JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 28, 2017 -- With more than 2.4 million service members having deployed as part of the Global War on Terrorism, the number of warriors returning home with invisible injuries is staggering at an estimated 400,000. Those living with invisible wounds of war, including combat stress, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), tend to isolate themselves to avoid triggers. But seclusion only heightens the issues, leading to feelings of defeat, destruction, and destitution – all of which obstruct the road to recovery.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently launched one of its highly popular pilot programs, WWP Talk. It serves as a mental health support line that is an invaluable, non-clinical form of emotional support for warriors, family members, and caregivers.
SAN ANTONIO, March 27, 2017 -- Local grocer H-E-B recently opened the doors of its culinary center and cooking school to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans for a healthy cooking class. As warriors learned to create nutritious home-cooked meals without compromising flavor, they experienced the benefits of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.
With cookout season on the horizon, experienced chefs taught warriors and guests a health-conscious spin on barbecue. Veterans learned preparation techniques for lean meats and vegetables. For dessert, the class prepared grilled pineapple with homemade ice cream. The hands-on lesson was part of WWP's Physical Health and Wellness program, which is designed to reduce stress and promote healthy and active lifestyles for warriors and family members.
SAN ANTONIO, March 27, 2017 -- Veterans with service-related health issues were recently invited to a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Benefits Claims Day. 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's Benefits Service program helps injured veterans navigate the complexities of the Department of Defense and VA. With the support of generous donors, WWP reaches out to local communities, filing thousands of claims each year and immediately changing the lives of injured veterans, their families, and caregivers.
TAMPA, Fla., March 27, 2017 -- First, a line of bright green streaked across a field of white. A darker shade of green followed, and next, a dark shade of blue. Brush strokes connected the colors and stretched them to the other side of the canvas, creating a patch of grass that started a special St. Patrick's Day-themed painting.
Wounded warrior Andrew Larocca and artist Craig Todd worked together as this masterpiece took shape during art therapy at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) office in Tampa recently. When the pair finished, they showed off the painting featuring the American flag over a green, grassy field with shamrocks. And for the warriors, there are therapeutic benefits.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 24, 2017 -- You've probably seen it on TV – a group of veterans on bicycles wearing matching gear, as people filling sidewalks wave American flags and cheer as they ride past. What you may not know is that Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® isn't just a nice show of appreciation for our nation's injured veterans; it's about getting warriors on a long-term path to recovery.
ARLINGTON, Texas, March 24, 2017 -- A new season of Major League Baseball is just around the corner, and nearly 50,000 Texans will once again call Globe Life Park their home away from home. But it was Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans who recently received a behind-the-scenes tour.
While they explored the home of the Texas Rangers, warriors reaped the benefits of connecting with their fellow service members. Warriors and guests learned about the stadium's history as they were led through the inner workings of the facility.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 22, 2017 -- With long-term financial and health support playing a critical, empowering role in the recovery process, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) created the Benefits Service program, helping injured veterans navigate the complexities of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs (VA). With the support of generous donors, WWP files thousands of claims each year, immediately changing lives of injured veterans, their families, and caregivers.
As a VA-accredited organization with an approval rating above 90 percent for benefits claims filed in fiscal year 2016, WWP works individually with warriors to understand their unique needs, provide education on the claims process, advise them of benefit options, file benefit claims, and help obtain necessary evidence.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) continues to enhance its board of directors with the addition of Cari DeSantis, President and CEO of Melwood®. DeSantis becomes the ninth member of the board of directors – all of whom bring strong backgrounds in sectors including business, nonprofit, government, military, and education.
DeSantis joined Melwood in 2013 and has grown the organization to now employ 1,600 people in Washington, DC and Maryland. The nonprofit provides opportunities and jobs to people with differing abilities, including wounded warriors. Melwood supports children, youth, and adults working and playing how they choose.
NOTTINGHAM, Md., March 20, 2017 -- Veterans and guests recently experienced the adrenaline rush of skydiving during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. While the chance to float on air was exciting in and of itself, participants experienced the additional benefit of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members in their community.
Over a pre-flight dinner, the group had the chance to make new friends and strengthen bonds with old ones. Soon after, participants were fitted for flight suits, and personal skydiving instructors led the warriors into the wind tunnel for an exciting ride.
PHOENIX, March 17, 2017 -- Physical health and wellness training is one of the best ways for warriors to lose weight and get active again. That's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a TRX suspension training session for a group of warriors looking to tackle their fitness and health goals. It was also an opportunity for connection; like all WWP program events, this TRX training session supports the long-term recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them and their families to the unique bonds experienced during military service.
"I did not know anyone coming into this event," said Army veteran Eric Giambelluca. "But I did not feel nervous about meeting new people because Wounded Warrior Project staff were extremely welcoming and friendly in all of our communication about the event. I fit right in – right from the jump."