JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 12, 2019 -- Injured veterans recently gained insight on career development from Jacksonville employers and veteran support organizations at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) career counseling event.
In a casual roundtable setting, warriors and family members learned about writing resumes, interviewing, and negotiating job offers, among other topics.
"It gives me a different perspective of the employers: how they view us, and what we're giving off to them," said Carnelius Mitchell, a Navy veteran. "The transition of the gap between military and civilian, that's probably the biggest benefit I received. I was able to actually connect with the employers on their level and make sure they understand what veterans can do, how we can fill the void, and how we can better benefit them in the civilian employment workforce."
SAN DIEGO, July 9, 2019 -- Injured veterans recently learned how LinkedIn can help their career search during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) workshop. Warriors and their family members learned how to build a strong profile and use the tool to land their dream job.
"Being involved with Wounded Warrior Project is like finding a big family that is always there for you to help with every step on the road to continue to excel as a civilian," said Army veteran Macarena Cardenaz. "Wounded Warrior Project is a place where I can ask questions to those who already walked the road as a civilian before me."
MACON, Miss., July 1, 2019 -- Through sweltering heat, a group of veterans and supporters kept the memory of Army Sgt. Travis Cooper alive during a 22-mile hike recently in eastern Mississippi.
"It spoke volumes for them to go to that extreme," said Travis' aunt Levon Cooper-Grace.
Travis died after his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq in 2005.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 27, 2019 -- More than eight million Americans live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And the latest Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Annual Warrior Survey shows nearly four in five (78.2%) of the veterans it serves report living with the symptoms of PTSD.
Imagine waking up in terror, covered in sweat. And that's when you can even go to sleep in the first place. Days tormented by flashbacks, evenings spent in isolation. Weekends spent on edge and avoiding others. These are some of the symptoms of PTSD.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 25, 2019 -- Mark Wahlberg and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) partner AQUAhydrate™ promoted physical health and wellness for wounded veterans at a recent F45 Training workout in West Hollywood, California. Wounded warriors participated and spent time with Mark and brands that are passionate about veterans.
"We're excited to join forces with Wounded Warrior Project," said Mark, who's an AQUAhydrate™ investor and board member. "AQUAhydrate is proud to support its mission to honor and empower wounded veterans."
The workout was challenging, and Army veteran and wounded warrior Jeremiah Pauley feels it was worth it for the camaraderie.
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) joined experts from medical, veteran, and military communities at a symposium on veterans' mental health, hosted by The Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
Kacie Kelly of the Bush Institute Military Service Initiative moderated a panel that focused on networks of healthcare for service members and veterans. U.S Navy Lt. Alex Balbir, WWP independence services and Warrior Care Network® director, spoke about how WWP is combating the signature wounds of the global war on terror — post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The panel also featured Caitlin Thompson of Cohen Veterans Network and Marsden McGuire of the VA Office of Mental Health.
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) director of government affairs, Derek Fronabarger, testified before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee today on the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) benefit. Fronabarger highlighted areas where Congress can take action, specifically around the existing financial and timeframe limitations of the benefit.
"As younger veterans grow, get married, or have families, their needs in an adaptive home change dramatically," said Fronabarger. "This is also true for those whose disabilities get worse over time. A veteran with a prosthetic leg might be fine to walk around their home when they are in their 30s, but they might require a motorized wheelchair when they become senior citizens. We recommend the full Specially Adapted Housing benefit be reinstated to those in the program every 10 years to accommodate moving and normal life changes."
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) shared how it is addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) – the signature wounds of the global war on terror – during Washington Post Live's The Changing Face of American Veterans event.
"There is a crisis in mental health in America and a need for a national conversation about mental health and suicide prevention," said Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Richardson, WWP vice president of independence services and mental health. "According to the National Center for PTSD, nearly 500,000 service members have been diagnosed with PTSD. And of the warriors we serve, 78% report living with PTSD. Wounded Warrior Project is at the front of developing innovative approaches to improve mental health outcomes for veterans."
HOUSTON, June 7, 2019 -- At a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) yoga class in Houston, injured veterans and their families connected with each other – and baby goats.
Tameka Toussaint, her husband Irvin (U.S. Army), their 7-year-old daughter, and Tameka's sister Tamara, were not deterred by the baby goats' occasional shoelace-chewing.
"Our daughter discovered that goats are fun to play with, and she also learned some yoga poses," Tameka said. "It was a new experience, and it was good for us as a family and good for our individual physical activity.
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2019 -- For thousands of service members who served in the post-9/11 generation, environmental and chemical hazard exposures have carried real and potential health risks. Service members and veterans seem to be suffering from uncommon illnesses or unusual early onset of more familiar diseases like cancer. To combat this new trend, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has announced the formation of a new coalition dedicated to tracking and advocating for legislation related to harmful environmental exposures during military service.
The Toxic Exposures in the American Military (TEAM) coalition will research currently available data to develop resources and advocate for additional exposure treatment for veterans and active duty service members. There are more than 165,000 veterans enrolled in the VA's Burn Pit Registry – all of whom served on or after 9/11 and were deployed to a base or station where open burn pits were used.