VICTORIA, Minn., Dec. 2, 2016 -- It was lock and load for a group of wounded veterans, steeling themselves against the cool autumn air at Marsh Lake Hunting Club. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought them together to enjoy a day of duck and pheasant hunting, as well as clay pigeon shooting.
Army veteran Joseph Hill arrived at the hunting club to find familiar faces, both among the staff and the warriors – it was not his first WWP rodeo. Still, the few new faces in the crowd gave him a familiar sense of nervousness, something he experienced at his first WWP gathering.
COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 2, 2016 -- A group of injured veterans learned all about the art of glassblowing during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event in Columbia, South Carolina. During the workshop, warriors experienced what is possible when exposed to social events that get them out of the house and engaged with fellow service members.
Participants learned about the ancient craft as a lead glassblower – or gaffer – explained each step of forming colorful and unique items out of molten globs of silica. Then, warriors got involved in the creative process as each one took a turn picking up the large blowpipe.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2016 -- As an 11-year Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Yvette Francis was certainly familiar with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). In fact, she had crossed paths with the organization more than once.
"I was first told about Wounded Warrior Project back in 2009 when I returned home from Iraq the second time," she said. "I remember getting a pretty shirt, but I figured the organization was probably just something for people who are still in the military. I didn't take it seriously."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2016 -- From nori to bamboo mats to the perfect sticky rice, there is great effort that goes into the art of making sushi. A group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently learned all about it during a cooking class in Tallahassee. Participants experienced firsthand what is possible when exposed to social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow warriors.
Once warriors and guests chose from a variety of ingredients to customize their sushi rolls, culinary instructors provided tools and the guidance for the group to create their delicacies.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2016 -- Under the sea is a whole new world waiting to be experienced. During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outreach event, a group of injured veterans learned how to explore it in a scuba diving class. They also discovered what is possible when exposed to social gatherings that get them out of the house and connected with fellow warriors.
Participants took part in an introductory course for diving with the use of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba). Gathering in a swimming pool, the warriors were properly fitted with gear, and they explored underwater with teachers from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors®.
HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took a group of warriors and their families to pay tribute to the fallen on Veterans Day. The gathering provides an opportunity for veterans to not only reflect on their brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice but also forge friendships with other warriors who have shared experiences.
In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn veterans to address their mental health issues.
NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 -- Hundreds of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue in New York City Friday to thank the men and women who served our country. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought hundreds of warriors and their families to take part in America's Parade as a way to honor them.
Gatherings like this Veterans Day parade provide an opportunity for wounded veterans to make new connections and enhance their support structure. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn veterans to address their mental health issues.
MOAB, Utah, Nov. 17, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) teamed up with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP), Poison Spider™ Bicycles, and Cliffs and Canyons to provide a unique recreational experience for an all-male multi-day mental health workshop at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, Utah.
TASP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing educational and recreational opportunities that develop life skills, encourage personal growth, and promote independence. The TASP mission blends well with WWP's mission to honor and empower Wou
HOUSTON, Nov. 16, 2016 -- Veterans with service-related health issues can receive instant relief as Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) holds a Benefits Claims Day from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm at Combined Arms in Houston. This innovative gathering helps warriors quickly obtain needed care by placing them face-to-face with a WWP staff member and a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) representative, who directly impacts the outcome of medical claims.
With long-term financial and health support playing a critical, empowering role in the recovery process, WWP created the Benefits Service program, helping injured veterans navigate the complexities of the Department of Defense and VA.