AIEA, Hawaii, May 16, 2017 -- Richard Pittman and his family had just finished tossing their last bag on the trash pile when a local man sitting on a park bench nodded in approval toward the suddenly sparkling Pearl Harbor Bike Path and said the words: "Thank you."
Richard, an Army veteran, joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently to give back to the community by clearing litter from one of the country's most scenic parks. All Richard wanted in return was to connect with veterans and relish the gratitude of those who could enjoy their coastline trail again.
STEWARTVILLE, Minn., May 15, 2017 -- Generous donors from all walks of life and of all ages allow Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Recently, a talented young singer named Kendall Clausen used her skills to support WWP through a performance with her school choir.
"For a school project, we had the option to do whatever we loved doing to support Wounded Warrior Project," Kendall said. "I chose to write a song. I sat down and came up with the idea to write about a soldier going off to war. The song focused on how in the end, the soldier is not going to give up no matter what happens. The song is called 'Warrior,' and I want to donate half of whatever money it raises to support Wounded Warrior Project.
HAYS, Kan., May 15, 2017 -- Even when Sean Kelly missed his target during a recent trap-shooting event, he remained on point while connecting with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans.
The group competed for gold, silver, and bronze coins while shooting at clay pigeons, but Sean said the real prize was getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.
"My aim has changed since 2007 for sure, but that truly wasn't what the event was about," the Army veteran said. "It was about the brotherhood and sisterhood we developed with each other. I will always remember the new friends I made there. It was an amazing experience."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 14, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced the names of award recipients to be honored at the 11th annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner®, presented by USAA® (United Services Automobile Association). At this gala, WWP's warriors and most passionate supporters will be recognized for their service and dedication to the nonprofit's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
Stanley Black & Decker will receive the "Empowerment Award" for devoting time to raising awareness for needs of the wounded. Harley-Davidson® will receive the "Service Award" for dedicating time to grassroots efforts in support of the warriors served by WWP.
VICTORIA, Texas, May 12, 2017 -- As a self-proclaimed car guy, Army veteran James Hoke filled a need for speed at the recent Texas Mile car show.
And Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) stepped in to satisfy the need to be connected with other warriors.
"I appreciate the camaraderie of being with warriors and seeing so many incredible cars," James said. "Just like the other warriors at the show, I'm a gearhead."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 11, 2017 -- You've probably seen them scattered around at the gym or being used by specialty fitness trainers. They're the peculiar foam tubes people lie and roll around on the ground with. They also have the least creative name imaginable – foam rollers. And craziest of all, they work – that's why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) incorporates them into stretching routines after Physical Health and Wellness activities.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- The donors who support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors come from all walks of life. Most recently, a group of video game streaming friends from PoonGoonTV, a channel on YouTube, embarked on a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise awareness and funds for those WWP serves.
"Video game streaming has become a major form of entertainment, and it's something me and my friends are very new to," said Justin Oren, the channel founder. "We've only been doing this for four months and wanted to do something to make a difference, so we decided to raise some money for a charity."
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outlined several recommendations to improve the Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program in a letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin.
VA recently announced a comprehensive review of the program and temporarily halted removing veterans' caregivers from it. In the letter, WWP proposes items that should – at minimum – be addressed during the review and acknowledges further work with VA and veterans service organizations is needed to fully examine issues experienced by caregivers and veterans. Recommendations include:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 9, 2017 -- Injured veterans are finding new career paths with the help of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Recently, WWP connected warriors with detailed career assessments. The online questionnaire determined abilities and identified 25 potential opportunities for each veteran.
"We use technology to advance the way talent and companies connect," Stephen Pollan said. Stephen is the founder and CEO of Pelocity, a Jacksonville-based company WWP is working with to identify careers for warriors.
The technology goes beyond a simple question-and-answer format. It creates a database of prospective jobs and spells out, in detail, what is necessary to apply.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2017 -- A group of warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gathered together to enjoy a 15-mile bicycle ride through San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ride included a stop at a memorial that honors the veterans of Puerto Rico who paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts dating back to World War I.
Among the riders was David Camacho, a 21-year Army veteran. For him, the rides are a familiar outing and a chance to stay in touch with local warriors.
"I've been to many Wounded Warrior Project events, but the bicycle rides are my favorite," David said. "Being part of this organization has allowed me to connect with other veterans back stateside and as well as here in Puerto Rico."