MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (August 4, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, a group of wounded veterans took to the waters of Dundee Creek to try stand up paddleboarding (SUP) for the first time. It was a new experience made more special by the guests the warriors were asked to bring – their service dogs.
Participants spent the afternoon at Gunpowder Falls State Park for the “SUP Dog” experience. They learned paddleboarding techniques with the help of Ultimate Watersports, strengthened the bonds they shared with their animals, and forged new bonds with fellow warriors.
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (August 3, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families recently took a trip back in time at Fort Ticonderoga with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The outing gave warriors an opportunity to experience something unique while connecting with other service members.
Participants watched live shooting demonstrations, learned about how battles were fought during the Revolutionary War era, and received a tour of the fort from a guide dressed in traditional clothing from that time period.
GREENWOOD, La. (August 3, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo, injured veterans and their family members experienced the wonders of Louisiana wildlife along with the camaraderie of socializing with their service brothers and sisters.
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to have a variety of rare encounters. They found out how it feels to hold an alligator in their hands, and the group was invited to interact with – and feed – a variety of exotic creatures, including kangaroos and zebras.
PHILADEPLHIA (August 2, 2016) – For many wounded veterans, the struggle to stay healthy is an ongoing concern – their injuries can sometimes limit mobility, hindering the ability to exercise and stay active. That’s why Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a program event focused on nutrition and cooking, to give warriors another avenue to explore healthy lifestyles.
In addition to an open question-and-answer seminar with a nutritionist, where participants could ask any questions they had about dieting and food preparations, warriors were also given a tour through Whole Foods. While a journey through a grocery store may seem mundane, it served an important purpose, according to Air Force veteran and wounded warrior Tyshawn Jenkins.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 1, 2016) – Making University of Michigan football fans everywhere jealous, a group of wounded veterans attended a program event at the school’s training facilities, hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Wolverine trainers from the university were present to give specialized training to warriors, their caregivers, and families.
“They broke us down into teams with two coaches each,” said wounded warrior Courtney Carpenter. “The number of staff made it so every warrior could basically have their own trainer. The coaches were all very friendly and welcoming and did a short introduction describing their experience.”
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (August 2, 2016) – Transported back to a simpler time, a group of injured warriors recently enjoyed a scenic train ride through small towns with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as they connected with other wounded veterans in their area.
“Being around nature is something that just relaxes me,” said Air Force Reserve veteran Shirley Holbrook. “Being with other warriors who understand what I’ve been through helped me to feel calm.”
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (August 1, 2016) – For five years now, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has teamed up with the Boston Yacht Club and local fishing group Maddie’s Anglers to give injured veterans an afternoon of the sweet life on the open water. The most recent Operation Neptune saw more than 30 local fishing enthusiasts hosting more than 40 warriors on their vessels for a day of fishing.
While fisherman are notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to coveted fishing spots, Operation Neptune was an exception to the rule. The anglers readily shared their secret locations with the wounded warriors they hosted, and the group bonded while reeling in striped bass. When the fishing came to an end, the entire group was welcomed at the Boston Yacht Club for lunch.
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.
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.
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).