NEW YORK, April 8, 2019 -- Television host, actor, and best-selling author Mario Lopez is supporting veterans by hosting the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner®. The May 16 event at Gotham Hall in New York City recognizes warriors and highlights the most dedicated supporters who make WWP's mission to honor and empower wounded warriors possible.
"The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner is a truly special night for honoring those who have served," said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "We shine the light on warriors and supporters who are selfless in their pursuit of improving the lives of veterans and their families. I'm excited to have Mario Lopez here encouraging warriors on their journeys."
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2019 -- Twenty-nine wounded, ill, and injured post-9/11 service members and veterans visited President Donald Trump at the White House during the annual Washington, DC Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® – a multi-day cycling event that empowers injured veterans to overcome physical challenges and discover a sense of community among their fellow riders. The tradition of Soldier Ride participants meeting with the commander in chief began in 2008 and has continued annually.
"Each of you is a living testament to the outstanding determination, persistence, and patriotism to make this the greatest nation to exist on the face of the Earth," said President Trump. "Today, America proudly salutes you and all of your fellow warriors. You are incredible warriors.
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosted a reception at Union Station for wounded veterans and guests from congressional offices, partner military service organizations, and the Department of Defense. Among the invited guests was VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, who delivered the keynote address.
"We can never again in this country go through what we did in the 1970s and what we did to those who bore the battle thousands of miles away in the jungles of southeast Asia," said Wilkie. "Wounded Warrior Project, and many of the dedicated people who are here, have devoted their lives to saying never again will America treat those who have borne freedom on their shoulders the way they were treated so many years ago, and I thank you, Mike and René, for all that you do."
CINCINNATI, April 16, 2019 -- Air Force veteran Tamara ODonnell joined other female veterans at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) women's wellness weekend. This event brought together veterans and their family members in a welcoming environment that fostered healing and relaxation.
"I learned some cool new options for improving my life," Tamara said. "This event gave me a chance to bond with other women who understand my struggles. I met people I would like to stay in contact with as I move forward.
WASHINGTON, April 15, 2019 -- President Donald Trump will welcome over 30 wounded, ill, and injured post-9/11 veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to the White House Thursday morning. This visit is part of the annual Soldier Ride® in Washington, DC – a multi-day cycling event. Soldier Ride participants have visited the White House annually since 2008.
"It's a special honor for wounded veterans to visit the White House as guests of the president," said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "President Trump has generously hosted Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride participants over the last two years, and we look forward to continuing this tradition again this year."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 10, 2019 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is honored to be named the nation's best large nonprofit to work for in a report by The NonProfit Times. The leading nonprofit management business publication surveys employees at charities of all sizes, then ranks them based on provided responses.
WWP is the number one large nonprofit (250 or more U.S. employees) for the second year in a row and ranked seventh overall this year.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 10, 2019 -- Bradley Thomas appreciates every moment he gets to spend with his older brother Brian. A few months ago, Bradley wondered if he would ever see Brian again.
Both brothers served in the U.S. Marine Corps, they were both deployed to Afghanistan at different times, and they both struggled with physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home.
LAS CRUCES, N.M., April 2, 2019 -- Army veteran and Las Cruces resident Trinity Seay wanted to see what he is "still able to do despite having peripheral vision blindness." During a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) adaptive sports clinic in Orlando, Florida, he found out there's still a lot he can do.
This clinic connected warriors who have visual impairments to games that reignite the freedom of competitive and recreational sports.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 1, 2019 -- Army veteran and Charlotte resident Marvin Palmer joined other injured veterans from across the country at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) adaptive sports clinic at University of Central Florida in Orlando. This clinic connected warriors who have visual impairments to sports equipment and games, which reintroduced the freedom that comes with competitive and recreational sports.
Marvin, who gradually lost vision as a result of glaucoma, tried goalball. Using an audible ball containing metal bells inside heavyweight rubber, warriors focused on their ear-hand coordination to compete against other teams of four. The game is played competitively around the world.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 29, 2019 -- Army veteran and Gainesville resident Charles Miller had tried other adaptive sports, but not jiu jitsu. He expected a brief exchange with a sparring partner he could not see, but who sounded younger and stronger. Instead, he pinned his opponent down on the mat and subdued him. Charles, who has impaired vision, found new confidence and a sense of empowerment at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) adaptive sports clinic in Orlando, Florida.
Charles and a group of veterans from around the country, many of whom have visual impairments, participated in adaptive sports like jiu jitsu, rock climbing, goalball, and other games that reignite the excitement of competitive and recreational sports.