ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 1, 2016) – Making University of Michigan football fans everywhere jealous, a group of wounded veterans attended a program event at the school’s training facilities, hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Wolverine trainers from the university were present to give specialized training to warriors, their caregivers, and families.
“They broke us down into teams with two coaches each,” said wounded warrior Courtney Carpenter. “The number of staff made it so every warrior could basically have their own trainer. The coaches were all very friendly and welcoming and did a short introduction describing their experience.”
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (August 2, 2016) – Transported back to a simpler time, a group of injured warriors recently enjoyed a scenic train ride through small towns with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as they connected with other wounded veterans in their area.
“Being around nature is something that just relaxes me,” said Air Force Reserve veteran Shirley Holbrook. “Being with other warriors who understand what I’ve been through helped me to feel calm.”
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (August 1, 2016) – For five years now, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has teamed up with the Boston Yacht Club and local fishing group Maddie’s Anglers to give injured veterans an afternoon of the sweet life on the open water. The most recent Operation Neptune saw more than 30 local fishing enthusiasts hosting more than 40 warriors on their vessels for a day of fishing.
While fisherman are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to coveted fishing spots, Operation Neptune was an exception to the rule. The anglers readily shared their secret locations with the wounded warriors they hosted, and the group bonded while reeling in striped bass. When the fishing came to an end, the entire group was welcomed at the Boston Yacht Club for lunch.
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – Extreme heat and a chance of thunderstorms threatened a recent fun day of footgolf planned with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), but the turnout and competitive drive kept everything moving forward.
Most warriors who attended were not familiar with the game of footgolf, but after a brief lesson, they learned quickly. Everyone came together and shared techniques with their teams.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 27, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families experienced the beauty of Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain via off-road Jeep rides during a recent program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
After taking in the rugged terrain of the triple-peaked mountain during the hour-long drive, participants stopped at a ranch, where wranglers treated them to a campfire, s’mores, and tales of Colorado’s rich gold-mining history. Gathered around the flames that reached toward the Colorado sky, the warriors and family members easily forged new relationships with their peers.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 27, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering, veterans met at a local theater and witnessed the cross-country journey of Daniel J. Egbert and Doc King, chronicled in the documentary “Project 22.”
The title of the film stems from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research analysis that indicated 22 combat veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. (This number was recently adjusted to 20.) During the documentary, Daniel and Doc speak with veterans, mental health professionals, and educators about the topics of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 22, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, veterans and their family members were given the opportunity to explore the benefits of nature through essential oils. Participants were able to concoct their own creations using a variety of ingredients.
ATLANTA (July 25, 2016) – America’s warriors have demonstrated time and time again that they are givers. Their sacrifices while serving in the military are proof of this, but it was also apparent at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) function at Habitat ReStore.
A group of injured veterans gathered to take on various duties at the store, a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that is part of Habitat for Humanity. It sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, and building materials. Warriors assisted in assorted positions, which included coordinating donations, organizing stock, and assisting customers.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 21, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, financial professionals volunteered their time and expertise to warriors and their guests with in- depth briefings on effective financial planning practices.
As participants met and mingled with fellow warriors, economic experts provided them with useful information about smart budgeting, estate planning, investing, and saving for retirement.
FOX, Ala. (July 20, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, wounded veterans experienced the Alaskan wilderness up-close-and-personal. These warriors learned firsthand what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and push their physical capabilities in a picturesque outdoor environment.
Participants traversed their way through the Wickersham Dome Trail of the White Mountains, home to dall sheep, caribou, and several other wildlife species. Just north of Fairbanks, the roads to these trails have been featured on the show “Ice Road Truckers.”