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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 28, 2016) – Extreme heat and a chance of thunderstorms threatened a recent fun day of footgolf planned with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), but the turnout and competitive drive kept everything moving forward.

Most warriors who attended were not familiar with the game of footgolf, but after a brief lesson, they learned quickly. Everyone came together and shared techniques with their teams.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 27, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families experienced the beauty of Colorado Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain via off-road Jeep rides during a recent program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). 

After taking in the rugged terrain of the triple-peaked mountain during the hour-long drive, participants stopped at a ranch, where wranglers treated them to a campfire, s’mores, and tales of Colorado’s rich gold-mining history. Gathered around the flames that reached toward the Colorado sky, the warriors and family members easily forged new relationships with their peers. 

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 27, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) gathering, veterans met at a local theater and witnessed the cross-country journey of Daniel J. Egbert and Doc King, chronicled in the documentary “Project 22.”

The title of the film stems from a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research analysis that indicated 22 combat veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. (This number was recently adjusted to 20.) During the documentary, Daniel and Doc speak with veterans, mental health professionals, and educators about the topics of suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 22, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, veterans and their family members were given the opportunity to explore the benefits of nature through essential oils. Participants were able to concoct their own creations using a variety of ingredients.

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ATLANTA (July 25, 2016) – America’s warriors have demonstrated time and time again that they are givers. Their sacrifices while serving in the military are proof of this, but it was also apparent at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) function at Habitat ReStore. 

A group of injured veterans gathered to take on various duties at the store, a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that is part of Habitat for Humanity. It sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, and building materials. Warriors assisted in assorted positions, which included coordinating donations, organizing stock, and assisting customers.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 21, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, financial professionals volunteered their time and expertise to warriors and their guests with in- depth briefings on effective financial planning practices.

As participants met and mingled with fellow warriors, economic experts provided them with useful information about smart budgeting, estate planning, investing, and saving for retirement.

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FOX, Ala. (July 20, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, wounded veterans experienced the Alaskan wilderness up-close-and-personal. These warriors learned firsthand what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and push their physical capabilities in a picturesque outdoor environment.

Participants traversed their way through the Wickersham Dome Trail of the White Mountains, home to dall sheep, caribou, and several other wildlife species. Just north of Fairbanks, the roads to these trails have been featured on the show “Ice Road Truckers.”

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SAVAGE, Md. (July 19, 2016) – Long before people were using smartphones to catch Pokemon in the streets with Pokemon Go, tech-savvy outdoorsmen were using GPS tracking devices to locate real hidden treasures in the world around them – a pastime known as geocaching. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a geocaching event in the Wincopin Trail system of Savage Park.

Warriors spent the morning crisscrossing the trails and finding items using high-tech GPS gear, all while getting to know fellow veterans in their local area.

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ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (July 18, 2016) – When you have perfect weather, a sunny day, and a large body of water, there’s only one thing to do – enjoy it. Thanks to a program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Adaptive Adventures of New Mexico, a group of wounded veterans, their caregivers, and family members were able to do just that. 

“This was the first program gathering I’ve been to like this, and it was absolutely amazing,” said wounded Army veteran Lindsey Kibler. “Everyone had an excellent time – we couldn’t have gotten a nicer day, so how could you not enjoy it?”

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MYSTIC, Conn. (July 18, 2016) – On a perfect-weather day, injured warriors took in stunning scenery during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) sailing trip through the Long Island Sound. The experience gave veterans a chance to get some fresh air while socializing and healing with fellow service members. 

“One of the things I enjoyed most about this program event was the opportunity to be with other warriors and warrior families,” said Ryan Hinton, Army National Guard. “There’s something unique about the friendships veterans have with each other. They can be very healing.” 

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