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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2017 -- At age 83, Paris-born Bernard Darty feels fortunate to enjoy time with his family and spend winters in Miami Beachnearly three-quarters of a century after escaping Nazi invaders in France as a child. Although he lost his mother to the Auschwitz concentration camp, today he is so moved with gratitude for the American troops who liberated him in Normandy in 1944 that he has made a significant donation of $500,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) this Veterans Dayto help U.S. veterans and their families—hoping to trigger a new movement of supporting American veterans.

"In giving this donation, I want to thank Americans with all my heart for rescuing us during the war," Darty said. "The gratitude I feel to these men is beyond words. They were saviors, doling out sweets to half-starved, war-worn children who had almost given up hope of freedom. That is why I want to support American veterans—and why I support America. I hope my donation inspires others to do the same."

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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10, 2017 -- Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) will collaborate with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for the second consecutive year to host a Veterans Day bike ride followed by the Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade, tomorrow. It will be a 22-kilometer (13.7 mile) bike ride for veterans registered with WWP. The significance of the number represents the approximately 22 veterans who take their lives each day.

In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, 30.3 percent of survey respondents expressed physical activity helps them cope with stress and emotional or mental health concerns. This ride aims to raise awareness for veterans' mental health while providing a positive social experience and physical activity for wounded warriors before they head out to the Veterans Day Parade.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) urges Congress to quickly pass the Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act. The FAIR Heroes Act will provide the most severely injured warriors the ability to choose between Medicare and TRICARE, a choice they've earned through their service that could save their families over a thousand dollars each year in premiums alone. 

TRICARE is a low-cost health insurance program available to service members, retirees, and their families. Many of the most severely injured warriors qualify for both Medicare and TRICARE. They earn TRICARE upon medical retirement and qualify early for Medicare if they cannot work for a sustained period of time. Although these veterans earned TRICARE through their service, they lose the chance to remain on this plan if they cannot work and have to purchase Medicare Part B, which is more costly.

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CINCINNATI, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) teamed with Dewey's Pizza to give warriors and their families a chance to experience old-school pizza-making techniques: tossing dough high in the air to shape it, topping a pie with favorites, and sliding the pizza into a huge oven. Of course, the final exam, the most anticipated part of pizza school, is eating your creation.

"I felt it was a great experience for me and my kids to bond," said Army Reserve veteran Matthew Lawrence. "The team members were super helpful with crafting the pizza with the kids."

Matthew went with sausage, green peppers, and banana peppers on his unique pizza creation. He said he thinks he'll now try to make his own pizza at home.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2017 -- Veteran owned business and custom longboard maker KOTA Longboards® today announced a campaign designed to give back to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). KOTA, which stands for Knights of the Air, has a strong affinity for the military community and fully supports the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

"Longboarding is a physically invigorating and mentally relaxing activity for all ages," KOTA Founder Mike Maloney said. "Over the past few years, KOTA has worked with Wounded Warrior Project to develop a post traumatic stress healing program around the recreation of longboarding to great success. Now we're honored to offer this limited edition design that directly supports the critical work Wounded Warrior Project does serving our veteran community."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2017 -- For the past eight years, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has surveyed wounded veterans registered with the organization. The annual polling represents the largest and most comprehensive annual survey conducted by a veterans service organization. It provides valuable insights into the lives of more than 100,000 men and women who were wounded serving our nation and now are served by WWP. The data – including topics such as injuries, challenges, unemployment, health care choices, and successes – helps determine the needs of today's generation of wounded warriors.

Results in this year's survey, completed by more than 34,000 veterans, show more injured veterans are trusting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care concerns. More warriors are also gainfully employed than in past years. However, there are significant challenges these men and women face.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2017 -- One-in-five veterans deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq lives with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That estimate, from a RAND study, helps make the invisible wound of war one of the signature injuries of the global war on terror.

PTSD symptoms may range from anxiety, isolation, guilt, insomnia and intrusive thoughts. Responses to these symptoms may include irritability, hypervigilance and social isolation. The range and manifestation of symptoms makes PTSD complex and challenging for clinicians to treat.

An innovative collaboration between Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and four top academic medical centers addresses those challenges. Warrior Care Network® is a partnership to bring world-class mental health care to injured veterans around the nation.

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DALLAS, Nov. 1, 2017 -- To raise support for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), The Saxton Group, McAlister's Deli's largest franchisee, will kick off the next iteration of its Cookies for a Cause campaign. Throughout November, McAlister's Deli will sell cookies with camouflage and gold star sprinkles, with 50 cents of each cookie sold benefitting the warriors WWP serves.

"While we're known for our McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea™, our cookies are just as sweet, and this cause makes them even sweeter," said The Saxton Group, LLC co-CEO Adam Saxton. "We have locations next to some of the country's biggest military bases and have always supported our nation's bravest. Additionally, we're proud to have a number of veterans and reservists working in our restaurants. This campaign is our way of honoring the heroes who form an important part of our customer and employee base."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 31, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) embraced the Halloween spirit by inviting local warriors and their families for an afternoon of fun and healing at its annual Halloween event.

WWP staff transformed their headquarters into a Halloween carnival complete with costumes, themed activity booths, and treats around every corner.

More than 50 warriors and their families came dressed in costumes and made their way through the carnival enjoying games, candy, pizza, and good company. Booth activities included painting pumpkins, bowling, temporary tattoos, and photo booths.

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NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2017 -- More than 116,000 people have already viewed part of a recent Facebook Live event to raise awareness about veteran suicide. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) produced "Suicide Awareness: What You Should Know" in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD).

During the hour-long broadcast, presenters focused on stigma, risk factors, available resources, and collaboration. Viewers also heard from veterans who took the strong step to get help while in crisis.

"No one told me there may be these types of triggers – insomnia, anxiety, difficulty connecting," said Taniki Richard, Marine Corps veteran. "I needed a space to talk, and that is where Wounded Warrior Project came in."

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