JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 22, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, veterans and their family members were given the opportunity to explore the benefits of nature through essential oils. Participants were able to concoct their own creations using a variety of ingredients.
ATLANTA (July 25, 2016) – America’s warriors have demonstrated time and time again that they are givers. Their sacrifices while serving in the military are proof of this, but it was also apparent at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) function at Habitat ReStore.
A group of injured veterans gathered to take on various duties at the store, a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that is part of Habitat for Humanity. It sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, and building materials. Warriors assisted in assorted positions, which included coordinating donations, organizing stock, and assisting customers.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 21, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event, financial professionals volunteered their time and expertise to warriors and their guests with in- depth briefings on effective financial planning practices.
As participants met and mingled with fellow warriors, economic experts provided them with useful information about smart budgeting, estate planning, investing, and saving for retirement.
FOX, Ala. (July 20, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, wounded veterans experienced the Alaskan wilderness up-close-and-personal. These warriors learned firsthand what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and push their physical capabilities in a picturesque outdoor environment.
Participants traversed their way through the Wickersham Dome Trail of the White Mountains, home to dall sheep, caribou, and several other wildlife species. Just north of Fairbanks, the roads to these trails have been featured on the show “Ice Road Truckers.”
SAVAGE, Md. (July 19, 2016) – Long before people were using smartphones to catch Pokemon in the streets with Pokemon Go, tech-savvy outdoorsmen were using GPS tracking devices to locate real hidden treasures in the world around them – a pastime known as geocaching. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a geocaching event in the Wincopin Trail system of Savage Park.
Warriors spent the morning crisscrossing the trails and finding items using high-tech GPS gear, all while getting to know fellow veterans in their local area.
ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (July 18, 2016) – When you have perfect weather, a sunny day, and a large body of water, there’s only one thing to do – enjoy it. Thanks to a program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and Adaptive Adventures of New Mexico, a group of wounded veterans, their caregivers, and family members were able to do just that.
“This was the first program gathering I’ve been to like this, and it was absolutely amazing,” said wounded Army veteran Lindsey Kibler. “Everyone had an excellent time – we couldn’t have gotten a nicer day, so how could you not enjoy it?”
MYSTIC, Conn. (July 18, 2016) – On a perfect-weather day, injured warriors took in stunning scenery during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) sailing trip through the Long Island Sound. The experience gave veterans a chance to get some fresh air while socializing and healing with fellow service members.
“One of the things I enjoyed most about this program event was the opportunity to be with other warriors and warrior families,” said Ryan Hinton, Army National Guard. “There’s something unique about the friendships veterans have with each other. They can be very healing.”
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (July 14, 2016) – During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program gathering, warriors and their families had an up-close-and-personal experience at Niagara Falls, one of the nation’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.
With the falls at peak season, the participants were treated to a true adventure via private guided tours. While taking in the beauty of their surroundings, they enjoyed the company of like-minded individuals who have gone through similar experiences while serving in the military.
SAN DIEGO (July 13, 2016) – When taking a trip to the beach, picking up trash may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but 30 veterans and their family members gathered to do just that during a recent program with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and partner organizations Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues.
“I’ve always been a person who has wanted to give a helping hand to any cause that will benefit another person,” said Jesus Perez, Army veteran. “WWP programs help me heal my injuries by connecting my mind and spirit.”
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group and The Mission Continues Orlando 1st Service Platoon teamed up for a special deep-sea fishing event at Sunrise Marina in Port Canaveral, Florida, where injured veterans experienced firsthand what is possible when exposed to social events that get them out of the house, engaged with their service brothers and sisters, and committed to their healthy transition to civilian life.
“Sometimes veterans need to be pushed beyond their comfort zones,” said Dan Kalagain, a U.S. Army veteran who is also a WWP Peer Support mentor and leader for The Mission Continues Orlando 1st Platoon. “This was a fun, exciting outdoor event that really motivated the warriors to get involved and engage each other – despite the size of the fish we were catching,” he joked.