CAROLINA BEACH, N.C., May 17, 2017 -- Veterans and children reconnected by pitching tents, building campfires, riding waves, and competing to make the best s'mores during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) beachside camping trip.
The campout put veterans and their kids in a comfortable setting that empowered them to learn additional ways to communicate during the healing process.
"It was a chance to get away – literally – from the commotion of the city and do things at our own pace," Army veteran Daniel Allums said. "It was very therapeutic to rest and relax, to chill out. It was really important for me to reconnect with my daughter. We both got a lot out of it, especially me."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 16, 2017 -- Carrin Eyman enjoyed her bruised thigh so much she couldn't wait to show her husband, Navy veteran and former mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Eyman.
The bruise was liberating because it proved she has the mental and physical ability to control her environment. And she wore it proudly.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) family members of veterans recently learned a different way to fight through adversity – with their fists and knees. During a self-defense class, law enforcement instructors gave them hands-on directions for how to fend off an attacker.
AIEA, Hawaii, May 16, 2017 -- Richard Pittman and his family had just finished tossing their last bag on the trash pile when a local man sitting on a park bench nodded in approval toward the suddenly sparkling Pearl Harbor Bike Path and said the words: "Thank you."
Richard, an Army veteran, joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently to give back to the community by clearing litter from one of the country's most scenic parks. All Richard wanted in return was to connect with veterans and relish the gratitude of those who could enjoy their coastline trail again.
STEWARTVILLE, Minn., May 15, 2017 -- Generous donors from all walks of life and of all ages allow Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, a talented young singer named Kendall Clausen used her skills to support WWP through a performance with her school choir.
"For a school project, we had the option to do whatever we loved doing to support Wounded Warrior Project," Kendall said. "I chose to write a song. I sat down and came up with the idea to write about a soldier going off to war. The song focused on how in the end, the soldier is not going to give up no matter what happens. The song is called 'Warrior,' and I want to donate half of whatever money it raises to support Wounded Warrior Project.
HAYS, Kan., May 15, 2017 -- Even when Sean Kelly missed his target during a recent trap-shooting event, he remained on point while connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans.
The group competed for gold, silver, and bronze coins while shooting at clay pigeons, but Sean said the real prize was getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.
"My aim has changed since 2007 for sure, but that truly wasn't what the event was about," the Army veteran said. "It was about the brotherhood and sisterhood we developed with each other. I will always remember the new friends I made there. It was an amazing experience."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 14, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced the names of award recipients to be honored at the 11th annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner®, presented by USAA® (United Services Automobile Association). At this gala, WWP's warriors and most passionate supporters will be recognized for their service and dedication to the nonprofit's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
Stanley Black & Decker will receive the "Empowerment Award" for devoting time to raising awareness for needs of the wounded. Harley-Davidson® will receive the "Service Award" for dedicating time to grassroots efforts in support of the warriors served by WWP.
VICTORIA, Texas, May 12, 2017 -- As a self-proclaimed car guy, Army veteran James Hoke filled a need for speed at the recent Texas Mile car show.
And Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) stepped in to satisfy the need to be connected with other warriors.
"I appreciate the camaraderie of being with warriors and seeing so many incredible cars," James said. "Just like the other warriors at the show, I'm a gearhead."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 11, 2017 -- You've probably seen them scattered around at the gym or being used by specialty fitness trainers. They're the peculiar foam tubes people lie and roll around on the ground with. They also have the least creative name imaginable – foam rollers. And craziest of all, they work – that's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) incorporates them into stretching routines after Physical Health and Wellness activities.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- The donors who support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors come from all walks of life. Most recently, a group of video game streaming friends from PoonGoonTV, a channel on YouTube, embarked on a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise awareness and funds for those WWP serves.
"Video game streaming has become a major form of entertainment, and it's something me and my friends are very new to," said Justin Oren, the channel founder. "We've only been doing this for four months and wanted to do something to make a difference, so we decided to raise some money for a charity."
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outlined several recommendations to improve the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program in a letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin.
VA recently announced a comprehensive review of the program and temporarily halted removing veterans' caregivers from it. In the letter, WWP proposes items that should – at minimum – be addressed during the review and acknowledges further work with VA and veterans service organizations is needed to fully examine issues experienced by caregivers and veterans. Recommendations include: