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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

Thank you to all our supporters, who in 2015 made it possible for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to serve more than 81,000 Alumni and over 14,000 family support members. Tax statements for 2015 should arrive to supporters' homes no later than February 21. You will receive a tax acknowledgement for 2015 if you make a gift that is postmarked or donated online by December 31.

Learn how your contributions have enabled us to serve our nation's wounded veterans athttp://bit.ly/WWPMission.

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GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – It is not often a weekend will include shorts weather, driving rain, snow, and freezing conditions. But that is what a group of wounded veterans experienced while hiking through the Grand Canyon recently.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the injured service members on the three-day hike to increase camaraderie with their fellow wounded veterans. WWP sees Engagement as one of four pillars, along with Mind, Body, and Economic Empowerment, in the healing process for injured servicemen and women. The goal is to encourage camaraderie through events like this weekend’s hike and camp, so wounded veterans can build and expand their support structure.

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KEY WEST, Fla. (December 21, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® presented by USAA® heads to South Florida in early January, and the entire community is invited to come out and support injured service members as they ride across Miami and the Florida Keys. On Sunday, January 10, the public will be able to ride alongside these brave men and women, or cheer them along on the route. 

The 5-mile community ride will start at the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Ingham at Truman Annex (Southard Street) and take riders on a historic tour of Key West, and end with a closing ceremony at Mallory Square.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The forecast called for temperatures in the upper fifties and a forty percent chance of rain. But what more than one hundred wounded veterans and their families experienced was a little more of a wintry mix. Snow, in the form of soap bubbles, and formed soap-flakes floated over crowds entering PetCo Park Friday night.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) made the night possible for these families to help the healing process for injured veterans. WWP’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. WWP recognizes the important role family plays in a wounded veteran’s recovery, so many events are planned to involve spouses and children.

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IRVINE, Calif. – A group of wounded veterans worked together to handle a challenge five stories high. The men and women recently conquered a massive ropes course at the University of California Irvine.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the group to experience the ropes course and encourage camaraderie as part of its Alumni program. WWP sees engagement as a key pillar of a wounded service member’s recovery. Shared experiences help build shared support. The Alumni program is one of 20 life-saving programs and services provided to wounded veterans, free of charge.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Dozens of wounded veterans learned new lessons about safely handling firearms, while forging new bonds with other injured service members. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the men and women to the Riverside Indoor Shooting Range recently to shoot and support each other.

WWP’s Alumni program provides occasions like this to help encourage camaraderie among injured veterans. They already share experiences from their time in active military duty. Sharing new experiences through get-togethers, sporting events, service opportunities, and concerts can help them form a new support structure. The Alumni program is one of 20 life-saving programs and services provided to today’s generation of wounded veterans, free of charge.

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HALEIWA, Hawaii – Several sharks with razor-sharp teeth thrashed just feet from Stephanie Smith’s face, as she dove off the coast of Haleiwa recently, and she couldn’t be more thrilled.

“Being able to see the sharks in their natural habitat was remarkable,” Stephanie said.

Stephanie was part of a large group of injured veterans brought on the cage-diving experience by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). WWP sees outings like this as an opportunity for wounded veterans to form bonds with other wounded veterans. Through shared experiences, these men and women can create a lasting support structure of peers. WWP offers 20 programs and services to injured veterans who are registered with the nonprofit organization, all free of charge.

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OFF WAIKIKI, Hawaii (November 13, 2015) – Nearly 100 feet below the waves off the island of Oahu, a sunken fishing boat beckons to divers seeking an underwater thrill. On Veterans Day, 12 wounded veterans dove in, to get a closer look at the Sea Tiger.

The 138-foot former fishing vessel has become a treasure trove of marine life on the ocean floor. 

“I saw four sea turtles, two white-tip reef sharks, and was able to hold an octopus,” Josh Hullsiek, a wounded veteran and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumnus said.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL. (November 12, 2015) – Food Lion hosted a special breakfast on Veterans Day at its corporate headquarters to present a $2 million donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The in-store initiative, which ran from Oct. 21 through Nov. 10 was a part of the WWP Believe In Heroes® campaign. 

The donation by Food Lion will go to support the 20 free, life-saving programs and services that are offered by WWP, which are uniquely structured to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage economic empowerment. Since 2003, WWP has grown its programs and services to meet the growing needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 80,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 12, 2015) – The nation took a moment this week to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country in wartime and peace. From parades on 5th Avenue in Manhattan to Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas, families gathered to salute veterans from all uniformed services. Also this week, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the time to help the nation understand some of the challenges facing today’s generation of wounded veterans.

Monday, Nov. 9, WWP partnered with the Center for New American Security (CNAS) to shed light on the2015 annual WWP Alumni Survey. The survey looks at issues with mental health, physical and economic challenges, as well as gets a pulse on today’s injured service members.

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