NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 6, 2018 -- Warriors and their families viewed exhibits, dating from the age of dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event.
Visitors virtually traveled back through time as they browsed through artifacts of centuries past, many of which were discovered by the most talented archaeologists in the world. The Yale Peabody Museum is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to helping people understand the Earth's history geologically, biologically, and anthropologically.
"I was interested in learning and connecting with other veterans, and I wasn't disappointed," said Frank, a Navy veteran. "Our personal tour guide was a vet who shared his knowledge and historical facts. I met several warriors and their families and had an amazing time getting to know them at the exhibits and during dinner."
CHANHASSEN, Minn., June 5, 2018 -- Veterans interested in the challenge of handgun training and target practice gathered during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) class at the Stock & Barrel Gun Club. This stress-relieving activity offered warriors camaraderie and a chance advance their handgun shooting skills.
"I haven't been shooting since shortly after I left the military," said Army veteran Keith Rose. "When my peer support group announced this event, we were all very enthusiastic about the opportunity."
Peer support plays an important role in the recovery process as injured veterans rely upon one another's learned experiences when managing day-to-day challenges. This special type of therapy reintroduces injured veterans to the unique bonds experienced during military service. Rarely duplicated in the civilian world, these relationships act as a secure bedrock that paves the road to recovery.
GILBERT, Ariz., June 4, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their significant others shared quality time as they experienced the thrill of big-band era music and quick-time dance moves during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) swing dance lesson.
These dance lessons are offered through WWP's Physical Health and Wellness program, designed to get warriors active and on a path to recovery, both physically and mentally.
"This was a great opportunity for my husband and me to do something out of our normal routine," said Air Force Reserve veteran Gloria Portillo-Leanos. "We laughed a lot. It was a fun and challenging activity with fantastic music. Definitely a skill to build on."
NEW YORK, June 4, 2018 -- In the military, "got your six" is a phrase referencing having someone's back. It is mentioned in movies and television shows, but for Antoinette Wallace, it took connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to really feel it.
"I found this hub of people who have my back," Antoinette, a National Guard veteran, said. "I've found these friends – who are going to be my lifelong friends and are so understanding and have my six."
Antoinette first learned about WWP through a Department of Veterans Affairs program.
NEW ORLEANS, June 4, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gave warriors and their guests the opportunity to get to know fellow veterans and experience a relaxed Mississippi River cruise aboard the S.S. Natchez IX out of New Orleans.
"I'm always looking for something fun and different to do with my son," said Army veteran Tonya Bell. "It was his first time ever on a paddle-wheeler, and we were excited."
Activities like river tours and socializing with other veterans can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues.
UNION CITY, Calif., June 1, 2018 -- Warriors and their guests recently gathered to experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event.
At iFly®, veterans enjoyed simulated skydiving using a flight chamber and a cushion of air. Jump coaches also provided specialized training.
"With the back pain I'm experiencing, I can't jump out of actual planes anymore, but this event helped me experience skydiving once again," said Navy veteran Jim Clavito. "Likewise, it connected me with fellow veterans with a similar passion. Being with warriors really lightens my day."
NEW YORK, June 1, 2018 -- Last night, warriors and supporters were honored at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® at Gotham Hall. This annual gala recognizes the service and dedication of those who make WWP's mission possible and inspire others to do more for our nation's wounded warriors.
Three awards were given out during the evening, each recognizing the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond supporting the needs of warriors. Marine Corps veteran Andrew Coughlan received the Courage Award, which is given to a warrior, family member, or caregiver who embodies the WWP core values of service, integrity, and loyalty. Longtime WWP partner USAA® received the Empowerment Award for their commitment to going above and beyond supporting the needs of our returning warriors. And Tom Cocchiarella of St. Paul, Minnesota received the Service Award for his continuous efforts at the local level to rally supporters for WWP.
SCRANTON, Pa., May 31, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their families recently enjoyed a day of bowling, miniature golf, arcade games, and pizza with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The gathering provided an opportunity for warriors' families to get outdoors and spend time together in a comfortable environment.
"It was fun to meet up with some warriors we met at previous events," said Army veteran Michael Koehler. "It was great family time too."
PLANO, Texas, May 30, 2018 -- Warriors and their guests tested themselves on adrenaline-pumping rope courses and zip lines during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. The courses are designed to empower adventurous participants through perseverance, teamwork, and commitment, while surrounded by sweeping views of the beautiful Texan terrain.
"My family and I love taking on confidence courses and zip lining," said Army veteran Brandon Ellis. "It was great for the whole family because it wasn't too hard for the kids, but still challenging for us older folks."
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 18, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their families recently enjoyed a day of arcade games, laser tag, roller skating, pinball, and music with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The gathering provided an opportunity for warriors' families to make new friends and reconnect with old friends in a comfortable, family-oriented environment.
"Family events are essential for my recovery and other warriors," said Army veteran Carl Wheless. "Because far too often, the families, children, and caregivers of our nation's wounded and injured veterans suffer in silence. They go unseen and unheard much of the time. These events show them that they are essential for their warrior's recovery. Family support folks and the kids deserve to have fun and share positive moments with their warriors."