MELBOURNE, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – If you can’t witness the soft orange, reddish pinks, and variations of yellow melted into a Florida sunset, why not take a brush to canvas and bring the calming colors home. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought a group of wounded veterans and their families together to share and create their version of a painted sky. Meeting in relaxed environments with peers who share common bonds is a key support initiative for the WWP Alumni program.
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (May 11, 2016) – Challenging themselves to go deeper and reach beyond their comfort zone, a group of wounded veterans recently attended a diving class organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Hosted at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, the activity was part of the WWP Alumni program, which helps wounded service members by providing them a chance to forge relationships through empowering activities in relaxed and supportive environments.
Adam Sandoval’s voice has the earnestness and enthusiasm of a person who is on top of the world, giving off the mood of an emotional high similar to what athletes who have just won a championship sound like. Even over the phone, his passion for his cause is evident in every syllable.
It seems a strange attitude, given that Adam has spent the last 18 months on the road, without end. Sharing the open road with him has been Adam’s Chihuahua Scooter, who has been his furry co-pilot and faithful companion for the entire journey. Scooter has a namesake in Adam’s effort to raise awareness on behalf of wounded veterans: ScootinAmerica.
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 9, 2016) – Decommissioned and restored to its World War II destroyer escort structure, the USS Slater serves a new mission as a National Historic Landmark, recently taking aboard wounded veterans from this generation, including their caregivers, and families during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni event. The USS Slater is the last of its kind still afloat in the United States, and its war history serves as a flagship of honor for military service members across the country.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (May 4, 2016) – Injured veterans made a mad dash through the downtown streets of Anchorage, Alaska at the 2016 Running of the Reindeer race during the world famous, 10th annual Fur Rondy festival. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni and family support members were among more than 1,300 people who gathered from around the world to run, skip, jump, and dance with reindeer to help raise funds for Toys for Tots.
“My wife and I were excited for this event,” said Aaron Velvick, U.S. Army veteran and WWP Alumnus. “She was very excited because she’s from South America where she didn’t get to see snow, let alone reindeer,” he joked.
"We will support them for a lifetime in a manner that inspires trust and confidence."
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A Navy veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is suffering from respiratory problems after being exposed to burn pits while supporting operations on the ground in Iraq. Every breath requires more effort than expected, and every breath reminds him of Iraq. He is financially strapped and in need of treatment for what he thinks might be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, he has yet to successfully claim his benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Many wounded veterans begin their post-military lives with stories like this — stories of struggling to navigate the VA to secure their benefits — benefits they have been promised and benefits they have earned.
ORLANDO (April 27, 2016) – The Invictus Games are coming to Orlando, Florida, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be there to support the event and the competing wounded veterans. The Invictus Games are the only international adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured active duty and retired servicemen and women. For years, WWP has funded organizations that share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, and, this year, WWP is proud to be recognized as an official partner of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016. As part of this partnership, WWP will be providing bicycles that can be modified to meet the needs of the athletes participating in the cycling events as well as other technical support.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (April 25, 2016) – For years, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has funded organizations that share the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through a continued partnership, WWP will be investing $9 million in The Mission Continues, another veteran service organization (VSO) that gives injured veterans a chance to use their skills and talents to give back to local communities.
“Today’s veterans volunteered to serve in the military,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. “Upon transition from military service, many are looking to serve again. When we help them find ways to contribute here at home, everyone benefits."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 20, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families learned firsthand not to wear bright colors when encountering a leopard. Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) hosted a group of Alumni and family members at the Tallahassee Museum where they enjoyed private tours of native Florida animal exhibits, shared lunch and companionship, and had the chance to zip line over live animal enclosures.
“It was thrilling to see the leopard jump up and try to attack the zip liners flying above her cage,” said Kim Starling, U.S. Army injured veteran and WWP Alumna. “When someone with bright colors would soar above her cage, she would try to pounce at them. It was an amazing sight.”