IRVINE, Calif. – A group of wounded veterans worked together to handle a challenge five stories high. The men and women recently conquered a massive ropes course at the University of California Irvine.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the group to experience the ropes course and encourage camaraderie as part of its Alumni program. WWP sees engagement as a key pillar of a wounded service member’s recovery. Shared experiences help build shared support. The Alumni program is one of 20 life-saving programs and services provided to wounded veterans, free of charge.
Mike Murphy is an Air Force veteran and WWP Alumnus.
“The ropes course broke down any barriers through our introduction, getting to know each other, and fun, entertaining warm-up games,” Murphy said. “We built trust in one another.”
Teamwork is a major part of the course at UC Irvine. Participants start the 360-foot long course by ascending a giant cargo net to the starting tree house. They then face challenges to reach the ending platform before a 120-foot zip line.
“I never had difficulty with climbing or ropes before my service-connected injury, but I was a little nervous about my current strength and ability level,” Murphy said. “Through the strength and encouragement of teamwork, every team member was able to combat their fears and complete each obstacle safely.”
There is even a video of the wounded veterans completing the challenging course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVQ1ToiR9Ow&feature=youtu.be