JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2016 -- As an 11-year Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Yvette Francis was certainly familiar with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). In fact, she had crossed paths with the organization more than once.
"I was first told about Wounded Warrior Project back in 2009 when I returned home from Iraq the second time," she said. "I remember getting a pretty shirt, but I figured the organization was probably just something for people who are still in the military. I didn't take it seriously."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2016 -- From nori to bamboo mats to the perfect sticky rice, there is great effort that goes into the art of making sushi. A group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently learned all about it during a cooking class in Tallahassee. Participants experienced firsthand what is possible when exposed to social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow warriors.
Once warriors and guests chose from a variety of ingredients to customize their sushi rolls, culinary instructors provided tools and the guidance for the group to create their delicacies.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 18, 2016 -- Under the sea is a whole new world waiting to be experienced. During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) outreach event, a group of injured veterans learned how to explore it in a scuba diving class. They also discovered what is possible when exposed to social gatherings that get them out of the house and connected with fellow warriors.
Participants took part in an introductory course for diving with the use of a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba). Gathering in a swimming pool, the warriors were properly fitted with gear, and they explored underwater with teachers from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors®.
HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took a group of warriors and their families to pay tribute to the fallen on Veterans Day. The gathering provides an opportunity for veterans to not only reflect on their brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice but also forge friendships with other warriors who have shared experiences.
In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn veterans to address their mental health issues.
NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 -- Hundreds of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue in New York City Friday to thank the men and women who served our country. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought hundreds of warriors and their families to take part in America's Parade as a way to honor them.
Gatherings like this Veterans Day parade provide an opportunity for wounded veterans to make new connections and enhance their support structure. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn veterans to address their mental health issues.
MOAB, Utah, Nov. 17, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) teamed up with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP), Poison Spider™ Bicycles, and Cliffs and Canyons to provide a unique recreational experience for an all-male multi-day mental health workshop at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, Utah.
TASP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing educational and recreational opportunities that develop life skills, encourage personal growth, and promote independence. The TASP mission blends well with WWP's mission to honor and empower Wou
HOUSTON, Nov. 16, 2016 -- Veterans with service-related health issues can receive instant relief as Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) holds a Benefits Claims Day from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm at Combined Arms in Houston. This innovative gathering helps warriors quickly obtain needed care by placing them face-to-face with a WWP staff member and a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) representative, who directly impacts the outcome of medical claims.
With long-term financial and health support playing a critical, empowering role in the recovery process, WWP created the Benefits Service program, helping injured veterans navigate the complexities of the Department of Defense and VA.
BEDFORD, Texas, Nov. 16, 2016 -- For U.S. Army veteran Demecia Rogers, the rough years began during her deployment to Iraq in 2003. They might very well have continued, had she not reached out to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) – a decision that laid the foundation for the support network she is part of today.
When the U.S. began its war with Iraq, Demecia went downrange to do her part as a communications specialist with the 63rd Chemical Company, 101st Airborne Division. Training taught her to be vigilant when on the lookout for the enemy. The adversary she would eventually face, however, was on her side of the battle line – a situation for which she was less than prepared.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) welcomes to its board of directors four new members with the appointments of Lt. Gen. (ret) Richard Tryon, the Honorable Juan Garcia, Mr. Ken Fisher, and Dr. Jonathan Woodson, and plans to appoint additional members in the new year.
"Our newest board members bring a broad range of valuable experience: from military, business, and nonprofit to government, education, and medicine," said Mike Linnington, WWP chief executive officer. "I look forward to working closely with our new board members, gaining their valuable insights, learning from their experiences, and furthering our efforts to connect, serve, and empower our warriors."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 -- Every year, the NFL celebrates and recognizes members of the military as part of the league's year-round Salute to Service campaign, in honor of Veterans Day. Contributions to the campaign support injured veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), which connects wounded warriors and their families to valuable resources and a variety of free programs and services that empower them to live life on their own terms.
This year the NFL will provide financial support to one of WWP's mental health programs, Project Odyssey®. Through challenging outdoor activities, warriors discover inner strength and find the courage to continue their journeys toward recovery.