Wounded Warrior Project's Program Grants team launched the first ever Grantee Reunion Summit this week with support from WWP’s Public Relations and Social Media teams.
WWP invited grantees from the Fall 2013 grant cycle to DC to share success stories from their grant year, best practices, lessons learned, and opportunities for collaboration. The summit served as a platform for networking, educating one another about VSOs across the country, and ultimately fostering connections between the grantees.
Looking Back and Moving Forward: New Year, Same Mission
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 6, 2015) – 2014 has truly been a year to remember for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), and 2015 promises to be even more memorable as WWP continues in its commitment to honor and empower this generation of injured service members. As the organization looks ahead to serving more warriors, caregivers, and their families in the year to come, it is important to reflect on the past year and all the organization was able to accomplish with the support of a grateful nation.
Veterans Day is November 11, a time when we celebrate American veterans, acknowledge their sacrifice, the debt we owe them, and our gratitude.
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On the eve of Veterans Day, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) calls on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to act swiftly and decisively to rebuild trust with veterans and improve access to timely, quality healthcare. We appreciate Secretary McDonald's 100 day quest to listen to stakeholders and truly understand the systemic management, accountability and process issues at VA. However, now it is time to urgently act on what he has learned. It will not be an easy process given the history and culture of VA. Promises have been made in the past with no results, so we sincerely hope Secretary McDonald will deliver, and in a timely manner.
The organizational changes he outlines sound promising, but lack any details or action plan with clearly defined milestone dates and outcomes. Flattening the organization to make it easier for veterans to navigate is important. Eliminating bureaucratic layers and stopping processes that use resources but produce no value or benefit for veterans are positive steps in the right direction, but thus far, the plan gives no concrete information on how he intends to accomplish these objectives.
New York (November 10, 2014) – As America recognizes the heroes who have selflessly served and sacrificed for this country, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is celebrating our nation’s veterans with Veterans Day events taking place across the country.
On Veterans Day, November 11th, WWP will be joining “America’s Parade,” the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade down 5th Avenue in Manhattan, with over 1,000 wounded veterans, caregivers, family members, friends, and supporters participating. WWP will host a number of events before and after the parade including a pre-Veterans Day dinner on the evening of November 10th and a special luncheon for marching warriors and their families in Times Square after the parade.
MILWAUKEE (Nov. 6, 2014) – Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) made a special delivery of new 2015 motorcycles to six U.S. military veterans. The surprise jumpstarts a new partnership between Harley-Davidson and Wounded Warrior Project to help improve the lives of service men and women living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Bill Davidson, great-grandson of company co-founder William A. Davidson, along with six Harley-Davidson employees who are veterans, rode the bikes – led by police motorcade – to Wounded Warrior Project headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. The team of riders gifted the motorcycles to the injured veterans during a press conference scheduled to announce the partnership.
Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014)– With the 2014 midterm elections now behind us, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) urges our lawmakers — both the current members of the 113th Congress and the incoming members of the 114th Congress — to reflect upon Washington’s long-standing commitment to our nation’s injured veterans, to consider the challenges they continue to face, and to seek bipartisan solutions that honor their service and sacrifice and prioritize their needs.
There is much more work to do to meet President Lincoln’s call – and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ mandate – “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.” There can be no higher priority than to help our wounded veterans fully recover, readjust, and rehabilitate their lives.
The Wounded Warrior Project resiliency program supports the dedicated personnel who care for wounded service members and their families in the initial days and weeks following an injury.
The program aims to show our deep gratitude to the teams at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and Ramstein Air Base in Germany and other international medical treatment facilities for the care and support they tirelessly provide to the wounded and their families, during an incredibly fragile and scary time. It is important that these brave men and women see the positive long-term impact they have on warriors every day.
These activities include “thank you” posters and video campaigns featuring wounded veterans’ success stories. For hospital staff it can be tremendously fulfilling to see how far an injured service member has come from their first days in the hospital. Other events offered to staff and their families are offsite dinners, game nights, and writers guild events.
Read more of the touching stories of warriors who have successfully transitioned and share their thanks with the LRMC staff.
Based on the responses of more than 21,000 injured veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) 2014 Alumni Survey results include the largest sample size of service members injured since 9/11 and is the most statistically relevant survey response of that population to date.
For survey findings, follow the links below or click here for a rundown of the survey's coverage.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced it has awarded $2.3 million in grants to organizations also serving this generation of injured service members and their families. Since its inception in 2012, the WWP Grant Program has awarded grants to over 85 different organizations, totaling more than $9.1 million.
“The WWP Grant Program strategically and proactively addresses the biggest trends and issues facing this generation of injured veterans,” said Steve Nardizzi, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project. “To truly impact a generation of warriors, it takes the collaboration and commitment of many organizations to meet the unique needs of warriors and their families. Coordinating efforts helps to ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history.”