YPSILANTI, Mich., July 20, 2017 -- Golfers and yoga enthusiasts alike will join wounded veterans for a weekend to support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). At the Old Glory Golf tournament, golfers will enjoy 18 holes of play, along with auctions, raffles, food, and fellowship. This will be the fourth year event organizer and long-time WWP supporter Rich Keenan has planned the event in his community.
"Wounded Warrior Project needs the support of people in the community," Rich said. "I'm proud to continue to host this event for an organization that does so much good for so many of our nation's wounded veterans."
SAN ANTONIO, July 12, 2017 -- One of the major challenges many wounded veterans face when returning to civilian life is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosts physical health and wellness events around the nation, not just to get warriors moving again but to connect them with other local warriors who share their life experiences. Recently, injured veterans challenged themselves and connected during a ruck march.
"It was definitely great to be part of, and struggle, as a team again," said Air Force veteran Jeremiah Patterson. "It doesn't sound significant, but for me it was. That camaraderie is something I miss since being out of the military."
Rucking is an exercise routine that has gained popularity in recent years, especially among veterans who have transitioned to civilian life. The fitness regimen involves marching, hiking, or running with a weighted backpack, usually with a moderate to heavy weight, and according to the Go Ruck website (http://www.goruck.com/how-to-ruck/), the ideal pace is 15 minutes per mile.
SIMSBURY, Conn., July 8, 2017 -- The supporters of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) come from all walks of life, and their generosity allows WWP to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, Hayley Latorre of Simsbury, Connecticut, used her passions for baking and America's veterans to raise awareness for WWP.
"The bake sale was a community project that I started seven years ago," Hayley said. "However, I have involved the school to a much bigger extent in the last few years through the club I started – Wounded Veterans Strong. I decided to support Wounded Warrior Project because I was inspired by my father. And Wounded Warrior Project's mission and goals really moved me."
URBANA, Ill., July 7, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) relies on the support of donors, including individual supporters, corporate partners, and even groups of students. Their generosity allows WWP to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, Flightstar, which maintains aircraft frames, organized a charity golf tournament to support WWP.
"Many of our employees, their family members, or their friends have served in the military," said Amy Bumgarner, Flightstar service department business manager. "This connection to our service members was a large part of choosing a cause to receive support through our annual golf outing. We love the work Wounded Warrior Project does."
SEATTLE, June 29, 2017 -- One of the major challenges many wounded veterans face when returning to civilian life is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosts physical health and wellness expos around the nation, not just to get warriors moving again but to connect them with other local warriors who share their life experiences.
"Even though I may be nervous about meeting new people in the beginning, I quickly feel at home and at ease when I am around other veterans," said Army veteran Charlene Reilley. "Even if they are a different branch, we can all still relate in some way or another and have fun being ourselves. We can push each other to improve and be resilient. Once I got out of the Army, I stopped working out daily, for the most part. I would hike, kayak, and walk my dog, but nothing like the daily physical training first thing in the morning in the service. I ended up gaining weight and found myself being more stressed in a negative way – my temper got shorter and shorter."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 29, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently partnered with the City of Jacksonville and Florida State College of Jacksonville to teach veterans about entrepreneurship. The event connected warriors to local small business leaders who also happen to be veterans.
Jeff Shuford, an Army veteran registered with WWP, shared his story with the crowd. Nearly two years ago, Jeff started Tech From Vets with another veteran registered with WWP. The company develops phone applications and websites. Jeff hopes other warriors learned to use their experience to their advantage.
"Being a veteran in business is not a handicap; it can be an asset if properly marketed," Jeff said. "Without my military experience, I would just be some 'ordinary guy' who started a business. But with my background, I was able to promote my story through national and local articles."
SEATTLE, June 26, 2017 -- The supporters of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) come from all walks of life, and their generosity allows WWP to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, Will Bruin of the Seattle Sounders Football Club used his platform as a professional athlete to raise awareness for WWP and request support from his fans and followers during the Give Big Seattle charity event.
"The military was a big part of my local experience when I lived in Houston," Will said. "I played for the Houston Dynamo for the first six years of my professional football career, and one of the guys I knew there was very involved in the armed forces. I looked up to him when I was younger and just learning my way in the sport."
In December 2016, Will was traded to the Seattle Sounders. When he arrived in the Pacific Northwest city, he noticed something was very different right away.
GILROY, Calif., June 23, 2017 -- The donors who support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors come from all walks of life. Video game enthusiast and Twitch streamer Sean Brendle recently decided to use his passion to raise money for WWP during a 24-hour gaming marathon.
"At first I was just thinking about how I wanted to do something for Memorial Day," Sean said. "And when I thought about other people on Twitch doing charity streams, I linked up with a veteran buddy of mine and said 'hey, let's do a 24-hour stream for Wounded Warrior Project; maybe we can raise some money for them over the weekend.'"
Sean is an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army, and some members of his unit have connected with WWP previously. Some of his friends have also personally been empowered through the programs and services WWP offers, so Sean saw it as a way to also say thanks for assisting the people in his life.
ORLANDO, Fla., June 22, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) offers intense all-male, all-female, or all-couples multi-day mental health workshops for veterans coping with the invisible wounds of war. These help warriors and their families maintain healthy, meaningful relationships while pursuing life goals – free from the stigmas associated with mental health issues.
"I've been in a place where hope doesn't exist," said Joseph Willis, U.S. Army veteran from Titusville, Florida. "I've been blown up three times during my deployments, and now I struggle with post-traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury. I attended the mental health workshop because I wanted to find the hope I lost."