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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

Jacksonville, Fla. (June 9, 2015) — Financial services company USAA® has generously stepped in as the new national sponsor for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® program.

Soldier Ride is a unique four-day cycling opportunity for wounded service members and veterans to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. The rides are exhilarating and a great way to help warriors gain self-assurance and realize they can still be physically active.

WWP provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to wounded veterans to use at no cost. This includes adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 2, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is launching a first-of-its-kind medical care network, Warrior Care Network™, to connect wounded veterans and their families with world-class, individualized mental health care. Warrior Care Network will increase access to quality care for two of the most commonly experienced wounds of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). WWP and its Warrior Care Network partners will commit $100 million over three years to ensure that thousands of wounded veterans do not fall through the cracks.

The four founding academic health care partners of Warrior Care Network are: Emory’s Veterans Program at Emory University, Atlanta; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program; Operation Mend Program at University of California, Los Angeles; and Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

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Jacksonville, FL (May 14, 2015) – The 10th annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, is being held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria® in New York City. This fundraising gala will bring together injured service members, their caregivers and families, and the most influential WWP supporters.

During the dinner, four awards will be given to recognize and honor the awardee for their support of WWP’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The awards will be presented as follows.

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Jacksonville, Fla.(May 14, 2015) – Lee Medina smiles when she describes meeting her husband, Army Corporal David Medina, nearly six years ago. They met through friends, and even from opposite ends of the country – he was stationed in Washington state and she was in Virginia – their connection was instant. “We just knew when we started talking. We built a strong foundation by communicating with each other. We knew this was what we both wanted.”

That foundation was rattled when David was seriously injured after his Stryker ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq in November of 2009.

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Jacksonville, FL (May 13, 2015) – The 10th annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, is being held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria® in New York City. This fundraising gala will bring together injured service members, their caregivers and families, and the most influential WWP supporters.

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By Vesta M. Anderson

Two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, Jason Ehrhart’s Humvee took a direct hit from two anti-tank mines. Jason was the gunner in a convoy providing security for the first free elections in Iraq since 1953. Propelled from the turret, Jason sustained injuries so severe that upon his return stateside, he was considered to be the most seriously wounded soldier in Maryland. Among his injuries, Jason suffered from third-degree burns covering 60 percent of his body and badly shattered legs – the left would be amputated a month later. But those are just the visible wounds. Jason also sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the blast.

Due to improvements in military medicine and technology, many warriors, like Jason, are surviving combat injuries that would have previously been fatal, including severe TBIs.

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Letter to President Obama Regarding Unfair Gun Regulations

In a letter sent to President Obama this week, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) asked the Administration to reexamine a longstanding approach to the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s veterans. Based in part on a 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have systematically reported veterans who have been assigned a fiduciary – a person responsible for management of their benefits – to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Reported veterans lose certain rights to lawfully purchase and own firearms. We can think of no justification for treating veterans differently than other populations when it comes to the fundamental constitutional rights they fought to protect, and WWP implores VA and DOJ to amend their discriminatory reporting practices.

Click here to read our letter to the President.

Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2015) – Today Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) marked the five-year anniversary of the passage of the historic Caregiver Assistance Law of 2010. This landmark legislation recognized the risk that the extraordinary toll of caregiving could physically, emotionally, or financially overwhelm the caregiver and result in unwanted, and very costly, institutionalization for the injured veteran. The Caregiver Assistance Law established the framework for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Caregiver Program, which now provides critical services and support to over 19,000 caregivers of injured veterans. 

WWP has long been committed to serving this generation of injured veterans, their families, and caregivers through advocacy and action. As the lead advocate for the Caregiver Assistance Law, WWP specifically advocated for a program that would provide caregivers with needed training, technical support, mental health counseling, health care coverage, respite care, and a modest financial stipend.

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Washington, D.C. (May 5, 2015) – Today Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) marked the five-year anniversary of the passage of the historic Caregiver Assistance Law of 2010. This landmark legislation recognized the risk that the extraordinary toll of caregiving could physically, emotionally, or financially overwhelm the caregiver and result in unwanted, and very costly, institutionalization for the injured veteran. The Caregiver Assistance Law established the framework for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Caregiver Program, which now provides critical services and support to over 19,000 caregivers of injured veterans. 

WWP has long been committed to serving this generation of injured veterans, their families, and caregivers through advocacy and action. As the lead advocate for the Caregiver Assistance Law, WWP specifically advocated for a program that would provide caregivers with needed training, technical support, mental health counseling, health care coverage, respite care, and a modest financial stipend.

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Injured Warriors Still Combating Mental Health Challenges

It could be the smell of fresh wheat bread in a kitchen, the chirping of crickets on a hot night, or even the cold touch of a puppy’s curious nose – within moments of experiencing any of these senses, one would instantly recall memories connected to such prompts. One would become unintentionally and instantly flooded with memories, the power of which could remain for seconds, minutes, or even days. Experiences and memories make us who we are as individuals. They make our interactions with others unique, impacting and changing groups, even communities. They help us self-identity, revealing what brings us joy, sorrow, pain, and even fear.

No soul is immune to such basic human nature – not even a soldier at war can be safe from the mind’s inevitable, humanistic need to link memories of events to a sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch, all in an effort to better understand what the soul experiences. The mind becomes a filing system of sorts; for combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the mind can become its own enemy.

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