wellness programs, will aid the most vulnerable veteran families in our community.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 2, 2020 -- Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has launched a campaign to reach nearly 20,000 wounded veterans and family members this month who may be experiencing additional stress.
Known as Operation Check-In, the initiative is providing warriors and family members with support in the areas of mental, physical, and financial health, as well as connection. Nearly 500 WWP teammates will be making calls to spread awareness about the organization's virtual and telephonic programming available to all registered warriors.