HOUSTON, Nov. 8, 2016 -- It is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), the two signature wounds of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
Still, a 2010 study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found that of nearly 50,000 GWOT veterans with new PTSD diagnoses, fewer than 10 percent appeared to have received evidence-based VA mental health treatment for PTSD, and 20 percent of those veterans did not have a single mental health follow-up visit in the first year after diagnosis.
More than 31,000 Veterans Respond to Survey
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2016) – New data shows wounded warriors face a greater need for help from veterans service organizations, the government, and their communities than ever before. While there is improvement in some areas, according to an annual survey by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), warriors still face significant challenges in physical and mental health, access to quality care, and employment.
More than 31,000 warriors registered with WWP completed the 2016 WWP Annual Warrior Survey, making this one of the largest annual collections of data about this generation of wounded veterans.
Learns Coping Skills at Life-Changing Mental Health Workshop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 -- In her almost 200-day deployment to Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, U.S. Airman Jessica Daubenmire's base was attacked 149 times – three were rocket attacks, and the rest were from mortars. "I remember one evening in July of 2007, I heard the sirens signaling an incoming attack while I was in my bunk," Jessica said. "The explosion was so violent; it was as if someone was shaking me by my shoulders."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) staff will get into the spirit of Halloween Friday, Oct. 28 by inviting local wounded warriors and their families through their doors for an afternoon of fun and healing.
Festivities are set to begin at 4 pm. Children will be escorted through the adorned halls of WWP's "not-so-haunted" house on the first floor, picking up treats and goodies at stops along the way. Each stop will be decorated with a different theme, accompanied by costumed WWP team members.
SUNBURY, Ohio, Oct. 19, 2016 -- For many warriors, the experiences they had in the military were some of the best of their lives, filled with fellowship, meaning, and direction. To help wounded veterans connect with others who have shared military backgrounds, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) partnered with the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson® dealership for motorcycle riding lessons.
"It felt great to be with other warriors like myself once again," said Marine Corps veteran Lawrence Christian. "I could relax and enjoy myself because the people there weren't going to judge me for my injuries. The Harley team treated us like royalty, and it was an excellent experience."
SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 18, 2016 -- Warriors celebrated their recoveries during a recent workout hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). During this physical health and wellness gathering, warriors connected with others in their community and learned about living healthy and active lives.
"We did a workout called, 'A Fight Gone Bad,'" explained Army veteran Genevieve Durnin. "During this workout, we rotated between 6 stations, including one station of rest. So we got to a station and worked out for one minute then moved on to the next. It was very challenging, but I loved it."
WWP staff interacted with the warriors during the workout, offering instruction and encouragement where needed.
FORT PIERCE, Fla., Oct. 18, 2016 -- A group of injured veterans and guests recently joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for a day on the waves during a surfing excursion at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Participants spent the day enjoying the ocean and bonding with their service brothers and sisters.
This was the fifth year for the highly anticipated gathering, where volunteers from the community spent the day teaching wounded warriors how to surf.
"Surfing has always seemed like good exercise to me," said Army and Army National Guard veteran Richard Vreeland. "It's a sport I've always wanted to learn."
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14, 2016 -- Wounded veterans face many challenges when they return to civilian life. Among those obstacles is maintaining a healthy diet. Years of regimented physical training and dieting during military service can be a far cry from civilian experiences. That is why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently helped a group of injured veterans explore healthy lifestyles through nutrition and cooking techniques.
"I didn't realize that cooking grains and using a healthy recipe could be so fun and enjoyable," said Wendy Samaroo, wife of Army veteran Timothy. "I even had so much left over that I was able to share some food with my sons and husband, who was happy to see me enjoying the program gathering."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2016) – Veteran service organizations (VSOs) and other advocates are congratulating Congress for approving fertility coverage for wounded veterans and their families. Without this coverage, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 veterans would be unable to start or grow their family due to their injuries sustained in service to our country. The passage of H.R. 5325 fills a longstanding gap in health care services available to veterans.
Due to injuries ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to damage to the spinal cord, many veterans returned home from combat having lost the ability to have children naturally.
GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 22, 2016 – Go Pack Go! Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a group of injured veterans – and diehard football fans – for an afternoon of living sports history at Green Bay's famous Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
"I was so excited when I learned about this opportunity," said Marine veteran Gregory Kolaske. "I was born in Wisconsin, and I bleed green and gold. This stadium is as legendary as the team that plays there."