JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 11, 2017 -- You've probably seen them scattered around at the gym or being used by specialty fitness trainers. They're the peculiar foam tubes people lie and roll around on the ground with. They also have the least creative name imaginable – foam rollers. And craziest of all, they work – that's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) incorporates them into stretching routines after Physical Health and Wellness activities.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- The donors who support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors come from all walks of life. Most recently, a group of video game streaming friends from PoonGoonTV, a channel on YouTube, embarked on a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise awareness and funds for those WWP serves.
"Video game streaming has become a major form of entertainment, and it's something me and my friends are very new to," said Justin Oren, the channel founder. "We've only been doing this for four months and wanted to do something to make a difference, so we decided to raise some money for a charity."
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outlined several recommendations to improve the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program in a letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin.
VA recently announced a comprehensive review of the program and temporarily halted removing veterans' caregivers from it. In the letter, WWP proposes items that should – at minimum – be addressed during the review and acknowledges further work with VA and veterans service organizations is needed to fully examine issues experienced by caregivers and veterans. Recommendations include:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- Injured veterans are finding new career paths with the help of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Recently, WWP connected warriors with detailed career assessments. The online questionnaire determined abilities and identified 25 potential opportunities for each veteran.
"We use technology to advance the way talent and companies connect," Stephen Pollan said. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Pelocity, a Jacksonville-based company WWP is working with to identify careers for warriors.
The technology goes beyond a simple question-and-answer format. It creates a database of prospective jobs and spells out, in detail, what is necessary to apply.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2017 -- A group of warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gathered together to enjoy a 15-mile bicycle ride through San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ride included a stop at a memorial that honors the veterans of Puerto Rico who paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts dating back to World War I.
Among the riders was David Camacho, a 21-year Army veteran. For him, the rides are a familiar outing and a chance to stay in touch with local warriors.
"I've been to many Wounded Warrior Project events, but the bicycle rides are my favorite," David said. "Being part of this organization has allowed me to connect with other veterans back stateside and as well as here in Puerto Rico."
WILMINGTON, N.C., May 9, 2017 -- Town Creek was full of snakes, turtles, and owls when Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently took a kayaking trip along the coastal wetlands of the scenic Cape Fear River Basin.
It was a comfortable setting that showed Navy veteran Carla Bonanno and Marine veteran Nathaniel Hill how social gatherings like paddling on the black water tributary connect warriors with one another and their communities.
TAMPA, Fla., May 8, 2017 -- Women veterans recently attended an all-female Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop in Tampa, Florida. The week kicked off with team building exercises. Throughout the five-day experiential learning event, warriors committed to personal goals they'll focus on for six months after the workshop. While these gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with one another and their communities, warriors return home with a network of supportive bonds to help them on their roads to recovery.
"These opportunities are invaluable for female injured veterans," said Kendra Simpkins, U.S. Army veteran and WWP Peer Support Group leader. "There are so few women warriors, but our similar struggles connect us."
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn., May 8, 2017 -- Injured veterans were handed horseshoes when they arrived at Mohr Custom Knives. All left with new custom knives – and a connection forged during an afternoon of camaraderie while turning old steel into a new razor-sharp keepsake.
The recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering empowered all to explore the unique hobby of building a one-of-a-kind knife while sharing their everyday experiences.
"The best part of the entire day was learning something that I've always wanted to learn. It was also a very cool way to get introduced to Wounded Warrior Project events," said Army veteran David Cagle. "My knife turned out great."
ALPINE, Calif., May 5, 2017 -- Jennifer Olsen stepped from her comfort zone recently, leaving her service dog behind to stand atop a mountain and stare into the eyes of remarkable birds of prey.
All along, she felt empowered – and certainly at ease – with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans as they learned about the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry.
"I doubt I ever would have been able to do this in the past," Jennifer said. I will never forget us being in a circle and having a hawk fly to our glove. I'm happy this got me out of my comfort zone."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 5, 2017 -- Looking for an impactful way to support the warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) while also enjoying dinner and an auction in New York City? Then the 11th annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by USAA® is for you! Along with wounded veterans, WWP's most passionate supporters will be recognized for their service and dedication to WWP's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
"The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner is a chance to not only honor our warriors, but also those partners who make Wounded Warrior Project's mission possible," said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. "Our generous donors and partners allow us to connect wounded veterans with the programs and services that empower them to live their lives on their own terms. That same generosity enables us to provide those program resources at no cost to the warriors, caregivers, and family members Wounded Warrior Project so proudly serves."