ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (July 18, 2016) – When you have perfect weather, a sunny day, and a large body of water, there’s only one thing to do – enjoy it. Thanks to a program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Adaptive Adventures of New Mexico, a group of wounded veterans, their caregivers, and family members were able to do just that.
“This was the first program gathering I’ve been to like this, and it was absolutely amazing,” said wounded Army veteran Lindsey Kibler. “Everyone had an excellent time – we couldn’t have gotten a nicer day, so how could you not enjoy it?”
MYSTIC, Conn. (July 18, 2016) – On a perfect-weather day, injured warriors took in stunning scenery during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) sailing trip through the Long Island Sound. The experience gave veterans a chance to get some fresh air while socializing and healing with fellow service members.
“One of the things I enjoyed most about this program event was the opportunity to be with other warriors and warrior families,” said Ryan Hinton, Army National Guard. “There’s something unique about the friendships veterans have with each other. They can be very healing.”
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (July 14, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, warriors and their families had an up-close-and-personal experience at Niagara Falls, one of the nation’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.
With the falls at peak season, the participants were treated to a true adventure via private guided tours. While taking in the beauty of their surroundings, they enjoyed the company of like-minded individuals who have gone through similar experiences while serving in the military.
SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2016) – When taking a trip to the beach, picking up trash may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but 30 veterans and their family members gathered to do just that during a recent program with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and partner organizations Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues.
“I’ve always been a person who has wanted to give a helping hand to any cause that will benefit another person,” said Jesus Perez, Army veteran. “WWP programs help me heal my injuries by connecting my mind and spirit.”
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group and The Mission Continues Orlando 1st Service Platoon teamed up for a special deep-sea fishing event at Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral, Florida, where injured veterans experienced firsthand what is possible when exposed to social events that get them out of the house, engaged with their service brothers and sisters, and committed to their healthy transition to civilian life.
“Sometimes veterans need to be pushed beyond their comfort zones,” said Dan Kalagain, a U.S. Army veteran who is also a WWP Peer Support mentor and leader for The Mission Continues Orlando 1st Platoon. “This was a fun, exciting outdoor event that really motivated the warriors to get involved and engage each other – despite the size of the fish we were catching,” he joked.
SAN ANTONIO (July 12, 2016) – Veterans do not always make it to networking events, particularly when child care is a factor. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently teamed up with Family Endeavors to alleviate that problem during a family get-together.
Warriors and their families participated in the event, which focused on socialization and team-building activities. The adults spent the beginning of the afternoon getting to know each other while Family Endeavors provided free child care. During the second part of the day, the teenagers and older children were incorporated into the group for an adults-versus-kids family game. Toward the end of the day, each family convened to design their own family crests.
INDIANAPOLIS – While many of us are recovering from a long weekend celebrating our nation’s independence, one warrior is returning to work after giving part of himself to save a life. Andrew Coughlan gives of himself every day in his job at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). He helps wounded veterans and their families in their healing process. Recently, though, he went even further, donating his kidney to a fellow Army veteran in need.
Andrew volunteered to give his kidney to Russell Broughton after seeing a post on social media. Russell said he turned to Facebook as a last-ditch effort. Doctors diagnosed Russell with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2013. Mayo Clinic describes FSGS as the development of scar tissue on parts of the kidneys. Those scars impair functionality, causing less blood to be filtered.
Summit Opportunity Included Mountain Hike and CrossFit
EL PASO, Texas (July 6, 2016) – Warriors and their families enjoyed the opportunity to ascend mountains and reach pinnacles – both literally and figuratively – in a recent Physical Health and Wellness summit. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) guided participants on a 4.4-mile hike, taught CrossFit basics, and reviewed nutrition principles.
Active duty Army soldier Jaime Hernandez said his favorite part of the weekend was the hike at Mount Cristo Rey.
ATLANTA (June 24, 2016) – For Matthew Barnes, recovery started with the search for a sticker. Had Matthew not gone to woundedwarriorproject.org looking for a decal to put on his father-in-law’s new work helmet, he may have never come across Warrior Care Network™.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) partnered with four top academic medical centers across the country to form Warrior Care Network in 2015. This world-class health network provides mental health care for wounded veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) regardless of where they are located, and the care being provided is free of charge.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2016) – According to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Dr. Hosea Humphrey about advances in science and medicine on June 15, 1816. Fast-forward 200 years and advances in medicine are making it possible for veterans who suffered catastrophic injuries to start families. They just need a little help from Congress.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought families to Capitol Hill last week including Wednesday, June 15, 2016, to meet with congressional delegates. Those meetings helped explain the importance of passing a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive services.