DALLAS, April 4, 2017 -- Professional ice hockey goalie helmet designs are the stuff of legends in the sports world. For decades, the designs have been funny, artistic, intimidating, and terrifying – each a reflection of the unique personality behind the mask. Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen's design is deeply personal; on his helmet sits the logo for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). At a recent veteran's appreciation night hosted by the Dallas Stars, he put his helmet up for auction to raise money and awareness for WWP.
"My family and I appreciate the sacrifices these veterans have made," Kari said. "As a player, I am surrounded by people who are there to support me through my career and whatever injuries I might face on the ice. In the same way, Wounded Warrior Project provides crucial support programs to veterans, and I am happy to be able to help them continue their mission."
MCALLEN, Texas, April 4, 2017 -- Local veterans enjoyed a special night of bonding at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group meeting. The event was an opportunity to raise esprit de corps among McAllen wounded warriors through video gaming.
Video gaming is used as a means of therapy and increasing morale for warriors on deployment and those who return home with injuries. It becomes more impactful for injured veterans with little to do in small towns who are wanting to connect with one another, their friends, and families in a safe environment.
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2017 -- The capital of the United States will host Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® as a group of our nation's heroes begins a journey toward recovery alongside their fellow warriors. President Donald Trump will honor wounded veterans served by WWP at the White House on April 6 during a special ceremony. This segment of the event continues a proud tradition among United States presidents that began in 2008 with President George W. Bush and continued through 2016 with President Barack Obama.
"For over a decade, Wounded Warrior Project has worked with our nation's leaders to improve the lives of wounded veterans and connect them with services that will empower them to live their lives on their own terms," said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 3, 2017 -- Tax season is upon us, and one tax company is joining forces with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to help with filings while also supporting our nation's wounded veterans. As part of this initiative, TaxSlayer® is donating a portion of its tax filing processing fees toward supporting, honoring, and empowering Wounded Warriors served by WWP.
"It is an honor to partner with Wounded Warrior Project and support those who have served our country," said Scott Rhodes, TaxSlayer Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We recognize the importance of helping non-profit organizations sustain their efforts and provide a hand to those in need."
SAN DIEGO, April 3, 2017 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) motorcycle event, injured veterans shared their love of the open road and experienced what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and connect them with fellow service members and their community.
Riders gathered in the morning, saddled up, and set out from San Diego to the March Field Air Museum. Warriors were given a private tour of the museum, where they got a glimpse of the evolution of military aviation in America.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 31, 2017 -- Veterans and family members got active and defied gravity during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) indoor rock climbing gathering. As they conquered physical challenges, warriors experienced what is possible at events where they can connect with fellow service members and their community.
After a brief course on safety and climbing fundamentals, participants were ready to tackle the wall. For three hours, the group explored traditional rock climbing, bouldering, and walking the slackline. Warriors enjoyed teamwork and camaraderie as they encouraged new friends, empowering them to master their fears and meet each activity head-on.
LACEY, Wash., March 31, 2017 -- During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event, injured veterans explored post-military career opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service. During the employment workshop, warriors networked, learned valuable job-seeking skills, and connected with fellow service members in their community.
Forest Service representatives shared key insights with attendees about using the service's database to proactively search for jobs. They also provided information about organizational opportunities warriors might not have been aware of, such as administrative services and information technology. Veterans learned about writing civilian resumes and got the inside scoop on how officials review hiring assessment questions.
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., March 31, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently joined Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) soldiers to support their mission to restore health and hope to injured warriors. Both groups participated in a bike ride to promote physical health and wellness. As they rolled through North Carolina's hills, warriors experienced what is possible at events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow service members.
Veterans pushed themselves and accomplished 18- and 30-mile rides through Southern Pines. These and other Physical Health and Wellness events are designed to reduce stress and combat depression while promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.
WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) submitted an official statement for the record to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health in response to H.R. 918, the Veterans Urgent Access to Mental Health Care Act. WWP is urging the Subcommittee to prioritize the mental health care needs of veterans with "bad paper discharge" and take time to fully address the challenges at hand.
In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, just more than three out of four (76.7 percent) wounded veterans who responded to the survey expressed they live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 40.6 percent reported they live with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Among veterans who use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care, approximately 23 percent reported sexual assault while in the military. Often, behavioral issues are what precede the diagnosis of these injuries and traumas.
MCALLEN, Texas, March 29, 2017 -- Local Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group veterans teamed up with Operation Supply Drop to increase warrior support in McAllen by incorporating a popular pastime among veterans. Through this collaboration, warriors received video game care packages, which will virtually connect them on their paths to recovery. The packages included gaming consoles, controllers, and video games.
"Operation Supply Drop's equipment donation is significant for veterans who don't have much to do in their small towns," said Issac Acosta, WWP Peer Support Group leader and U.S. Army veteran. "As more warriors come together, it will create a larger, stronger support network."