TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 20, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families learned firsthand not to wear bright colors when encountering a leopard. Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) hosted a group of Alumni and family members at the Tallahassee Museum where they enjoyed private tours of native Florida animal exhibits, shared lunch and companionship, and had the chance to zip line over live animal enclosures.
“It was thrilling to see the leopard jump up and try to attack the zip liners flying above her cage,” said Kim Starling, U.S. Army injured veteran and WWP Alumna. “When someone with bright colors would soar above her cage, she would try to pounce at them. It was an amazing sight.”
AIKEN, S.C. (April 19, 2016) - Injured service members and their mates deserve a break from the stress of daily life. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted Alumni and family support members for an evening of painting and dinner that encouraged attendees to enjoy the play of exploring their artistic sides, while bonding with other injured veterans in their area.
The WWP Alumni program is one of 20 free, direct programs and services offered to wounded veterans and their families. One aim of WWP is to provide injured service members with the opportunity for bonding and camaraderie, so they can build personalized support systems with those who share similar experiences and challenges in the transition process.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (April 11, 2016) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Major General Charlie Fletcher, USA Retired, to the position of interim Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Maj. Gen. Fletcher is currently a logistics senior mentor to NATO and serves on WWP’s Advisory Council. He brings more than 30 years of experience in military aviation, logistics, and operational assignments, in addition to significant senior-level management experience to WWP.
Maj. Gen. Fletcher will serve as the senior-most member of the leadership team based at WWP’s headquarters in Jacksonville. He will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations and focus on enhancing WWP’s governance structure, policies, controls and compliance functions. Maj. Gen. Fletcher will report directly to Anthony Odierno, Chairman of the WWP Board.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (March 30, 2016) – In a groundbreaking partnership, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) today announced that it will be investing $9 million over the next five years in Team Rubicon, an organization that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
This commitment builds on previous transformative investments with agencies like The Mission Continues ($9 million) and America’s Warrior Partnership, Inc. ($11.5 million) that are designed to dramatically improve service provision to warriors and their families. Between 2012 and 2015, WWP invested nearly $11 million to more than 90 organizations that provide programs and services to WWP Alumni, families and caregivers.
The Wounded Warrior Project Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Major General Charlie Fletcher, USA Retired, to the position of interim Chief Operating Officer, effective April 11, 2016.
Maj. Gen. Fletcher currently serves on the WWP Advisory Council and brings significant military leadership expertise and senior level management experience in the private sector to WWP. He has more than 30 years of experience in military aviation, logistics and operational assignments, and is also currently a logistics senior mentor to NATO. His impressive background and experience in both the military and private sector makes him uniquely well positioned to lead our organization while the Board continues its comprehensive search for a permanent CEO.
PEARLAND, Texas (March 21, 2016) — There are fewer festive ways to bring couples together than with brushes, ready palettes, a whirlwind of bold colors, and the promise of a masterpiece. Recently, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosted wounded veterans and their mates for Texas couples painting in Pearland.
The group of WWP Alumni and their mates enjoyed not only brightening their canvases by using their own talents, but also games—including music trivia—and a prize raffle. A unique surprise of the event was the “conjoined” aspect of the paintings so that the paired pieces from each spouse came together to create a whole called a “diptych.” The Alumni event provided the perfect opportunity for combat veterans and their spouses to mingle with attendees who share similar experiences.
PHILADELPHIA, (March 23, 2016) – There is a reason to send flowers to friends and family when they’re not feeling well, having a bad day, or to celebrate an occasion – flowers raise the spirits. During the Philadelphia Flower Show, wounded veterans and their families explored the venue of floral displays, after an invitation from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The 2016 Flower Show theme of honoring our national parks exposed guests to the variety and vast beauty found in the great outdoors.
“As soon as you walked in the aroma of the flowers and vibrant colors took your breath away and diminished any remaining ‘winter funk,’” said Anja Mizner, spouse and caregiver of a wounded veteran and WWP Alumnus. “When you go from exhibit to exhibit and then realize almost everything is made of flowers and plants, it makes you appreciate the countless hours the florists must have spent to make the displays so stunning.”
WHITE SANDS, N.M. (March 22, 2016) – In honor of those who fell during the Bataan Death March of 1942, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Marchers come to this memorial event for the personal challenge, the spirit of competition, or to foster esprit de corps in their units.
ZAMORA, Calif. – Think back for a moment to your childhood. Did you have a favorite or special place? For many of today’s adults, the answer would be in the great outdoors with family and friends. Nothing could be truer for wounded veterans who recently shared quality time together at Quail Point Hunt Club during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni pheasant hunt.
“This serves as a release for me and makes me feel whole,” said Army veteran Russell Baldwin, who grew up enjoying the outdoors. “I grew up hunting and fishing, and this event reminds me of hunting as a boy, with my dad and brothers-- before I joined the military.”
The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and brings injured veterans together to build camaraderie.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – With sweat on their foreheads and tools in their hands, a group of wounded veterans came together to renovate a home that is being donated to an injured veteran in need. The event was organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumna Ginger MacDonald, who partnered with local WWP staff and Habitat for Humanity to coordinate volunteers and participants.
“I just wanted to give back to other veterans, just like Bob Karlstrand decided to do when he gave up his home to Habitat for Humanity,” said Ginger. “After seeing the news article on TV about him and reading the Habitat for Humanity article I was moved to be a part of it and do something constructive.”