HOMESTEAD, Pa., Jan. 17, 2017 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) fitness workshop, injured veterans tried the popular workout known as TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise). Participants worked hard to improve their physical health and wellness and while doing so experienced the benefits of connecting with fellow service members.
"I decided to sign up for this because I am looking to improve my overall health," said Army veteran Michael Benner. "But what I ended up liking the most was the chance to be with other wounded warriors. It helps relieve stress and introduces us to people who have lived through the same things."
CINCINNATI, Jan. 16, 2017 -- One-by-one, children as young as 8 years old lined up to take instructions and learn about the game of football. Each was excited about the opportunity to learn from a professional who has won an NFL Championship and now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.
At the recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event, wide receiver Brandon LaFell wore a Bengals-orange shirt while teaching kids about technique, various routes, and catching the football with your hands.
ONTARIO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2017 -- A group of injured veterans witnessed nonstop hockey action during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outing to see the Ontario Reign take on the Stockton Heat. As warriors and their guests watched the game, they experienced firsthand what is possible at social gatherings that get them out of the house and connected with fellow service members.
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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 -- When Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) launched Warrior Care Network® last year, the goal was to provide treatment and coping skills for today's generation of wounded veterans. Now, Warrior Care Network has proven results.
Take Charles, a warrior who served deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq – and still serves our country today. He asked to keep his identity hidden because of his active-duty role and the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Charles suffered repeated concussions from numerous incidents on deployment.
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 -- Worn wooden paintbrushes and sticky, vibrant paint on fingertips can call on childhood recollections of art class. Warriors and families who attended a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event now have fresher memories of exploring their artistic talents – as they enjoyed a pizza dinner and learned about WWP programs at a local pottery studio.
Bernadette Blauvelt, whose husband is a National Guard veteran, owns B Creative Painting Studio and understands the importance of connection in the recovery process. She said she was thrilled to host warriors and families at this WWP gathering.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 12, 2017 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outing, a group of injured veterans and family members tried their hands at the truly unique game of Whirlyball. The gathering gave warriors a chance to connect with fellow service members and build support networks that help with healthy recoveries.
"Attending events like this gives us that sense of camaraderie we lost when we left military service," said Army veteran Jesse Babson. "For a few hours, we are back among that group of people where we can be ourselves. I don't know where I would be without the support of Wounded Warrior Project."
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 -- A group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans and family members got to experience a day in the life of a chocolatier during a recent candy-making connection event. As they dabbled in the creation of custom confections, participants experienced what is possible at social events that connect them with fellow service members in their community.
Under the guidance of an expert, the group set about making chocolates with a variety of molds and toppings. In addition to learning a new skill, they were able to bring their sweet treats home with them.
KEY LARGO, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 -- A group of injured veterans and family members had a front row seat to view the Florida Keys wildlife during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) snorkeling excursion. As they explored natural coral reefs, warriors experienced firsthand what is possible at social events that connect them with fellow service members in their community.
"My wife and I love snorkeling, and I was looking forward to meeting new warriors," said Army veteran Anthony Sanchez. "That was the best part – talking with my military buddies and sharing the experience of snorkeling with them."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 -- A group of injured veterans and family members took in a few hours of live professional wrestling during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outing to WWE® SmackDown Live. They also experienced firsthand what is possible at social gatherings that get them out of the house and connected with fellow service members.
More than 100 participants began their evening at WWP headquarters, where they dined on pizza while staff members informed them about programs and services that help in the recovery process. Through the generosity of donors, these programs are available to warriors and their families at no cost to them.
Wounded Warrior Project looks forward to working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Dr. David Shulkin to continue to reform the agency and ensure that veterans receive comprehensive, top-quality medical care. Throughout his time at the VA, Dr. Shulkin has shown a veteran focus, seeing patients regularly despite his administrative role. He also brings experience leading some of the nation’s top private sector hospitals. We're hopeful that, with his focus and experience, Dr. Shulkin will be able to transform and modernize the VA to make it a better health care option for wounded warriors, and to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.