KODIAK, Alaska (July 29, 2015) – Nearly a dozen wounded veterans will travel to remote Kodiak, Alaska Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 8 for an excursion that includes fishing, bear-watching, and hiking. The gathering will mark the tenth year Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has brought injured veterans together for camaraderie and healing in Kodiak. WWP believes connecting injured service members with each other helps veterans realize they are not alone. The trip is offered to injured service members through WWP’s Alumni program, one of 20 programs provided to injured veterans – free of charge.
“Wounded veterans get constant time with each other on fishing boats, in nature, eating meals – it is a great opportunity to forge friendships, as well as grow their support structure for life,” said Ryan Kules, WWP National Alumni Director. “The warriors have a great time on the water and have an opportunity to forget about the stresses they face in their everyday lives.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 29, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will honor 14 wounded veterans with a special graduation ceremony Friday, July 31 for completing its 12-month TRACK™ program in Jacksonville.
TRACK is the first education center in the nation designed specifically for injured service members. Facilities are located in San Antonio, Texas, and at the Jacksonville, Florida headquarters. The 12-month program is built around the needs of combat veterans. Along with helping them meet their educational goals, TRACK supports personal health and wellness, mental health, and career development. TRACK is one of programs offered by WWP for wounded veterans, free of charge.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 30, 2015) — On Sunday, October 18, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be participating in the Love Ride grand finale, a single-day motorcycle fundraising event, and the longest running event of its kind in the world. Since 1981, Love Ride and its supporters have raised over $24 million for a variety of local and national causes. This year’s Love Ride is concluding decades of charitable work, in conjunction with Southern California Harley-Davidson (HD) Dealers Association, will support WWP. Love Ride is a proud advocate of WWP’s purpose to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
Grand Marshall Jay Leno and the award-winning Foo Fighters will join to-be-announced special guests in their final Southern California performance of the year. In its three-decade history, the Love Ride has featured a host of celebrity participants such as Malcolm Forbes, Peter Fonda, Larry Hagman, Steven Tyler, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
Rockaway, N.Y. (July 23, 2015) — Before being injured in Afghanistan, Brandon Dodson was an avid surfer throughout his youth in San Diego. After losing both of his legs as the result of an improvised explosive device blast while on deployment in Afghanistan, Dodson was unsure if he would ever be able to surf again. Through adaptive water sports like those offered by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), Dodson and his fellow wounded service members can get back to catching waves and being active on the water.
In early July, Dodson and dozens of his fellow wounded service members were brought to Rockaway Beach in New York for the 11th annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival, hosted by WWP. During the four-day festival, injured service members and their families were introduced to adaptive versions of water skiing, surfing, scuba diving, and many other sports — proving that despite their injuries, they could still maintain an active lifestyle.
Jacksonville, Fla. (July 21, 2015) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Physical Health and Wellness Program hosted a group of wounded veterans for a full-day fitness and nutrition seminar at Revolution Fitness in New Orleans, Louisiana. Revolution Fitness is an elite athletic training facility that combines functional training tools and innovative programs to ensure optimal physical performance.
Through informative lectures, hands-on demonstrations and training sessions conducted by elite training coaches, veterans received an array of information and techniques to take home for improved daily wellness – free of charge through WWP.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 17, 2015) – Through a combination of customer and vendor donations and all profits earned at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores on Saturday, July 4th, Southeastern Grocers announced today that it will donate $3,044,091.38 to support the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program (IP), which helps warriors live life fully, on their own terms.
(RESTON, VA) – America’s leading golf course owners and management companies have joined forces to make the World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) on Monday, August 3 the biggest one-day celebration of golf and charity.
Billy Casper Golf, Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf – with a collective portfolio of more than 575 golf courses, country clubs and resorts worldwide – will serve as host site sponsors of the fifth annual event that benefits Wounded Warrior Project.
Several National Golf Course Owners Association board members, including President Matt Galvin, will also support the highly emotional event at their respective courses. Since its inception in 2011, the simultaneous golf outing played from New England to Hawaii has raised $2 million for Wounded Warrior Project.
Independence Day-- the beating heart of summer.
A day rife with historical and emotional significance for a nation, and a day that perfectly embodies national pride and patriotism for Americans. It is time spent with family and friends in celebration of an ideal that unites us: freedom.
The broader cultural implications of Independence Day are undeniable, but the holiday is also tied to individual meanings that define what it means to strive for self-reliance– and respect.
Our nation’s injured veterans, perhaps more than many, are impacted by this holiday in a particularly unique way: their personal enlistment in the military is in direct correlation to the value they place on independence. No stronger motivation exists for the kind of valor and unspeakable sacrifices veterans make in the name of keeping us protected and free. Independence Day has deeply personal meanings for our brave service members; when we honor the holiday, we honor them.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.,(July 1, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) and longtime collaborator Southeastern Grocers — home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie — band together for a special Fourth of July initiative: Wounded Warrior Project Day. Southeastern Grocers will donate every cent of every dollar of Independence Day profits to WWP to help support the Independence Program.
The WWP Independence Program helps warriors live life to the fullest, on their own terms. It pairs a specialized case manager with each injured service member and his or her family to develop a personalized plan that targets the warrior’s needs or interests. In many instances, for the cost of one month in an in-patient institutionalized brain injury rehabilitation program, the WWP Independence Program can provide a year’s worth of community-based support on a weekly basis to an individual warrior.
Jacksonville, Fla. (June 16, 2015) – As part of its continued commitment to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will serve as a Platinum Sponsor of the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games, taking place in Quantico, Virginia, June 19–29, 2015.
The DoD Warrior Games is a multisport competition with over 250 wounded, ill, and injured service members participating from all branches of service, including service members from the United Kingdom. These premier athletes will compete in events including track and field, swimming, shooting, sitting volleyball, archery, wheelchair basketball, cycling, and wheelchair rugby during the two-week competition.