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Eli Young Band Partners With Wounded Warrior Project

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The Eli Young Band partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support for injured veterans, to make the "Love Ain't" video. All four members of the Eli Young Band have family members who have made a career of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, making the partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project especially meaningful.

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WAUKEGAN, Ill., June 16, 2018 -- Injured veterans participated in a dynamic boxing class during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. Warriors learned how to maximize their workout with this empowering method of exercise at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) Gym at Oak Lawn.

"I'm always looking for ways to stay in shape and have fun," said Army Reserve veteran Levy Cordero from Waukegan, Illinois. "It was challenging, and it kicked up my cardio. I learned how to properly throw a left hook — always thumbs up when executing the punch."

WWP Physical Health and Wellness events are designed to connect warriors with training, skills, and techniques that empower them to reduce stress, combat depression, and live an overall healthy and active lifestyle.

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PLYMOUTH, Minn., June 16, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans hit frozen Medicine Lake with rod and reel in hand to go ice fishing for walleye, bluegill, or anything else willing to bite.

The fishing event honored members of the Armed Forces who have served our country and also recognized their families who sacrificed along with them. Holes 4 Heroes offered veterans a unique opportunity to participate in a sport with other service members and learn about ice fishing from experts, all while supporting a worthy cause.  

"My nephews were with me for the weekend and wanted to create a memory," said Army veteran Jason Noordmans. "The funny thing was that no fish were biting for us, but we did have a great time together."

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MESA, Ariz., June 15, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests empowered each other as they hit a rough hiking trail near Usery Mountain's Wind Cave during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event.

"I needed to get out and spend time with other veterans," said Army veteran Ruben Rojo. "It was a tough hike, but very worth it."

Isolation is one of the most significant struggles wounded warriors deal with after serving their country. It can be difficult knowing how to overcome that challenge and rekindle bonds similar to those formed in the military.

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LUQUILLO, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their significant others recently enjoyed an evening of romance and camaraderie at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Physical Health and Wellness event at Leñas Café.

"I loved this event because I saw couples getting along, smiling, talking, and sharing some love," said National Guard veteran Frankie Perez. "The music, wonderful Puerto Rican food, and the staff also made the gathering really enjoyable." He added that many returning warriors welcomed newcomers with open arms by sharing their experiences at previous WWP events.

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STURBRIDGE, Mass., June 11, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their families recently explored a living-history museum during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event. Old Sturbridge Village depicts daily life in Massachusetts in the early 1800s.

"I loved this trip to Old Sturbridge Village with my son, Max," said Army veteran Ekaterina Olchevski. "He tried a two-man handsaw, and it wasn't as easy as he thought. Also, it's a big plus to be surrounded by other veterans who understand what I've been through."

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., June 11, 2018 -- Talking to John Goubeaux is a lesson in positivity, but it almost wasn't. John nearly died seven years ago. He will forever have the scars from that day – visible and invisible.

During a steaming summer day in 2011, as he stood on the back of a truck working on a plane, the stifling heat overtook the Air Force veteran. He fell, landing head-first on concrete, shattering part of his skull.

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KNIGHTDALE, N.C., June 7, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests picked up barbecue tips and techniques from an award-winning pitmaster during a recent cooking class with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

"Learning from a professional barbecue pitmaster motivated me to sign up," said National Guard veteran Joseph Beemer. "There were some warriors I know who had attended this event before, so I knew it was going to be an inspirational class."

Pitmaster and owner of Prime Barbecue, Christopher Prieto, taught the class how to cook tacos three ways – using pulled pork, pulled chicken, and pork belly. Once they finished preparing their taco creations, warriors and guests sat down and enjoyed the feast while getting to know one another better.

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BAY MINETTE, Ala., June 7, 2018 -- Injured veterans spent time with horses during a family equine day with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Interacting with these majestic animals can help warriors on their journeys to recovery. Spending time with animals has been known to improve self-confidence, sense of well-being, and communication with friends and family.

"Some of my peers were there," said Army veteran Krystal Watts, "and we thought the equine therapy gave us an open and direct approach to face our fears of the past, present, and future. We were excited to be outdoors in a safe environment." 

Warriors and their families learned the basics of equine therapy during some groundwork and enjoyed quality time with the horses on a beautiful local ranch.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 6, 2018-- Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) Soldier Ride®team members invited injured veterans to bring their bikes in for a special maintenance and fitting class with instructors from Pro Cycling of Colorado Springs. Warriors learned how to maintain their bikes before hitting the road, ensuring they get their cardio workouts done safely and smartly. 

"Cycling is part of my recovery, and I wanted to learn about making it more enjoyable," said Air Force veteran Andrew McCoy. "I appreciated having local, experienced instructors who covered maintenance topics from a broad perspective and eagerly answered my questions."

"I joined the class to gain more knowledge on quick fixes while out riding," said Army veteran Reggie Barrett. "Also, I wanted to meet someone to ride with, possibly on the next Soldier Ride. Wounded Warrior Project means everything to me, and I look forward to hanging out with fellow warriors."

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