WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” The quote attributed to Argentinian Jose Narosky talks about the toll of battlefield experiences. It sits as one of the centerpieces for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, just around the corner from congressional offices in Washington D.C. The quote and memorial serve as a reminder of the sacrifice service members make when they serve our nation, and the importance of taking care of them when they return home.
In the Cannon House Office Building Thursday, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) called on Congress to take action to help wounded veterans with two key policy items: covering the cost of starting a family for veterans who lost that ability due to injury, and fixing a loophole in health care coverage for some wounded veterans.
ATLANTA – Living out a night of wild political intrigue, murder, and food, 48 Alumni from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently enjoyed a night at Agatha’s Murder Mystery in Atlanta. This event was hosted as part of the Alumni program, designed to bring wounded veterans together through shared experiences.
“The staff greeted us as we arrived, told us what we would be doing, and had us sit in groups at tables,” said Martha Glover, Navy veteran and WWP Alumna. “Once we sat down, the murder mystery began.”
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — A special gathering for wounded veterans who endured the elements to learn a new, unique skill in Vermont. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited a group of WWP Alumni to tighten their ice leashes, pull on the gloves, and brave the chill to learn the basics of ice climbing.
WWP’s Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services offered to injured service members, their families and caregivers. Through social gatherings like these, WWP works to help wounded veterans find each other so they can heal through the power of bonding and camaraderie. Many returning service members face similar challenges readjusting to civilian life; spending time with other combat veterans who have shared experiences is a significant part of their recovery.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Since inception, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has taken advocacy for today’s generation of injured veterans seriously. Today, the organization’s advocacy efforts continue to be paying off for wounded veterans in a major way as the financial impact of two important laws spearheaded by WWP is now beyond $2.6 billion.
The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) provides automatic traumatic injury coverage to all service members under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program. TSGLI bridges the gap between when a veteran is seriously injured, and when Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability payments begin.
Honolulu (February 24, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families hit the beach in Hale Koa at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni event. WWP partnered with AccesSurf to give 40 WWP Alumni and their family members a fun day at the beach. AccesSurf is a nonprofit organization that helps those with disabilities surf and participate in water sports.
“We helped AccesSurf set up the event, and get some of the other participants squared away with the event,” said Army veteran Ionatana Ala. “It was a good opportunity to give back and support the local community. WWP is relatively new to Hawaii, and it’s good to see them engaging the veterans here.”
HOUSTON, Texas, (February 23, 2016) – Ready to practice their aim, share some tips, and show off their shots, a group of wounded veterans met for a day of skeet shooting and camaraderie. Some traveled from as far as Alvin, Texas to be marksmen for a day with the 12-gauge shotguns at Carter’s Country shooting range and united with other wounded veterans at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni event.
Many wounded service members face similar challenges adjusting to their injuries and civilian life. The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and brings injured veterans together. The friendly competition of skeet shooting is a popular event for WWP Alumni.
FORD ISLAND, Hawaii, (February 23, 2016) – The first Annual "Swing Back to the '40s" dinner, dance, and silent auction had attendees in full swing at Pacific Aviation Museum's Hanger 37 in Pearl Harbor.
Wounded veterans and their family members were invited to attend the dinner and dance gala as part of the WWP Alumni program. The Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services from WWP and offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year.
A local swing dance club hosted mini-lessons throughout the evening so all could enjoy a jitterbug and learn to swing dance. Many injured veterans and their families got a feel for the era as they toured the museum and historical setting.
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – Injured service members and their families volunteered at the South Jersey Food Bank recently to bond, while making a difference in their community. The effort was a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni activity and included time during lunch to learn more about WWP programs and services.
The WWP Alumni program generates support through shared experiences. Many wounded veterans and family support members face similar challenges adjusting to injuries and civilian life; by bonding at events like this, they learn they are not alone.
Chicago (February 22, 2016) – Sleeping with the fishes usually comes with a more serious connotation, but thanks to an Alumni program event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), the definition may have just changed. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago recently hosted 68 injured service members and their families for a sleepover event, which included exhibit tours and a dolphin show, where attendees learned more about the sea-dwelling mammals and their trainers.
“The dolphin show was a ton of fun for the kids,” said WWP Alumnus Anthony Martinez. “We learned a lot about how intelligent they are and about the training they go through. The trainers were very insightful and eager to put on a good show for us.”
GLEN BURNIE, Md., (February 20, 2016) – Injured service members are learning techniques in improvisation and storytelling to create a monologue based on their personal story. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has partnered with The Theatre Lab to offer WWP Alumni an opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking Life Stories program. The wounded veterans’ enthusiasm during the Life Stories program transformed their two one-night workshops into a full six-week session for WWP Alumni.
This workshop event is part of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni program which provides support through shared experiences. For WWP, there is a distinct difference between members and Alumni; the term Alumni itself denotes your earned place in the organization. Wounded veterans who register with WWP are Alumni and there are no dues here - those were paid by serving our nation.