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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is excited to announce the launch of the seventh annual WWP Alumni Survey. Information gathered from these annual surveys is critical to fulfilling our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Based on previous survey findings, WWP has enhanced existing programs and developed new ones, like the groundbreaking Warrior Care Network™. We will use the results of the 2016 survey to do the same.

WWP Alumni should receive an email in early March with an individualized survey link. As a token of our appreciation for taking the time to complete the survey, respondents will receive an exclusive WWP Maglite flashlight!

Please contact the WWP survey team with any questions regarding the 2016 WWP Alumni Survey at 1.844.WWP.2016 or surveysupport@woundedwarriorproject.org.

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MIAMI, Fla. – In a whirlwind of smells and colors, a group of wounded veterans and their caregivers gathered in Coral Gables to express their creativity. The all-female event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) was open to WWP Alumni and family support members.

Participants enjoyed savory Cuban cuisine paired with sparkling cider and fruity club soda, and united to impart their unique takes on one theme for their vibrant paintings: Moonlight Cherry Blossoms.

Elizabeth Giraud, whose husband is a retired Army veteran, said she had an amazing time at the event. “I found it encouraging to meet ladies who are in similar circumstances I can relate to.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” The quote attributed to Argentinian Jose Narosky talks about the toll of battlefield experiences. It sits as one of the centerpieces for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, just around the corner from congressional offices in Washington D.C. The quote and memorial serve as a reminder of the sacrifice service members make when they serve our nation, and the importance of taking care of them when they return home. 

In the Cannon House Office Building Thursday, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) called on Congress to take action to help wounded veterans with two key policy items: covering the cost of starting a family for veterans who lost that ability due to injury, and fixing a loophole in health care coverage for some wounded veterans.

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ATLANTA – Living out a night of wild political intrigue, murder, and food, 48 Alumni from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently enjoyed a night at Agatha’s Murder Mystery in Atlanta. This event was hosted as part of the Alumni program, designed to bring wounded veterans together through shared experiences.

“The staff greeted us as we arrived, told us what we would be doing, and had us sit in groups at tables,” said Martha Glover, Navy veteran and WWP Alumna. “Once we sat down, the murder mystery began.”

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — A special gathering for wounded veterans who endured the elements to learn a new, unique skill in Vermont. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited a group of WWP Alumni to tighten their ice leashes, pull on the gloves, and brave the chill to learn the basics of ice climbing.

WWP’s Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services offered to injured service members, their families and caregivers. Through social gatherings like these, WWP works to help wounded veterans find each other so they can heal through the power of bonding and camaraderie. Many returning service members face similar challenges readjusting to civilian life; spending time with other combat veterans who have shared experiences is a significant part of their recovery.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Since inception, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has taken advocacy for today’s generation of injured veterans seriously. Today, the organization’s advocacy efforts continue to be paying off for wounded veterans in a major way as the financial impact of two important laws spearheaded by WWP is now beyond $2.6 billion. 

The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) provides automatic traumatic injury coverage to all service members under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program. TSGLI bridges the gap between when a veteran is seriously injured, and when Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability payments begin.

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Honolulu (February 24, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families hit the beach in Hale Koa at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni event. WWP partnered with AccesSurf to give 40 WWP Alumni and their family members a fun day at the beach. AccesSurf is a nonprofit organization that helps those with disabilities surf and participate in water sports. 

“We helped AccesSurf set up the event, and get some of the other participants squared away with the event,” said Army veteran Ionatana Ala. “It was a good opportunity to give back and support the local community. WWP is relatively new to Hawaii, and it’s good to see them engaging the veterans here.”

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HOUSTON, Texas, (February 23, 2016) – Ready to practice their aim, share some tips, and show off their shots, a group of wounded veterans met for a day of skeet shooting and camaraderie. Some traveled from as far as Alvin, Texas to be marksmen for a day with the 12-gauge shotguns at Carter’s Country shooting range and united with other wounded veterans at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni event.

Many wounded service members face similar challenges adjusting to their injuries and civilian life. The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and brings injured veterans together. The friendly competition of skeet shooting is a popular event for WWP Alumni.

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FORD ISLAND, Hawaii, (February 23, 2016) – The first Annual "Swing Back to the '40s" dinner, dance, and silent auction had attendees in full swing at Pacific Aviation Museum's Hanger 37 in Pearl Harbor.

Wounded veterans and their family members were invited to attend the dinner and dance gala as part of the WWP Alumni program. The Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services from WWP and offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year.

A local swing dance club hosted mini-lessons throughout the evening so all could enjoy a jitterbug and learn to swing dance. Many injured veterans and their families got a feel for the era as they toured the museum and historical setting.

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – Injured service members and their families volunteered at the South Jersey Food Bank recently to bond, while making a difference in their community. The effort was a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni activity and included time during lunch to learn more about WWP programs and services.

The WWP Alumni program generates support through shared experiences. Many wounded veterans and family support members face similar challenges adjusting to injuries and civilian life; by bonding at events like this, they learn they are not alone.

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