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ST. PAUL, Minn. (February 20, 2016) – Armed with their hands and their grit, a group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni practiced and honed their self-defense techniques at a training seminar sponsored by WWP. Instructed by former Navy SEAL Al Horner, the women-only group of wounded veterans learned skills through the “Not Me!” self-defense course that empowers participants with skills to prevent attacks and escape in the event of a worst case scenario.

“Our discussion focused on how not to be a victim,” explained Ginger MacDonald, Army veteran and WWP Alumna. “Al was super knowledgeable and made the lessons and techniques very accessible to first-timers. It wasn’t about strength, but about knowledge, and how a few simple techniques can make anyone safer. I’m going to show my nieces everything I learned the next time I see them."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (February 12, 2016) – Wine and pizza may not sound like the most romantic of meals, but for a group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni and their significant others, it was a date night to remember. 20 couples recently gathered at Wine and Canvas in Jacksonville for an early Valentine’s Day celebration of food, drink, and painting, sponsored by WWP. 

Marine Corps veteran and WWP Alumnus Lewis Taylor attended the event with his wife, where they were able to reconnect with local friends.

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AUSTIN, Texas (February 12, 2016) – A group of wounded veterans got together recently to test their wings and take flight at an indoor skydiving event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as part of the Alumni program. Fourteen WWP Alumni flew, hovered, and floated their way through an afternoon of camaraderie, fun, and relaxation. 

Clarence, an Army veteran and WWP Alumnus, said that it was an amazing experience. “The instructors were very helpful and put us through a safety class to make sure we knew what we were doing. It was a great feeling; like you were just floating there, suspended without strings.”

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (February 10, 2016) – A group of injured service members came together for an intense cycling adventure during Base Camp in San Diego. Base Camp is for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni who have completed a Soldier Ride® and want to share a more in depth cycling challenge with other wounded veterans. The event unites injured service members from across the country for 3 days to focus on good health, camaraderie, and healing.

The first full day was dedicated to education and preparation for the main ride to follow. The group joined instructors at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Chula Vista to learn practical bike maintenance and practice specific biking drills to improve control and efficiency.

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (February 9, 2016) – Wounded veterans and their families enjoyed an exhilarating afternoon snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes. The gathering helped create memories and allow injured service members and their families’ time to bond.

This event is part of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni program which provides support through shared experiences for wounded service members and their families.The WWP Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services; it offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year.

Over 80 wounded veterans and their families participated in the snowy adventure. For most is was their first time at the park.

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HONOLULU, Hawaii. (February 2, 2016) – A group of wounded veterans toured Kualoa Ranch on Oahu Island recently. You may not recognize the name, but the location was used in “Jurassic Park,” “Godzilla,” “Windtalkers,” and many other movies and television shows. 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took these injured veterans touring on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to help build camaraderie. WWP sees engagement as a key pillar in recovery for wounded veterans. Through shared experiences-- such as sporting events, social gatherings, or ATV tours-- injured service members can build their own network of support. WWP offers 20 free programs and services to help wounded veterans in their recovery.

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MARICOPA, Ariz. (February 5, 2016) – After serving her country in the Navy, and a career flying with a major airline, Nik Alfred has accomplished a lot in her life, but she experienced a first - flying in a hang glider.

Nik joined a group of wounded veterans at Phoenix Regional Airport in Maricopa to take flight. 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) provided injured veterans the opportunity to engage with other wounded service members. WWP sees these opportunities as an important part of a wounded veteran’s recovery. Through shared experiences, injured service members can build a support structure to help in times of need.

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BIG SKY, Mont. (February 5, 2016) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gave wounded veterans the opportunity to enjoy an evening of food, music, silent auctions, and raffles at the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky banquet. WWP donated tickets to the 24 Alumni and family members who attended, to support the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA).

“The event was a benefit dinner for Montana Outfitters and Guides Association to continue giving back to those who are deserving,” said Marine Corps Veteran and WWP Alumnus Michael Elliot. “They’ve helped veterans for years and given them a chance to explore the outdoors. It’s a great cause.”

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MARION, Ala.(February 4, 2016) – A group of wounded veterans got together recently to enjoy a four-day hunting trip, planned by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

Many wounded service members face similar challenges adjusting to their injuries and civilian life. The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and builds camaraderie by bringing injured veterans together. By bonding through events and programs, these veterans learn they are not alone. The WWP Alumni program is one of 20 life-saving programs and services offered free of charge to wounded service members, their caregivers, and families.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 26, 2016) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its partner academic health care providers have officially started accepting wounded service members for a first-of-its kind mental health program, Warrior Care Network™.

Through Warrior Care Network, thousands of wounded veterans and their families across the country will gain access to increased quality care for two of the most commonly experienced wounds of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Warrior Care Network represents a three-year, $100 million commitment made by WWP and its partner academic medical centers to expand the continuum of care for the nation’s wounded veterans.

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