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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 22, 2017 -- With long-term financial and health support playing a critical, empowering role in the recovery process, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) created the Benefits Service program, helping injured veterans navigate the complexities of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA). With the support of generous donors, WWP files thousands of claims each year, immediately changing lives of injured veterans, their families, and caregivers.

As a VA-accredited organization with an approval rating above 90 percent for benefits claims filed in fiscal year 2016, WWP works individually with warriors to understand their unique needs, provide education on the claims process, advise them of benefit options, file benefit claims, and help obtain necessary evidence.

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WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) continues to enhance its board of directors with the addition of Cari DeSantis, President and CEO of Melwood®. DeSantis becomes the ninth member of the board of directors – all of whom bring strong backgrounds in sectors including business, nonprofit, government, military, and education. 

DeSantis joined Melwood in 2013 and has grown the organization to now employ 1,600 people in Washington, DC and Maryland. The nonprofit provides opportunities and jobs to people with differing abilities, including wounded warriors. Melwood supports children, youth, and adults working and playing how they choose.

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NOTTINGHAM, Md., March 20, 2017 -- Veterans and guests recently experienced the adrenaline rush of skydiving during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. While the chance to float on air was exciting in and of itself, participants experienced the additional benefit of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members in their community.

Over a pre-flight dinner, the group had the chance to make new friends and strengthen bonds with old ones. Soon after, participants were fitted for flight suits, and personal skydiving instructors led the warriors into the wind tunnel for an exciting ride.

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PHOENIX, March 17, 2017 -- Physical health and wellness training is one of the best ways for warriors to lose weight and get active again. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a TRX suspension training session for a group of warriors looking to tackle their fitness and health goals. It was also an opportunity for connection; like all WWP program events, this TRX training session supports the long-term recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them and their families to the unique bonds experienced during military service.

"I did not know anyone coming into this event," said Army veteran Eric Giambelluca. "But I did not feel nervous about meeting new people because Wounded Warrior Project staff were extremely welcoming and friendly in all of our communication about the event. I fit right in – right from the jump."

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PHOENIX, March 17, 2017 -- Physical health and wellness training is one of the best ways for warriors to lose weight and get active again. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a TRX suspension training session for a group of warriors looking to tackle their fitness and health goals. It was also an opportunity for connection; like all WWP program events, this TRX training session supports the long-term recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them and their families to the unique bonds experienced during military service.

"I did not know anyone coming into this event," said Army veteran Eric Giambelluca. "But I did not feel nervous about meeting new people because Wounded Warrior Project staff were extremely welcoming and friendly in all of our communication about the event. I fit right in – right from the jump."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 17, 2017 -- Pop/rock duo BREAKERBOX recently announced its support for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) with the release of a tribute music video featuring its new single "Miss You." The music video features a montage of military service members and their families in various stages of life surrounding a warrior's deployment overseas.

"'Miss You' was originally written by Scott Calandra and myself about the loss of our parents," explained singer Christina DeNee. "I lost my mother at age 10, and Scott lost his father at 14. We wanted the song to capture that feeling of loss and missing someone. We were recently contacted by a mother whose son was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who sadly took his life after struggling to adjust to civilian life. She played 'Miss You' at his funeral, which moved us beyond words..."

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 17, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently gathered for dinner and discussed the civilian career world with members of WWP's Warriors to Work® program. Beyond receiving employment counseling and resume guidance, warriors experienced the benefits of connecting with fellow service members in their communities.

Veterans and guests learned about helpful resources available through WWP career counseling. WWP staff assisted veterans with developing career blueprints and highlighting military-honed skills on their resumes. Through this service, warriors are able to translate their skills and work ethic to civilian opportunities.

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BELTON, Texas, March 15, 2017 -- Catching fish can be challenging, especially with a bow and arrow. Even more difficult is trying to do it at night. Injured veterans discovered that during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) bowfishing event. As they attempted the unusual outdoor activity, warriors experienced the benefits of connecting with fellow service members in their communities.

Warriors arrived armed with bows and flood lights. They took to the water in search of Belton Lake fauna, including longnose gar, sunfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Driven by the excitement of a new sport and making several catches, the group did not return to shore until almost midnight.

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CHICAGO, March 15, 2017 -- Veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gathered to cheer on the Chicago Bulls as they faced the Denver Nuggets. Bonding over a love of live basketball, warriors and guests experienced the benefits of connecting with fellow service members in their community.

Nearly 60 wounded veterans and their guests were allowed onto the court before the game, where they took group photos while the teams performed warmup drills. The group was further honored just before halftime, as the crowd roared when "The Chicago Bulls Welcome Wounded Warrior Project" appeared on the marquee. Though the Nuggets took the game 125-107, the group appreciated the action and camaraderie.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo., March 14, 2017 -- Having recently hit a huge milestone of serving more than 100,000 combat warriors – in addition to their families and caregivers – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) fully launched one of its highly popular pilot programs. WWP Talk is a mental health support line that is an invaluable, non-clinical form of emotional support for warriors, family members, and caregivers. The program has been a lifeline to more than 2,500 participants to date, with 92 percent reporting satisfaction with WWP Talk in 2016 alone.

"Warriors coping with trauma return home with a loss of confidence in all they once believed and trusted," said Ryan Kules, WWP mental health director. "They become increasingly isolated when society lacks understanding for their injuries and experiences, and it results all too frequently in the tragedy of suicide. What warriors desperately need is just one person who can be there for them consistently to provide that first step in reconnecting to life and gaining a sense of empowerment. This is why the WWP Talk program is crucial – and why it's been so successful."

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