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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (September 14, 2015) – When Randy Horton hit the road from Newport Beach, California, it was an exceptionally hot and sunny day. Starting on the wooden slats of the Newport Beach Pier and armed with nothing but camping supplies, his bicycle, and the grit to go the distance, the 64-year-old veteran has been peddling his way across the American Southwest. Heading east, he has been averaging 100 to 120 miles per day. So far, Randy has traveled over 1,200 miles of his 3,074-mile journey to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

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Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 11, 2015) – On September 11, a group of wounded service members gathered outside their hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a brief ceremony commemorating the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. For many of those in attendance, this date stands as more than just a date of a national tragedy, but also as the date that they felt called to serve their country. These wounded service members came together as part of the peer mentor training offered by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

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ATLANTA, GA. (September 10, 2015) – Wounded service members enjoyed an afternoon in the water with whale sharks, manta rays, and a variety of fish. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the injured veterans to Georgia Aquarium as part of the nonprofit organization’s Alumni program. The event allowed the service members a chance to enjoy the unique swim while learning more about WWP.

WWP’s mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences. Injured veterans can see other veterans dealing with the same challenges they may face. This interaction can give them someone to relate to while they heal from injuries from their time spent on the battlefield. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (September 10, 2015) – As part of BGC’s eleventh annual Charity Day taking place on Friday, September 11, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), along with numerous other charities, will receive donations from BGC Partners, Inc. and recognition from a host of celebrities. 

Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $113 million globally. Each year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of participating charities around the world. In 2014, the event raised over $12 million. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was created in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks as Cantor Fitzgerald sought to rebuild its business after losing 658 of its employees, which represented two-thirds of its workforce in New York.

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By Vesta M. Anderson

Defining moments change the course of history. The remnants of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are deeply embedded in America’s new way of life, becoming like gravel and nails cooked inside what was once good ol’ fashioned American pie. 

The total number of victims—including more than 400 law enforcement officers and fire and emergency medical services personnel— killed in the terrorist attacks is reported to be just under 3,000. In 2013, the Center for Disease Control reported as many as 65,000 had become sick from Ground Zero exposure. One year later, the New York Post reported that approximately 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders had been diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer. These numbers are growing as new cases emerge.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 9, 2015) – For Jessica Allen, director of the Family Caregiver Program for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, her passion for caregiver respite is both personal and professional: Jessica’s husband, a 14 year Army veteran, lost both his legs above the knee from a combat injury, and she now serves as a fulltime caregiver to her husband, mom to two young girls, and works three jobs. She understands all too well how busy life can get for those taking care of others. 

“We forget to pause, and we need that break,” Jessica said. “When my husband was at Walter Reed, getting away for long breaks wasn’t possible, but I could do a short one. I got the idea that I could get away for 72 hours. Some of my friends, other wives, and moms of veterans on the ward could get away for that long too, so we tested it out.  We went to Gettysburg. We got something to eat and had some fun.”

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.,(September 1, 2015) – National veterans’ service organization (VSO) and nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will once again participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace-charity campaign. CFC utilizes almost 200 campaigns nationwide and overseas to raise millions of dollars each year for eligible non-profits. CFC provides the perfect opportunity for military and civilian federal employees to get involved by supporting causes they believe in. Last year, over $5 million was raised through the CFC campaign for WWP. 

The money raised for WWP through CFC has helped fund over 20 programs that save lives – all free of charge to the warrior, their family and caregiver.

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Pittsburgh, Pa. (September 1, 2015) - When Robert Anderson retired from the U.S. Army, his body served as a constant reminder of the wear and tear that can only come from over a decade of military service. His knees were regularly in pain from an injury suffered jumping out the back of a helicopter in Iraq, while his shoulders ached from years of labors associated with serving his country. Additionally, he suffered the invisible wounds of war, battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As a result of his PTSD and physical limitations, Anderson began to gain weight and felt like he lacked a sense of purpose. It wasn’t until he discovered the programs and services available to him through Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) that he realized his potential instead of his limitations. By attending a Cleveland Browns game with his fellow injured service members through the WWP Alumni program, Anderson took his first steps on the road to recovery. 

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HOUSTON, Texas (August 25, 2015) -- Houston Astros pitcher Scott Feldman hosted a group of injured veterans and their families for Thursday night’s baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays.  The game provided the wounded service members a chance to engage with other veterans in a social atmosphere. It also let them watch the American League West Division leading Astros in action. 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) helped make the night possible as part of its Alumni program. The program ensures injured service members stay connected with one another. It is part of the 20 free programs and services provided by WWP to help honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

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WAIKIKI, Hawaii (August 25, 2015) – Dozens of wounded veterans raced through the waters off Waikiki Beach last Saturday. The Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta featured 75 teams, many of which included wounded veterans. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) helped field more than 10 canoes manned by injured service members. The Na Kua Wounded Warrior Regatta helped kick off Duke’s OceanFest, an annual festival honoring Duke Kahanamoku. Kahanamoku is credited with expanding the popularity of surfing; he is also a 5-time Olympic medalist in swimming. 

The WWP Alumni program ensures injured service members stay connected with one another. It is part of the 20 free programs and services provided by WWP to help honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

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