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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

SAN ANTONIO (July 12, 2016) – Veterans do not always make it to networking events, particularly when child care is a factor. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently teamed up with Family Endeavors to alleviate that problem during a family get-together.

Warriors and their families participated in the event, which focused on socialization and team-building activities. The adults spent the beginning of the afternoon getting to know each other while Family Endeavors provided free child care. During the second part of the day, the teenagers and older children were incorporated into the group for an adults-versus-kids family game. Toward the end of the day, each family convened to design their own family crests.

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INDIANAPOLIS – While many of us are recovering from a long weekend celebrating our nation’s independence, one warrior is returning to work after giving part of himself to save a life. Andrew Coughlan gives of himself every day in his job at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). He helps wounded veterans and their families in their healing process. Recently, though, he went even further, donating his kidney to a fellow Army veteran in need.

Andrew volunteered to give his kidney to Russell Broughton after seeing a post on social media. Russell said he turned to Facebook as a last-ditch effort. Doctors diagnosed Russell with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) in 2013. Mayo Clinic describes FSGS as the development of scar tissue on parts of the kidneys. Those scars impair functionality, causing less blood to be filtered.

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Summit Opportunity Included Mountain Hike and CrossFit

EL PASO, Texas (July 6, 2016) – Warriors and their families enjoyed the opportunity to ascend mountains and reach pinnacles – both literally and figuratively – in a recent Physical Health and Wellness summit. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) guided participants on a 4.4-mile hike, taught CrossFit basics, and reviewed nutrition principles.

Active duty Army soldier Jaime Hernandez said his favorite part of the weekend was the hike at Mount Cristo Rey.

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ATLANTA (June 24, 2016) – For Matthew Barnes, recovery started with the search for a sticker. Had Matthew not gone to woundedwarriorproject.org looking for a decal to put on his father-in-law’s new work helmet, he may have never come across Warrior Care Network™. 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) partnered with four top academic medical centers across the country to form Warrior Care Network in 2015. This world-class health network provides mental health care for wounded veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) regardless of where they are located, and the care being provided is free of charge.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2016) – According to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Thomas Jefferson wrote to Dr. Hosea Humphrey about advances in science and medicine on June 15, 1816. Fast-forward 200 years and advances in medicine are making it possible for veterans who suffered catastrophic injuries to start families. They just need a little help from Congress. 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought families to Capitol Hill last week including Wednesday, June 15, 2016, to meet with congressional delegates. Those meetings helped explain the importance of passing a measure to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to cover in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive services. 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 20, 2016) – For William “Bill” Higgins, the prospect of a long recovery from surgery has him singularly focused on staying healthy and active for as long as he can. The wounded Marine Corps veteran has been attending a physical training program hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for months now. With only two weeks remaining in the program, and only one more month before his hip replacement surgery, he knows the pressure is on to finish strong and give it everything he has.

“I wanted to get myself physically ready and pre-rehabilitate for this procedure,” Bill explained. “I was strongly advised that before I get the surgery I should build up extra muscle strength to help with recovery. Wounded Warrior Project and its staff got me connected with this program when I needed it most, because once I get that procedure done, I will be recovering for a good stretch." 

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Linnington’s Decorated 35-Year Military Career Includes Key Command Positions in Three Combat Tours and Senior Leadership Roles in the Department of Defense

Appointment of Retired Lieutenant General Brings Extensive Experience, Expertise and Commitment to WWP’s Mission to Organization

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 16, 2016) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Michael S. Linnington to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 18, 2016. Mr. Linnington is joining WWP from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), where he was appointed Director by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2015. His decorated 35-year military career includes three tours in combat operations and key command positions in numerous assignments around the world.

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DALLAS, Texas (June 15, 2016) They sliced, diced, broiled, and baked. Some veterans learned to do it all at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) cooking class in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. “It was cool and original,” says retired U.S. Navy veteran Anthony Semprun. “I don’t really know my way around the kitchen, but I want to cook with my wife, and this was the perfect opportunity to learn.”

It was a date night for couples and some master chefs were on hand to help everyone hone their culinary skills.

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WHITEFORD, Md. (June 14, 2016) They had a hot dog roasting, trail hiking, s’more eating good time. “It was an amazing outdoor adventure,” says U.S. Army veteran Bryan Asaf, who took his wife and three children on the 2nd annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) family camping trip in collaboration with the Boys Scouts® of Chesapeake.

They relaxed, experienced nature, and “we got to hang out with other veterans,” says Bryan, who completed two tours in Iraq and, at one point, wasn’t sure if he would ever enjoy another family outing. He suffers from two traumatic brain injuries after improvised explosive devices detonated beneath his tanker truck. “One lifted our truck off the ground and slammed it back down. It knocked me unconscious.”

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PALM BAY, Fla. (June 2, 2016) – For a relaxing day out on the water, there’s nothing like it; you paddle along, maybe spot some birds, a turtle or an alligator. “We saw all of that,” says U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jeehae Choe. “We even saw a manatee up close and personal. Definitely an incredible experience.”

Kayaking isn’t new to Jeehae. She has been paddling along Florida’s waters for many years, but she says time on the water with other wounded veterans is exciting. “I love getting together with them, especially when I can show them my neck of the woods.”

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently sponsored the kayaking adventure on Turkey Creek in Palm Bay, Florida where Jeehae lives. Events bring warriors together to relax, and build relationships, through shared similar experiences.

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