Injured Warriors Still Combating Mental Health Challenges
It could be the smell of fresh wheat bread in a kitchen, the chirping of crickets on a hot night, or even the cold touch of a puppy’s curious nose – within moments of experiencing any of these senses, one would instantly recall memories connected to such prompts. One would become unintentionally and instantly flooded with memories, the power of which could remain for seconds, minutes, or even days. Experiences and memories make us who we are as individuals. They make our interactions with others unique, impacting and changing groups, even communities. They help us self-identity, revealing what brings us joy, sorrow, pain, and even fear.
No soul is immune to such basic human nature – not even a soldier at war can be safe from the mind’s inevitable, humanistic need to link memories of events to a sight, sound, smell, taste, or touch, all in an effort to better understand what the soul experiences. The mind becomes a filing system of sorts; for combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the mind can become its own enemy.
Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2015) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) submitted a Statement for the Record before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Subcommittee on Health on pending veterans’ health-related legislation. Under consideration today, several of the measures directly support WWP’s 2015 policy priorities, including access to mental health care, and long-term care and rehabilitation, including fertility.
“In our testimony before the Joint Committees earlier this year, we urged Congress to improve access to mental health care, improve the long-term care needs for catastrophically injured veterans, and enact legislation that would enable couples unable to conceive due to service-incurred illness or injury to start families,” said Jeremy Chwat, chief program officer at WWP. “The bills under consideration today meet each of those challenges, and we encourage the Subcommittee’s support of these bills.”
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is mourning the loss of WWP board of directors member, Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney (ret.), who passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 after a valiant battle with cancer.
“Wounded Warrior Project is deeply saddened by the loss of Admiral Delaney, a great mentor, leader, and friend,” said Steve Nardizzi, WWP chief executive officer. “Admiral Delaney lived his life working diligently to serve others – especially veterans and their families. He truly embodied our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, and he will be forever in our thoughts as we strive toward our vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.”
Burbank, CA, April 15, 2015 – From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” arriving onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production. “American Sniper” stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
ATLANTA - Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® will arrive in Atlanta on April 23 for a three-day rehabilitative cycling event. Soldier Ride brings injured veterans from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing.
The wheels are set in motion with a bike fitting where injured service members are fit with adaptive equipment on April 23 at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Center. During the three-day event, Wounded Warrior Project provides state-of-the-art cycling equipment to injured service members at no cost, including adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate various injuries and disabilities, as well as upright road bikes for riders not requiring adaptive equipment.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® will arrive in the Washington, D.C. area on April 14 for a five-day rehabilitative cycling event that travels from Northern Virginia to Maryland. Soldier Ride brings injured service members from across the country together for a long weekend focused on physical health and wellness, camaraderie, and healing. Along with cycling, they will also participate in team building and other physical activities. Some of this year’s participants will be traveling from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the inspirational journey.
The week-long event begins with a bike fitting where each injured service members is fit with adaptive equipment to meet their specific needs. On Wednesday, the group will cycle 17 miles through the picturesque vistas of the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, The following day, they will visit Washington, D.C. with a trip to the White House. The ride will pick back up on Friday, for a ride in Annapolis, Md. which includes a trip through the United States Naval Academy. That afternoon will also include an exclusive workout at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters. On Saturday, they will head to Marlboro County for a hilly 20-mile ride to wrap up the week.
Jacksonville, Fla. (March 27, 2015) - Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has assembled an advisory council to advance the current and future work of WWP. This group of accomplished community leaders will provide leadership with direction that will help achieve WWP’s vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
Created by WWP’s leadership team and board of directors, the advisory council includes senior government officials, current and former service members and/or caregivers, corporate or major donors, C-suite executives, and national figures who have demonstrated an interest in the WWP mission of honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors.
“The WWP Advisory Council will help guide the direction of the organization and navigate its future,” says WWP chief operating officer Al Giordano. “This council brings a wealth of experience to the table and will serve as an invaluable resource as we strive towards our goal of serving 100,000 warriors by 2017 and raising $500 million for our Long-Term Support Trust.”
Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2015) – The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, are teaming up to give more military kids an opportunity to experience free summer camp with their peers.
Operation Purple® Camps, a program of NMFA, sends about 1,100 kids to camps at locations around the country each year. In 2015, thanks to WWP’s generous support, more than 2,600 military kids will get to go to camp. This partnership also allows NMFA to expand eligibility to children of the wounded, ill or injured.
Jacksonville, Fla. (March 19, 2015) – When injured service members return from the battlefield, they are faced with a multitude of decisions regarding their future. Whether it’s the decision to retire, enter the civilian workforce, or further their education, there is often a lack of direction or support for what comes next. For those who decide to pursue an advanced education, the road to a degree can be a complicated and often confusing one. It is with this path in mind that Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) operates its education initiatives.
As a part of WWP’s commitment to its mission: to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, the organization has teamed up with Sentinels of Freedom® to provide support for the continuing education of injured service members. Through a $2 million commitment over the next four years, this funding will help clear the existing obstacles facing these wounded veterans as they strive toward advanced degrees.
Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2015) – On October 15, 2004, over a decade ago, Army Specialist Matthew Drake’s life changed in an instant. The blast from a suicide car bomb in Al-Qaim, Iraq, killed the four passengers in his vehicle and left him with life-threatening injuries to his brain and skull, and serious injuries over his entire body. The injuries were severe. The damage from this attack, especially to his brain, would require critical medical care and intensive rehabilitation, but the uncertainty about his future was worse. Would he be able to walk? Would he talk? Could he care for himself? What quality of life would he have? What would happen in the future, when he would still need treatment and support, if his family could no longer be there?