SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2018 -- Easily one of Southern California's most scenic areas, the Silver Strand on Coronado Island was the perfect backdrop for biking warriors to get in some light exercise, enjoy nature, and connect with fellow veterans during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering.
"Getting outside, using my bicycle, and interacting with other veterans were my main motivators for signing up for this event," said Army veteran Anthony Graves. "For me, it's a chance to network and talk to other warriors about similar struggles."
"One warrior came all the way from Corona," Anthony said, "which is pretty far from San Diego. That's some motivation. All that way to support and be with his fellow warriors."
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 23, 2018 -- Injured veterans learned how to create breakfast meals with a healthy twist from culinary experts during a recent cooking class with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Experienced chefs at L'Ecole Culinaire guided warriors through the process of preparing healthy morning meals that satisfy the body and mind. Studies indicate people who eat a healthy breakfast do better in school or at work and eat healthier throughout the day.
"Since joining Wounded Warrior Project, sometimes the only thing I have to look forward to is having their program events on my calendar," said Coast Guard veteran Aaron Bean. "Opportunities like this cooking class are huge motivators for me and help me engage with other veterans."
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) urges Congress to take action to improve care and health coverage of veterans and their caregivers.
This week, Congress considered several legislative proposals to attach to a bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. Among those proposals not adopted was a measure that would have increased community-based health care options for all veterans and expanded a post-9/11 generation caregiver program to veterans who served before September 11, 2001.
The proposal, based on the bipartisan Caring for Our Veterans Act would also enhance telemedicine, improve oversight on prescribing opioids, and allow better access to walk-in care.
PASADENA, Calif., March 22, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited injured veterans to fine-tune their golf swing, connect, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the San Gabriel Mountains. Professional golf instructors taught warriors proper golf-form fundamentals to improve their game.
"I liked the interaction with other veterans," said Army veteran Christina Cortez. "We all participated in skill-building games to sharpen our golf swings. The instructors were genuinely thankful for everything we've done for our country, and that alone touched my heart. We felt appreciated."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 17, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) supporters raise awareness and funds for the organization in many ways. Some have used their art to show the courage of wounded veterans; others have written songs and donated proceeds from the music. Anthony Martino put his technical expertise to work by making a unique, custom-designed gaming PC to auction on eBay. He plans to donate the funds raised from the auction.
"I had no formal training on building computers," Anthony said. "I learned as I went. Back in the 1990s, I'd add a CD burner, a graphics card, a hard drive, or a processor. Eventually, I had done all the parts and just knew how to build an entire system. But in the past year I've really stepped up my game, building computers with specific themes that stand out from the boring boxes of yesterday."
A few examples of his handiwork are throughout his home: his wife received a custom Hello Kitty computer, and he also built a police interceptor computer with flashing red, white, and blue lights.
SAN ANTONIO, March 14, 2018 -- For most people, purchasing a house can be an intimidating process, especially for those unsure about using home loan benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Veterans United Home Loans of San Antonio attempt to bridge that information gap with monthly VA home loan seminars. Recently, WWP veterans networked with fellow service members while learning about getting the most from their benefits, saving money, building equity, and shopping around for the best deal.
"We're looking for a new home," said Winetta Wilson, wife of Army veteran Jerome, "and we didn't know much about VA loans when we purchased our current home. We felt like we needed to be more educated going into our next home purchase, and this gathering certainly helped us understand the VA loan process better."
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 13, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests learned the old-world art of glassblowing at a recent Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) event. Warriors socialized and learned how to create one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments with the help of local glassblowers.
"Wounded Warrior Project gave me the opportunity to get out more, practice some of my therapy, and do things I may never have thought of doing on my own," said Air Force veteran Don Tucker. "This glassblowing class fits in that last category. I was able to take my wife and daughter, and we had a great time."
The main tool used for glassblowing is a four-foot long iron or steel blowpipe. The glassblower, called a gaffer, dips the blowpipe into a furnace to capture a glob of molten glass on one end and then manipulates the rod and glass at a workstation to produce a unique creation.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 9, 2018 -- The sheer spectacle of seeing Earth's largest creatures in their natural environment helped lure injured veterans and their families out on a chartered boat for an educational and exciting Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) whale watching adventure.
From January through May, California gray whales migrate from Alaska's Chukchi and Bering seas to three wintering lagoons in Baja, Mexico. Around 20,000 grays move up and down the California coast, making it a great time for whale watching.
"I signed up for whale watching to get quality time with my family and connect with other veterans," said Army veteran Christopher Kojima. "We saw several whales up close, which is something we would not have been able to do without the help of Wounded Warrior Project. My daughter was absolutely excited to be part of this!"
CORONADO, Calif., March 7, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests recently experienced the healing powers of nature and fellowship during an invigorating spinning class on the beach with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Warriors enjoyed the beauty of the Pacific Ocean while using the latest in stationary biking equipment.
"This was a totally new workout experience for me," said Navy veteran Shaon Rillon. "The exercise, sense of camaraderie with my fellow veterans, and the chill setting was very inspiring and relaxing for me."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 6, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took its legislative agenda to congressional leaders while testifying on Capitol Hill.
WWP tirelessly advocates for our nation's finest, improving the lives of over half a million warriors and their families. In today's testimony, WWP focused on community-based care, mental health, and long-term care for the most seriously wounded veterans.
"The challenges our warriors face at home are as significant as they have ever been," said Rene Bardorf, WWP Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations. "We need Congress to ensure these men and women receive the care they earned serving our nation."