JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 2, 2015) – When Kimberley Dotstry’s service with the U.S. Navy ended, the transition from military to civilian life was much more difficult than she expected. She loved the uniform, but when she was discharged, she felt adrift. She says there were more worries, less money, and greater uncertainty, and she eventually became homeless.
“When you’re discharged, that’s it. You’re out. I was homeless and had to support my family. I needed help,” says Kimberley. “Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans stabilized my life and gave me balance.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (September 25, 2015) – When Randy Horton hit the road from Newport Beach, California, it was a hot and sunny day. It is then fitting that he arrived in Jacksonville to almost identical weather. Starting on the wooden slats of the Newport Beach Pier 26 days ago, with nothing but supplies, his bicycle, and the grit to go the distance, the 64-year-old veteran has peddled over 3,000 miles, averaging 110 to 120 miles per day.
“I’m passionate about supporting our nation’s injured service members – the few who fight to protect the freedom of this great country,” said Randy. “Many come home with wounds you can and can’t see, like a missing limb, combat stress, or depression.”
INVERNESS, FLA. (September 18, 2015) – Injured service members donned (earmuffs) and boarded airboats to see Florida’s waterways recently. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the veterans on the journey through Inverness as part of its Alumni program.
Many wounded service members return to civilian life dealing not only with their visible injuries but invisible ones as well. The Veterans Administration estimates more than 300,000 service members return from the battlefield suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences. WWP sees opportunities to engage veterans with each other and the community as a chance to heal. These veterans are considered alumni because of the dues they paid while serving our country.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida (September 21, 2015) – More than 12,300 golfers, including 567 injured service members, teed up for the fifth-annual “World’s Largest Golf Outing” at 132 courses in 28 states to raise a record $1,024,242 for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
Since its inception in 2011, the World’s Largest Golf Outing has contributed more than $3 million to WWP. A portion of golfers’ entry fees and 100% of donations benefit the organization whose mission is to honor and empowers Wounded Warriors.
“It’s humbling to see this amazing event evolve into an industry-wide initiative,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf who recently accepted WWP’s prestigious Talkhouse Award. “Raising awareness and critical funds for the brave men and women whose sacrifices secure our freedom is paramount.”
White Sulphur Springs, WV (September 23, 2015) – On September 26, The Greenbrier will host tennis legends Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, James Blake and Jim Courier for the fourth annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic. The event will support Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
“The generosity of supporters at events like The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic is what allows our organization to fulfill its mission of honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors,” said Adam Silva, chief development officer of WWP. “We are extremely thankful to The Greenbrier and its amazing staff and supporters. Their kindness will go a long way in helping provide critical resources to the warriors, families and caregivers Wounded Warrior Project serves through 20 free life-saving programs and services.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 17, 2015) – Allies on the battlefield enjoyed healthy competition on the golf course as 10 wounded veterans from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) squared off against 10 wounded service members from the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Battle Back organization for the Courage Cup, hosted by WWP. This Ryder Cup-style golf tournament took place over three days at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with the Battle Back participants coming up victorious and bringing the trophy back to the U.K.
The participating WWP Alumni earned their spots on the team by participating in local, regional, and national golf events offered through the WWP Physical Health and Wellness program. They were selected to the team based on their golf skills in addition to their exemplary participation as WWP Alumni.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 15, 2015) – On September 11, 2015, injured veterans and staff members with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) joined service platoons from The Mission Continues (TMC), community volunteers, and parents for a day of service at Democracy Prep, a Washington, D.C., charter school in Congress Park.
“In the WWP Peer Support program, our mantra is ‘peer mentoring is not about me, it is about the warrior I am mentoring,’” said Ernest “EJ” Delpero, WWP Alumni and peer mentor. “Similarly, the 9/11 memorial project was about service, not self. It was about coming together with fellow veterans and making a positive impact in the community where there was great need. There is something empowering about a movement like that.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (September 14, 2015) – When Randy Horton hit the road from Newport Beach, California, it was an exceptionally hot and sunny day. Starting on the wooden slats of the Newport Beach Pier and armed with nothing but camping supplies, his bicycle, and the grit to go the distance, the 64-year-old veteran has been peddling his way across the American Southwest. Heading east, he has been averaging 100 to 120 miles per day. So far, Randy has traveled over 1,200 miles of his 3,074-mile journey to raise awareness and funds for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 11, 2015) – On September 11, a group of wounded service members gathered outside their hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a brief ceremony commemorating the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. For many of those in attendance, this date stands as more than just a date of a national tragedy, but also as the date that they felt called to serve their country. These wounded service members came together as part of the peer mentor training offered by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
ATLANTA, GA. (September 10, 2015) – Wounded service members enjoyed an afternoon in the water with whale sharks, manta rays, and a variety of fish. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) took the injured veterans to Georgia Aquarium as part of the nonprofit organization’s Alumni program. The event allowed the service members a chance to enjoy the unique swim while learning more about WWP.
WWP’s mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The WWP Alumni program creates support through shared experiences. Injured veterans can see other veterans dealing with the same challenges they may face. This interaction can give them someone to relate to while they heal from injuries from their time spent on the battlefield.