TAVARES, Fla., April 17, 2018 -- Injured veterans and guests recently participated in a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event where they kayaked on picturesque Dora Canal, sometimes called "the most beautiful mile of water in the world."
Army veteran Jeremy Caldwell realized the importance of teamwork and cooperation as he and fellow warriors maneuvered down the waterway and took in the scenery.
"I love the feeling of being part of a team," Jeremy said. "We all were supportive of each other as we set a rowing pace together. Our group of warriors came from different branches of service, but we were still able to connect with each other because of our common experiences."
MAGDALENA, N.M., April 13, 2018 -- Wounded warriors and their guests toured the Very Large Array, a collection of astronomical radio observatories, with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Warriors and guests connected as they got a behind-the-scenes look and learned more about the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's massive radio-antenna telescope system.
"It was great to be able to take my daughter to see this impressive technology," said National Guard veteran Frank Montoya. "The scientists were very informative and open to our group's questions."
The antennas are on the Plains of San Agustin, and each dome-shaped antenna is 82 feet in diameter. The data from each antenna combines to provide scientists with incredibly clear images of space.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 12, 2018 -- Indoor rock climbing is becoming a popular exercise among injured veterans due to the complexities of the enormous rock walls and the reward felt when reaching new heights – or even peaking the top. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gave warriors the opportunity to experience this empowering method of exercise in a group setting.
"I deployed in support of Operations Sharp Edge Africa, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and more," said Steve Dabroski, U.S. Marine Corps veteran. "My invisible injuries affected my entire outlook on life, but with Wounded Warrior Project's programs – especially those focused on fitness – I am putting the pieces back together after many years."
PERRIS, Calif., April 11, 2018 -- Warriors recently took to the skies for a breathtaking view of the California countryside from 4,000 feet up. They bonded with one another on a hot air balloon ride with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Hot air ballooning was the first successful human-carrying flight technology that allowed man to see Earth's beauty from above while experiencing a healing freedom of spirit.
"I wanted to attend this event because it was new for my wife and me," said Navy veteran Greg Williams. "The views were amazing, and we conquered our mutual fear of heights through this exciting flight."
ATLANTA, April 10, 2018 -- Injured veterans from across the region recently attended a three-day Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Physical Health and Wellness clinic in Atlanta. The clinic kick-started a 90-day educational coaching program that focuses on meeting health goals set by warriors with the greatest physical needs, such as obesity and high body mass index. The program also helps warriors meet goals relating to nutrition, mobility, and mental wellness.
WWP's Physical Health and Wellness program clinics are designed to reduce stress, combat depression, and promote an overall healthy and active lifestyle.
Warriors were tested for range of motion and learned about adaptive exercises. A sports nutritionist taught proper nutrition and hydration, and the clinic experience was rounded out with a Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX) workout demo.
GARDEN CITY, Utah, April 7, 2018 -- Veterans and their guests gathered to bond with other warriors and play winter sports during a day ski trip on Beaver Mountain with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Veterans with injuries could opt for adaptive winter equipment to help them enjoy the slopes better.
"I thought this would be a great opportunity to get out and do something with other veterans," said Air Force veteran Chris Lines. "I met some great warriors while snowboarding and enjoying the great outdoors."
Activities like skiing and socializing with other veterans can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 30.3 percent indicated physical activity helps.
LAS VEGAS, April 6, 2018 -- Injured veterans and guests recently participated in a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event where they learned how to operate heavy-duty bulldozers and other construction equipment.
Event participants climbed up into their bulldozer cabins and tested the controls of the incredible machines. Warriors gained confidence as they moved obstacles and earth and made new friends during a sunny, stress-relieving afternoon.
AUSTIN, Texas, April 5, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests picked up cooking tips from trained culinary professionals during a recent cooking class with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
"The cooking class was awesome," said Army veteran Michael Rash. "I was able to create a great meal and spend time with other veterans and their spouses."
Warriors were guided through the process of preparing delicious culinary delights, including a winter greens salad with walnuts and gorgonzola; parmesan polenta with roasted wild mushrooms; seared pork tenderloin stuffed with Tuscan kale and pancetta; and espresso chocolate budino with hazelnut cream.
PHOENIX, April 3, 2018 -- Pin-seekers, rejoice – Wickenburg Ranch, an active lifestyle community in historic Wickenburg, Arizona, is supporting Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) through a Great Hole-in-One Challenge. Presented in partnership with Infiniti® of Scottsdale, the contest will challenge participants to make a hole-in-one on any hole from any regulation tee during the challenge qualification period, now through April 22.
Those with laser-like accuracy can report their hole-in-one to the Sports Shop staff along with a required witness after the round to qualify for the Challenge Final on April 28 at the Big Wick course.
SAN ANTONIO, March 28, 2018 -- At Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in San Antonio, Stanley Black & Decker presented local staff with a check and toured the office. For years, Stanley Black & Decker has supported wounded warriors with tool giveaways and events that have empowered them and their families.
"We are humbled and honored to empower our country's warriors," said Jon Howland, Vice President, DEWALT Marketing. "Through our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, we're able to help make a difference in the lives of men and women who've sacrificed so much to keep us safe. I'd like to thank the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) for their participation in this particular donation. We collected signatures of support from various members of the MCAA family during their national convention here in San Antonio. It is truly a tremendous honor and privilege to be part of both Wounded Warrior Project and the MCAA."