NEW ORLEANS, La. (August 18, 2016) – Injured veterans and their family members recently joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to celebrate nature and view its diversity at the Audubon Nature Institute’s zoo and aquarium. While viewing a variety of wildlife, participants forged bonds with fellow military families.
With the Audubon Zoo located in the historic uptown of New Orleans and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas adjacent to the French Quarter on the Mississippi River, the outing offered a glimpse of the Crescent City’s most notable locations. Exhibits ran the gamut from familiar – including screech owls, Louisiana black bears, and sea turtles – to the obscure, with tapirs, colobus monkeys, black diamond leopoldi stingrays, and rhinoceros hornbills. Guests also saw curiosities like dragonhead katydids and sunburst diving beetles at the insectarium.
PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 17, 2016) – Before the hustle and bustle of a new school year, many families like to get out in the sun and enjoy one last bit of summer fun. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently helped a large group say goodbye to the carefree season in style with an end-of-summer celebration at The Getaway in St. Petersburg.
More than 100 injured veterans and family members took part in the celebration, which included water activities and a make-your-own taco bar. WWP teamed up with Urban Kai to provide paddleboarding and kayaking to willing participants.
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (August 16, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, wounded warriors and their guests had the opportunity to try something new – monster stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). These supersized boards are 18 feet long and inflatable, and can accommodate three to six people. The fun day on the water allowed injured veterans to get to know each other in a relaxed setting, while being physically active.
“Just having something to look forward to and getting out of the house helps me in so many ways,” said Army veteran Rich Davis. “It was an awesome experience to see people I already know and meet other veterans. It’s usually hard for me to talk to new people, but everyone there was so cool and just wanted to have fun.”
Jericho, N.Y. (August 16, 2016) – One of the biggest challenges wounded veterans face during their recovery is living healthy and active lifestyles. Years of regimented physical training during military service can be a far cry from the level of physical activity they experience in civilian life. Combined with bodily injuries that may limit movements or exercise, it can be difficult for wounded veterans to maintain their health. That is why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosts programs and summits that help warriors explore healthy lifestyles through fitness training, nutrition, and cooking.
When Air National Guard veteran Peter Grajewski walked into his first WWP program gathering, a fitness summit, he didn’t know anyone but quickly recognized other warriors were there for the same reason.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (August 15, 2016) – Southern Illinois University put its hospitality on display – and guests to the test – during a recent group workout hosted at its state-of-the-art training facilities. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) sponsored the gathering and gave a group of wounded veterans the chance to come together and learn more about how to live healthy and active lifestyles.
“The facilities were very impressive, and the trainers and staff were incredible hosts,” said Army veteran Jarvis Brinson. “The WWP staff really made an effort to make us feel at home. I knew some staff members from previous health and wellness events, and again they were incredible ambassadors for the warriors there.”
MELROSE, Fla. (August 12, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, a couple opened their lake house to injured veterans and their families for a day of summer fun. This was the third event of its kind hosted by Frank and Jodi Bondurant, longtime WWP supporters.
“We are pleased to honor those who have served and continue to sacrifice for our freedom,” Frank said. “We feel that the families have been affected in a big way by the wounds of war.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 12, 2016) – Kids across the country are returning to the classroom, and that means back-to-school shopping for their parents. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) knows picking up pencils, folders, notepads, and index cards can get costly, so the organization recently invited warrior families in Jacksonville to gather and gear up, free of charge.
Along with pens and No. 2 pencils, injured veterans and their families collected markers, highlighters, notebook paper, and everything they need to be ready to succeed in school.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii (August 11, 2016) – Once wounded in battle, it’s not always easy for warriors to participate in fun physical activities such as surfing and swimming. At a recent volunteer event, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) made that dream a reality for many injured veterans, who also spent part of the day helping others with water activities.
“I wasn’t quite sure about surfing because of my injuries, but everyone else was there for the same reasons,” said Marine Corps veteran Jennifer Cannon. “I felt comfortable with trying and knew I was going to be in great hands.”
BALTIMORE, Md. (August 5, 2016) – With football season less than a week away, teams are busy getting their players into top form – but that did not stop the Baltimore Ravens from spending time with injured veterans from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) on day two of their rigorous training camp.
Forty veterans and family members were invited to spend the day at M&T Bank Stadium, where they were treated to an exclusive sneak peek at the team’s on-field play. Participants got to meet their favorite players, pose for pictures, and get autographs before enjoying a barbecue lunch.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 4, 2016) – When the veterans who fought and sacrificed for this nation return home, they sometimes face a difficult transition back to civilian life. Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has worked tirelessly to help these warriors live successful, independent, and healthy lives. However, these veterans are not the only ones who face obstacles and challenges during the road to recovery. Some have started families and are raising children, many of whom have seen firsthand the physical, mental, and economic challenges faced by their wounded parents.
With WWP’s commitment to serve warriors for a lifetime, their families and caregivers are included. The need for support and programs for children grows, with the understanding that the entire family needs to be part of the recovery process. In cases where there is a need outside WWP’s scope, the nonprofit will work alongside and support other regional and national veterans service organizations. These partnerships enhance existing WWP programs with services and support.