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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (November 4, 2015) – More than three in four wounded veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the 2015 annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni Survey, released nationally this morning.

More than 23,000 injured service members completed the comprehensive survey, making it the largest collection of data on this generation of injured veterans ever collected. 

Since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started nearly 15 years ago, the Department of Defense reports more than 52,000 men and women have been physically wounded. These are just the visible wounds – such as loss of a limb, burns, and gunshot wounds -- many more are not visible, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (November 2, 2015) - Leading up to Veterans Day, Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, today announced the launch of the Wall of Honor community donation campaign in all stores. Every cent generated through customer donations from Nov. 2-15 will be donated in support of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program.

Customers are encouraged to visit their neighborhood BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores to purchase a $1 Dedication Card and write a special message to their own military hero.  These personal dedications will build a Wall of Honor at each store as a visual tribute to those who served, continue to serve and sacrifice for the nation. Customers can also like, follow and share BI-LO, Harveys, Winn-Dixie and WWP Facebook posts and Twitter feeds with #AllforHonor; or honor a veteran by posting a dedication on www.facebook.com/allforhonor.

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Donnie Starling, Team RWB Old Glory Relay Event Coordinator

What do you see in this picture? Can you see the secret ingredient? Let me help you out.   

I am the Team Red, White and Blue Events Coordinator for the Old Glory Relay. This year’s Relay is moving a single American flag from San Francisco to Washington D.C. in an effort to capture the Faces of Old Glory across our great nation.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (October 14, 2015) – Dozens of injured veterans and their families boarded the USS Yorktown Tuesday evening to see the retired aircraft carrier up close. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought the injured service members to the ship as part of its Alumni program. 

The WWP Alumni program helps create support through shared experiences. Wounded veterans have the opportunity to share their transition to civilian life with other service members who are going through the same life changes. The Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services provided by WWP. 

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 7, 2015) –When Robert Williamson was injured in combat during an extremely difficult deployment in Al Taji, Iraq, in 2004, the physical injuries were extensive: a back injury, an arm injury, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, when he eventually made it home from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, it was the invisible wounds that he struggled with most.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (October 7, 2015) – Dozens of injured veterans got an up-close look at the history of U.S. space travel with a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the group to the visitor’s center for NASA’s Florida home for rocket launches as part of its Alumni program.

The Alumni program creates support through shared experiences, helping support WWP’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through sporting events, gatherings, and an online community, the Alumni program boosts camaraderie and brings injured veterans together to help each other heal. It is one of 20 programs and services made available to wounded service members free of charge.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (October 5, 2015) – Nearly a dozen wounded veterans saddled up to experience the views around Los Angeles on horseback.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hosted the ride through Griffith Park as part of its Alumni program. The goal of the program is to help create support through shared experiences. Whether it is a horseback ride, a nature hike, or group tickets to a sporting event, the WWP Alumni program brings injured veterans together to help in the healing process. WWP provides 20 programs and services to wounded service members, free of charge. 

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BATON ROUGE, LA. (October 2, 2015) – One by one, wounded veterans boarded the USS Kidd along the banks of the Mississippi River. The Fletcher-class destroyer’s 38 caliber gun mounts still face the bow and the stern of the 72-year-old ship. One of the steam silos still shows the image of Captain William Kidd, a pirate chosen as a mascot for the ship during its maiden voyage. The USS Kidd is actually named for Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd.

The USS Kidd is a memorial to the USS Navy spirit, a reminder of the response following Pearl Harbor. The Navy launched the Kidd just more than 15 months after Japan bombed the Navy’s westernmost fleet. That attack was the catalyst that marked the U.S. entrance into World War II.

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLO. (October 1, 2015) – Nearly a dozen wounded veterans hiked miles along the Continental Divide Trail, experiencing the breath-taking views you can only experience from atop mountains. The hike and camping trip gave the injured service members not only a chance to enjoy nature, but also an opportunity to spend time and heal with fellow veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) believes in creating support through shared experiences. The WWP Alumni program brings wounded veterans together for outdoor events, sports, and even an online community to help grow that support. WWP considers veterans Alumni because of the sacrifices they have made for our country. There are no membership dues for Alumni; they paid those on the battlefield. The Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services offered by WWP. 

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KANSAS CITY, MO (September 30, 2015) — When returning from combat, many service members find the transition back to civilian life challenging. Often, this challenge takes a toll on their relationships with their spouses, as they struggle to cope with the stress associated with their time in combat. It is with this in mind that Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) offers its Project Odyssey® couples retreats.

Last week, five couples from the Kansas City area participated in one of these retreats, designed to teach them how to rebuild trust and relationships affected by the experiences of combat. Over this five-day retreat, couples engaged with nature, with each other, and with Project Odyssey staff while participating in activities including high ropes courses, canoeing, a cooking class, and trust-building exercises.

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