WASHINGTON, March 7, 2019 -- Today, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) testified before the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs, identifying some of the biggest issues that wounded, ill, and injured service members face. Rene' Bardorf, senior vice president of government and community relations for WWP, called on Congress to continue its oversight efforts, and identified key areas where the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can strengthen its impact on millions of American veterans, their families, and caregivers.
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo., March 7, 2019 -- Army veteran Chad Hamrick has enjoyed skiing throughout his life. But he really wanted to give snowboarding a shot, "to relate to my teenage sons who board." He had a chance to learn and connect with other injured veterans at nonprofit Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center as part of a day organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Warriors were paired with ski and snowboarding instructors for one-on-one learning. The instructors were attentive to the warriors' injuries and offered adaptive options.
WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will testify before the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs on the issues wounded, ill, and injured service members care about most. Rene' Bardorf, senior vice president of government and community relations for WWP, will speak with Congressional leadership and highlight where improvements need to be made on:
DENVER, Feb. 26, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Vail Resorts® are working together to help injured veterans in their recoveries. Vail Resorts just delivered on a year-long promise to help fuel WWP's mission to honor and empower wounded warriors.
Last year, Vail Resorts announced plans to support WWP in the form of a $1 donation for every season pass sold during the 2018-2019 season in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Epic Pass. The company surpassed the original target of $750,000 by donating more than $900,000.
RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 26, 2019 -- Army veteran Patrick May tried to jumpstart his health routine several times on his own. "I had spent two and half years in a dark place, and the Wounded Warrior Project health clinic and wellness coaching really gave me the push I needed," Patrick said.
Patrick participated in a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) health clinic in Richmond, where wounded warriors gathered to learn about healthy nutrition and exercise. Each clinic kicks off a three-month personalized, one-on-one wellness coaching program designed to fit each warrior's needs.
DENVER, Feb. 25, 2019 -- Wounded warriors and their families learned about healthy ways to prepare a meal at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. WWP helps injured veterans and their families learn to make healthier transitions from the structure of military life to civilian life where unhealthy choices abound.
"This class gave me the courage to try cooking at home," said Army veteran Chad Prichard. "Wounded Warrior Project does an amazing job of getting us out there, trying something new."
CHICAGO, Feb. 20, 2019 -- Army veteran Charles Hackney thought he was meeting a friend from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) over brunch. Instead, he was surprised with Super Bowl tickets for him and fellow warriors Anwar Berry and Joe Daniels.
"I showed up thinking a warrior friend needed me," Charles said. "One of the good things about Wounded Warrior Project is you have the opportunity to benefit other warriors. When they call, I'm there for other warriors, and I like to give back anywhere help is needed."
SHARON, Pa., Feb. 19, 2019 -- Teacher Molly Schuster and her fourth-grade students at Case Avenue Elementary School worked hard for the privilege of helping injured veterans. Students divided into groups, chose a cause to represent, and earned points for following directions, staying focused, and completing tasks. The group with the most points had chosen Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as their cause.
"At the beginning of the process, I showed the students a presentation on a wide variety of charities," Molly explained. "There were some local, some regional, and some national charities. After learning a little about each charity, each group selected a charity they wanted to work for. This was a great lesson for the students, especially because all the charities are deserving.
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 14, 2019 -- Wounded veterans took the field with some of the best football players in the world recently as part of Pro Bowl weekend. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connected more than 50 veterans and their families with help from the NFL.
"It's been great; a lot of these guys have been through a lot more than I have," said Army veteran Ernesto Jimenez.
But the veterans were not alone on the field. Ten NFL Pro Bowlers including Russell Wilson, Alex Mack, Anthony Sherman, and others surprised the group and joined in the on-field fun.
AUBURN, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2019 -- Army veteran Eric Haynes' life was spiraling downward when he went online to register with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). In the 10 years since his service in Iraq ended, he struggled with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
"I felt I was running out of places to turn," said Eric. "I was masking the pain of everything. I was at the end of my rope."
After attending a few WWP connection events, he received a call from WWP Talk program staff offering weekly telephonic, emotional support.