NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2016 -- Dan Webb and Mike Koziak had both been to New York City before, but never for an event like the one they were attending. They came this time as honored guests – of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and of the University of Michigan Wolverines basketball team. Both warriors were named honorary captains of the team at the 2016 2K Classic, a basketball game that benefits WWP.
For more than a week, Dan and Mike were engrossed in the world of the Wolverines – watching film with the teams, attending practices, and getting glimpses into their world.
OTTAWA, Kan., Dec. 21, 2016 -- During the holiday season, festive decorations can really tie the room together. At a recent Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) outreach event in Ottawa, Kansas, a group of injured veterans and their guests put their creative skills to the test by crafting floral holiday centerpieces.
Gina Hill, whose husband is an Army veteran, came up with the idea for the gathering. She felt the small, artistic atmosphere would be a great place for warriors to connect with one another and form new friendships within their local veteran community.
BALTIMORE, Dec. 21, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans, family members, and guests recently spent a day exploring the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The event was one of WWP's gatherings that educates warriors, their families, and caregivers about additional programs and services to help in the recovery process, creates support through shared experiences, and builds camaraderie by connecting injured veterans to one another and warrior families.
Often, the road to recovery begins by getting out of the house and back into an active lifestyle. WWP program events and activities are held in settings that accommodate physical injuries and social anxieties and often introduce warriors to the benefits of connecting with other injured veterans and getting involved with their communities.
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 21, 2016 -- A group of injured veterans and family members explored the tranquil side of physical health and wellness during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event at Total Harmony Yoga, a veteran-run establishment in Hill Country Village. 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 service members who are also looking to improve their overall health and increase their mobility.
Instructors accommodated participants of all ability levels and skill sets as they led the group in a slow hatha yoga class – a style of yoga that focuses on attaining balance through breathing and light stretching.
CHANDLER, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2016 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona, a group of injured veterans joined Rally Point Arizona for a 5K run to honor fellow service members. As participants ran and volunteered, they experienced what is possible at social gatherings that connect them with other wounded warriors and family members.
Marine veteran Janelle Happersett was happy to be a part of something that honored the nation's veterans – an experience made all the better with the support of family.
"Wounded Warrior Project gives me a healing outlet by providing situations that bring veterans together socially," she said. "We get to meet people to support us on our journey. These activities allow families to spend time together outside of the house, creating memories and forming new bonds."
LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 20, 2016 -- The afternoon air might have been chilly, but that did not stop a group of injured veterans from venturing to Memorial Stadium with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to see the Cornhuskers take on the Maryland Terrapins. Warriors and family members enjoyed the game and the chance to spend time with fellow veterans. WWP outreach events provide opportunities for socialization – in environments that accommodate physical injuries and social anxieties.
More than 50 warriors and guests showed up ready to cheer for the Big Red. With grouped seating, they were able to watch the game while connecting with old friends and forming bonds with new ones. The lively atmosphere was amplified when the Cornhuskers routed the Terrapins with a final score of 28-7.
HAYS, Kan., Dec. 20, 2016 -- At a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outreach event, wounded veterans dusted off their trap shooting skills, firing into clay pigeons and targets during a competition. The full day of activities gave participants the opportunity to connect with fellow warriors – as well as their local community.
The day began with a safety briefing, and soon after, the contest began in earnest as warriors went up against shooters from a local college. After the competition, warriors went to another part of the shooting range where they were able to test their newfound skills in a variety of courses.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 19, 2016 -- More than 30 wounded warriors attended a two-day, 30-mile Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® in the River City recently. Soldier Ride is more than just a bicycling event – for many warriors, the ride is the first time they venture outside their homes to connect with their communities. As such, Soldier Ride has often served injured veterans by introducing them to WWP's long-term health and wellness programs, which include physical training, outdoor events, and nutrition classes.
"I've seen Wounded Warrior Project change lives, and I've seen how it has improved my marriage," said Durrant Spencer, a U.S. Navy wounded warrior from Jacksonville, Florida. "Wounded Warrior Project sticks with its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. I see what it does. I see the changes it makes – it has done it in my life, it's done it in my friends' lives, and it can do it in the next warrior's life."
CLEVELAND, Dec. 16, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently teamed up with OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com and the Cuyahoga Veterans Service Commission to provide career opportunities for hundreds of Ohio warriors.
Dozens of companies gathered at Quicken Loans® Arena for the Veterans Career Expo. They talked with warriors interested in careers in finance, healthcare, staffing, and many other industries.
"The prospective employers were very personable, and the veterans service organizations were really helpful," said Army veteran Dylan Smith. "The Department of Veterans Affairs even had a table to sign up veterans for health care on the spot."
frequently with his wife Vicky until a traumatic brain injury turned his life upside down.
After retiring from service, John started a career as a civilian safety officer. While working in the sweltering summer heat, John fell from a vehicle, landing on concrete eight feet below. John fractured his collarbone and slammed his head on the pavement. The impact caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and bleeding on his brain. As his brain swelled, doctors decided to remove a portion of his skull. They kept that part in a special freezer for 10 weeks while they waited for the swelling to subside.