MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y., Feb. 10, 2017 -- What can be better than a smoked barbecue dinner with brisket, burnt ends, and pulled pork? Enjoying that meal with fellow veterans and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)! Warriors and guests recently met up at Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint to chow down and connect with fellow service members in their community.
"Attending gatherings like this reminds me people out there still care," said Army veteran John Abreu. "As a civilian on your own, people don't know who you are or what you did. But when I'm out with Wounded Warrior Project veterans, people around us know who we are and what we've done. They thank us for our service. It's a great feeling."
FRISCO, Texas, Feb. 10, 2017 -- Injured veterans revisited their childhoods during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event at the National Videogame Museum. As they toured displays and tested their skills at the arcade, warriors and guests experienced what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow military families.
Museum displays showcased the history of gaming from the 1970s through today. Music by Run DMC, Pat Benatar, and other artists added to the authenticity of each era's displays as warriors enjoyed sharing their pasts with their children.
COCOA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 9, 2017 -- Injured veterans and guests tested their nerves, skills, and balance during a recent Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) outing to Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures zip line and ropes course. As they made their way over high bridges and climbed rope web obstacles, participants experienced firsthand what is possible at connection events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow service members.
"Gatherings like this allow me to venture out of the house and relax – even on my worst days," said Navy veteran Katherine Diaz. "I love team-building and having the chance to connect with other veterans. Being part of Wounded Warrior Project gives me hope and shows me I matter."
HOUSTON, Feb. 8, 2017 -- During the biggest week in football, the NFL and USAA® teamed up to honor wounded veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and celebrate the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LI.
The NFL hosted the NFL Experience Driven by Genesis – pro football's interactive theme park – where football fans enjoyed interactive games, youth football clinics, and player autograph sessions. Within the NFL Experience, USAA hosted 33 warriors at the USAA Salute to Service Lounge, an exclusive area for current and former military members and their families to enjoy complimentary food, games, and NFL player meet-and-greets.
WINCHESTER, Va., Feb. 8, 2017 -- Ten local warriors recently attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop at a mountain lodge and ski park in Pennsylvania. These gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with others in their communities.
"I never thought I'd do something like this," said Dave Han, 25-year retired U.S. Marine Corps officer from Winchester, Virginia. "But I chose to trust the environment because other veterans were too. We all understand and respect each other, and we were all there for a common purpose – to heal."
WWP's Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP) addresses the mental health needs of warriors returning from war. Through the generous support of donors, WWP offers veterans specialized mental health programs and services – tailored to each warrior's specific needs and free of charge.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Feb. 7, 2017 -- Veterans recently attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) fitness workshop where they learned new techniques for managing their physical health and wellness. The class featured a diverse assortment of workouts, including yoga, boxing, weight training, and cardio, so veterans of all fitness levels could benefit.
Army veteran Chris Coffee found his new favorite workout was the one he didn't expect to like.
"I always viewed yoga as this thing that guys just didn't do," Chris explained. "It really caught me off guard. The stretching and breathing exercises completely relaxed me and calmed me down. It was my first event with Wounded Warrior Project, and I was very impressed by how accommodating it was."
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) named René Carbone Bardorf to the role of Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations today. The move will strengthen WWP and reinforce its commitment to service members, veterans, and their families.
As the organization's senior representative in the National Capital Region, Bardorf will work collaboratively with federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs; congressional leaders; businesses; and other nonprofit organizations. This effort will enhance the impacts of WWP's direct programs and charitable investments to empower this generation of wounded veterans and raise public awareness of the needs of our nation's warriors and their families.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2017 -- Injured veterans explored the tranquil side of physical health and wellness during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event in Washington D.C. As participants learned the fundamentals of yoga, they experienced the benefits of attending social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow veterans who are also looking to improve their overall health and increase their mobility.
Bluebird Sky Yoga owner and instructor Jennie Light accommodated participants of all ability levels and skill sets as she led the group through different physical postures and introduced them to the eight limbs of yoga. The first four limbs help refine personalities, gain mastery over the body, and develop an energetic awareness of ourselves. The last four limbs deal with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017 -- The biggest event in football is almost upon us, and fans everywhere are getting ready. Couches and big-screen TVs are being positioned perfectly in living rooms, and party plans are being finalized. And when families and friends finally gather to watch the season-ending game, the million-dollar commercials, and the halftime show, they will also feast on snacks. Lots of snacks.
HONOLULU, Feb. 2, 2017 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, injured veterans cleaned and performed maintenance on planes and helicopters. The activities were part of the museum's Adopt an Aircraft program. In addition to helping their local community, participants experienced the benefits of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.
WWP volunteers toured the museum with a group from Team Red, White & Blue before getting to work. Participants cleaned the aircraft in Hangar 79, pausing only for lunch, which gave them an opportunity to get to know one another.