FORT PIERCE, Fla., Oct. 18, 2016 -- A group of injured veterans and guests recently joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for a day on the waves during a surfing excursion at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park. Participants spent the day enjoying the ocean and bonding with their service brothers and sisters.
This was the fifth year for the highly anticipated gathering, where volunteers from the community spent the day teaching wounded warriors how to surf.
"Surfing has always seemed like good exercise to me," said Army and Army National Guard veteran Richard Vreeland. "It's a sport I've always wanted to learn."
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14, 2016 -- Wounded veterans face many challenges when they return to civilian life. Among those obstacles is maintaining a healthy diet. Years of regimented physical training and dieting during military service can be a far cry from civilian experiences. That is why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently helped a group of injured veterans explore healthy lifestyles through nutrition and cooking techniques.
"I didn't realize that cooking grains and using a healthy recipe could be so fun and enjoyable," said Wendy Samaroo, wife of Army veteran Timothy. "I even had so much left over that I was able to share some food with my sons and husband, who was happy to see me enjoying the program gathering."
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2016) – Veteran service organizations (VSOs) and other advocates are congratulating Congress for approving fertility coverage for wounded veterans and their families. Without this coverage, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 veterans would be unable to start or grow their family due to their injuries sustained in service to our country. The passage of H.R. 5325 fills a longstanding gap in health care services available to veterans.
Due to injuries ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to damage to the spinal cord, many veterans returned home from combat having lost the ability to have children naturally.
GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 22, 2016 – Go Pack Go! Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a group of injured veterans – and diehard football fans – for an afternoon of living sports history at Green Bay's famous Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
"I was so excited when I learned about this opportunity," said Marine veteran Gregory Kolaske. "I was born in Wisconsin, and I bleed green and gold. This stadium is as legendary as the team that plays there."
FORT STEWART, Ga. (Sept. 22, 2016) – Veterans with service-related health issues from the 3rd Infantry Division and the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) received professional guidance when Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) paid a special visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, with a mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. This program event was important to warriors still in uniform for three key reasons: it informed them of actions to take prior to their separation from the military; provided needed guidance for navigating the complexities of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to obtain necessary care; and increased the chances of a positive transition to civilian life.
“Having Wounded Warrior Project come all the way out here to see us is very beneficial to me,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roy Brock.
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2016) – The secret to a beautiful yard is having the right tools to keep it well-maintained – so it only stands to reason that those supplies should also stay maintained. During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program workshop, injured veterans received hands-on training for taking care of and repairing lawn equipment, including mowers and sprinklers.
“I am actually incompetent with do-it-yourself projects,” admitted Marine veteran Ethan Decker. “But I like taking any type of class where I have the chance to better myself.”
HARPERS FERRY, W. Va. (Sept. 19, 2016) – Wounded veterans and family members got a glimpse at a pivotal moment in American history during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event. Attendees enjoyed a guided walking tour through key parts of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The gathering was designed to give warriors an enjoyable social opportunity that got them engaged with their fellow injured veterans.
Located at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Harpers Ferry is more than just a quaint waterfront community. Thomas Jefferson admired it for its beauty, and George Washington designated it as the site for a United States armory and arsenal.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Their wounds from war may be invisible, but an estimated 400,000 service members have them. Combat stress, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries are signature wounds of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Injured warriors suffering from these disorders can often lock themselves in their own homes, fearing anything on the outside will trigger negative memories from the battlefield.
Wounded Warrior Project brought nearly two dozen of these heroes to St. Augustine for a mental health retreat. For many, this was the first time they had left their homes to engage in the community.
BOISE, Idaho (Sept. 13, 2016) – During a recent day hike near Boise, injured veterans got a taste of the great outdoors. The hike helped them keep up with their commitments to an eight-week Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) physical health and wellness program.
A group of veterans and their families in the Pacific Northwest are actively taking part in the virtual hiking program, which requires participants to walk or hike three to four times per week on their own and track their progress. Through warrior-created Facebook pages, many participants – like the hikers in Boise – have opted to meet for group hikes. As veterans are getting out of the house and enjoying time with family and new friends, they are staying active and improving their overall health.
OCALA, Fla. – White canvases transformed into moonlit skies filled with stars and fireflies during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event. In Ocala, Florida, painting instructors exposed injured veterans and guests to the world of amateur painting as the social gathering helped get them engaged with their service brothers and sisters.
As participants arrived, they were fitted with painters’ smocks and seated at their easels. After a few icebreaking art exercises, the painting instructor explained that the warriors would create their masterpieces in tandem with their partners, with two canvases becoming one whole image when put together.