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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

OFF WAIKIKI, Hawaii (November 13, 2015) – Nearly 100 feet below the waves off the island of Oahu, a sunken fishing boat beckons to divers seeking an underwater thrill. On Veterans Day, 12 wounded veterans dove in, to get a closer look at the Sea Tiger.

The 138-foot former fishing vessel has become a treasure trove of marine life on the ocean floor. 

“I saw four sea turtles, two white-tip reef sharks, and was able to hold an octopus,” Josh Hullsiek, a wounded veteran and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumnus said.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL. (November 12, 2015) – Food Lion hosted a special breakfast on Veterans Day at its corporate headquarters to present a $2 million donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The in-store initiative, which ran from Oct. 21 through Nov. 10 was a part of the WWP Believe In Heroes® campaign. 

The donation by Food Lion will go to support the 20 free, life-saving programs and services that are offered by WWP, which are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment. Since 2003, WWP has grown its programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 12, 2015) – The nation took a moment this week to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country in wartime and peace. From parades on 5th Avenue in Manhattan to Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas, families gathered to salute veterans from all uniformed services. Also this week, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the time to help the nation understand some of the challenges facing today’s generation of wounded veterans.

Monday, Nov. 9, WWP partnered with the Center for New American Security (CNAS) to shed light on the2015 annual WWP Alumni Survey. The survey looks at issues with mental health, physical and economic challenges, as well as gets a pulse on today’s injured service members.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (November 4, 2015) – More than three in four wounded veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the 2015 annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni Survey, released nationally this morning.

More than 23,000 injured service members completed the comprehensive survey, making it the largest collection of data on this generation of injured veterans ever collected. 

Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started nearly 15 years ago, the Department of Defense reports more than 52,000 men and women have been physically wounded. These are just the visible wounds – such as loss of a limb, burns, and gunshot wounds -- many more are not visible, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (November 2, 2015) - Leading up to Veterans Day, Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, today announced the launch of the Wall of Honor community donation campaign in all stores. Every cent generated through customer donations from Nov. 2-15 will be donated in support of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program.

Customers are encouraged to visit their neighborhood BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores to purchase a $1 Dedication Card and write a special message to their own military hero.  These personal dedications will build a Wall of Honor at each store as a visual tribute to those who served, continue to serve and sacrifice for the nation. Customers can also like, follow and share BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and WWP Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllforHonor; or honor a veteran by posting a dedication on www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

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Donnie Starling, Team RWB Old Glory Relay Event Coordinator

What do you see in this picture? Can you see the secret ingredient? Let me help you out.   

I am the Team Red, White and Blue Events Coordinator for the Old Glory Relay. This year’s Relay is moving a single American flag from San Francisco to Washington D.C. in an effort to capture the Faces of Old Glory across our great nation.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 14, 2015) – Dozens of injured veterans and their families boarded the USS Yorktown Tuesday evening to see the retired aircraft carrier up close. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought the injured service members to the ship as part of its Alumni program. 

The WWP Alumni program helps create support through shared experiences. Wounded veterans have the opportunity to share their transition to civilian life with other service members who are going through the same life changes. The Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services provided by WWP. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 7, 2015) –When Robert Williamson was injured in combat during an extremely difficult deployment in Al Taji, Iraq, in 2004, the physical injuries were extensive: a back injury, an arm injury, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, when he eventually made it home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, it was the invisible wounds that he struggled with most.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (October 7, 2015) – Dozens of injured veterans got an up-close look at the history of U.S. space travel with a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the group to the visitor’s center for NASA’s Florida home for rocket launches as part of its Alumni program.

The Alumni program creates support through shared experiences, helping support WWP’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through sporting events, gatherings, and an online community, the Alumni program boosts camaraderie and brings injured veterans together to help each other heal. It is one of 20 programs and services made available to wounded service members free of charge.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (October 5, 2015) – Nearly a dozen wounded veterans saddled up to experience the views around Los Angeles on horseback.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosted the ride through Griffith Park as part of its Alumni program. The goal of the program is to help create support through shared experiences. Whether it is a horseback ride, a nature hike, or group tickets to a sporting event, the WWP Alumni program brings injured veterans together to help in the healing process. WWP provides 20 programs and services to wounded service members, free of charge. 

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