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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE

PHILADELPHIA, (March 23, 2016) – There is a reason to send flowers to friends and family when they’re not feeling well, having a bad day, or to celebrate an occasion – flowers raise the spirits. During the Philadelphia Flower Show, wounded veterans and their families explored the venue of floral displays, after an invitation from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The 2016 Flower Show theme of honoring our national parks exposed guests to the variety and vast beauty found in the great outdoors.

“As soon as you walked in the aroma of the flowers and vibrant colors took your breath away and diminished any remaining ‘winter funk,’” said Anja Mizner, spouse and caregiver of a wounded veteran and WWP Alumnus. “When you go from exhibit to exhibit and then realize almost everything is made of flowers and plants, it makes you appreciate the countless hours the florists must have spent to make the displays so stunning.”

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WHITE SANDS, N.M. (March 22, 2016) – In honor of those who fell during the Bataan Death March of 1942, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range. Marchers come to this memorial event for the personal challenge, the spirit of competition, or to foster esprit de corps in their units.

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ZAMORA, Calif. – Think back for a moment to your childhood. Did you have a favorite or special place?  For many of today’s adults, the answer would be in the great outdoors with family and friends. Nothing could be truer for wounded veterans who recently shared quality time together at Quail Point Hunt Club during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni pheasant hunt.

“This serves as a release for me and makes me feel whole,” said Army veteran Russell Baldwin, who grew up enjoying the outdoors. “I grew up hunting and fishing, and this event reminds me of hunting as a boy, with my dad and brothers-- before I joined the military.”

The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and brings injured veterans together to build camaraderie.

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – With sweat on their foreheads and tools in their hands, a group of wounded veterans came together to renovate a home that is being donated to an injured veteran in need. The event was organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumna Ginger MacDonald, who partnered with local WWP staff and Habitat for Humanity to coordinate volunteers and participants.

“I just wanted to give back to other veterans, just like Bob Karlstrand decided to do when he gave up his home to Habitat for Humanity,” said Ginger. “After seeing the news article on TV about him and reading the Habitat for Humanity article I was moved to be a part of it and do something constructive.”

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Review Finds WWP is Steadfast in its Mission to Serving Thousands of Warriors, Caregivers and Family Members, and That Certain Allegations Raised Were Inaccurate

Board Creates Office of the CEO to Oversee the Organization on an Interim Basis; CEO Steve Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano Are No Longer with WWP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 10, 2016) – The Wounded Warrior Project (“WWP”) Board of Directors today addressed the independent review regarding concerns raised publicly about WWP in recent weeks.

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Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is excited to announce the launch of the seventh annual WWP Alumni Survey. Information gathered from these annual surveys is critical to fulfilling our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Based on previous survey findings, WWP has enhanced existing programs and developed new ones, like the groundbreaking Warrior Care Network™. We will use the results of the 2016 survey to do the same.

WWP Alumni should receive an email in early March with an individualized survey link. As a token of our appreciation for taking the time to complete the survey, respondents will receive an exclusive WWP Maglite flashlight!

Please contact the WWP survey team with any questions regarding the 2016 WWP Alumni Survey at 1.844.WWP.2016 or surveysupport@woundedwarriorproject.org.

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MIAMI, Fla. – In a whirlwind of smells and colors, a group of wounded veterans and their caregivers gathered in Coral Gables to express their creativity. The all-female event hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) was open to WWP Alumni and family support members.

Participants enjoyed savory Cuban cuisine paired with sparkling cider and fruity club soda, and united to impart their unique takes on one theme for their vibrant paintings: Moonlight Cherry Blossoms.

Elizabeth Giraud, whose husband is a retired Army veteran, said she had an amazing time at the event. “I found it encouraging to meet ladies who are in similar circumstances I can relate to.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” The quote attributed to Argentinian Jose Narosky talks about the toll of battlefield experiences. It sits as one of the centerpieces for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, just around the corner from congressional offices in Washington D.C. The quote and memorial serve as a reminder of the sacrifice service members make when they serve our nation, and the importance of taking care of them when they return home. 

In the Cannon House Office Building Thursday, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) called on Congress to take action to help wounded veterans with two key policy items: covering the cost of starting a family for veterans who lost that ability due to injury, and fixing a loophole in health care coverage for some wounded veterans.

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ATLANTA – Living out a night of wild political intrigue, murder, and food, 48 Alumni from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently enjoyed a night at Agatha’s Murder Mystery in Atlanta. This event was hosted as part of the Alumni program, designed to bring wounded veterans together through shared experiences.

“The staff greeted us as we arrived, told us what we would be doing, and had us sit in groups at tables,” said Martha Glover, Navy veteran and WWP Alumna. “Once we sat down, the murder mystery began.”

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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — A special gathering for wounded veterans who endured the elements to learn a new, unique skill in Vermont. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited a group of WWP Alumni to tighten their ice leashes, pull on the gloves, and brave the chill to learn the basics of ice climbing.

WWP’s Alumni program is one of 20 free programs and services offered to injured service members, their families and caregivers. Through social gatherings like these, WWP works to help wounded veterans find each other so they can heal through the power of bonding and camaraderie. Many returning service members face similar challenges readjusting to civilian life; spending time with other combat veterans who have shared experiences is a significant part of their recovery.

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