SAN ANTONIO, March 6, 2017 -- You can hear the pride and excitement in Brian Neuman's voice when he talks about helping other warriors.
"Most of the people I know wish they had the opportunity to feel the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that I do every day," Brian said.
Brian joined Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in September 2005, so early in the organization that he was the twelfth employee, the first to work in San Antonio visiting other veterans at their hospital beds.
PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2017 -- Pittsburgh hockey is on another level when it comes to being competitive. That is what Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans discovered during a recent Penguins game against the Nashville Predators, where they connected over a mutual love for sports and their shared military experiences.
Veterans and their guests rallied at the Pittsburgh WWP office for a pre-game barbecue meal. Once the last rib bone was picked clean, the group headed to catch the action on the ice. Captain Sidney Crosby and his crew did not disappoint – the Penguins racked up a 4-2 victory over Nashville.
PHILADELPHIA, March 3, 2017 -- Since its founding in 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has prided itself on providing free life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. This is possible because of generous donors from all walks of life. One such donor is 11-year-old Nicholas Trycieckyj, who recently sent a letter and donation to WWP.
"I wanted to support Wounded Warrior Project because they do good things for our nation's soldiers," he explained. "Those soldiers risked their lives for our country, and they need help when they're hurt. Wounded Warrior Project is caring for them, and I wanted to give what I could to help them."
MARTINSVILLE, Ind., March 3, 2017 -- Injured veterans recently attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop in Martinsville, Indiana. These gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with others in their communities.
"Wounded Warrior Project reached out to me with everything I needed to ease my disability and reconnect to society," said Reuben Blanton, U.S. Army veteran from San Antonio, Texas. "The workshop was filled with many activities that tested our strengths, but it wasn't until the final night when we each shared what we got out of our time that we realized how far we came in just one week. Best event ever."
CHARLESTON, S.C., March 3, 2017 -- Injured veterans experienced the benefits of connecting with their community and fellow service members at a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event. Warriors and guests witnessed nonstop ice hockey action when the South Carolina Stingrays took on the Manchester Monarchs.
After bonding over some pre-game pizza, veterans and guests headed to the East Coast Hockey League matchup. The home team disarmed the Monarchs by scoring within the first 15 seconds of the game. While their opponents fought back, the Stingrays took away a 5-3 victory.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 3, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announced today it has joined the George W. Bush Institute's Warrior Wellness Alliance, furthering its commitment to support veterans through mental health programs and resources that empower them to live life on their terms.
Through the Warrior Wellness Alliance, WWP will work alongside innovative health care providers and peer-to-peer veterans service organizations to increase the number of warriors receiving high-quality, comprehensive, and effective treatment for the invisible wounds of war.
COVINGTON, La., March 2, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) prides itself on providing free life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. Since 2003, this has been possible because of generous donors from all walks of life. Eight-year-old Hunter Lee is one donor who recently decided to give to WWP to support its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
"I chose to support Wounded Warrior Project because they help our veterans," Hunter explained. "Those soldiers defended our country and need our help now. At church, our pastor gave us some money and told us to use it for good. This is how I wanted to help."
STILLWATER, Minn., March 2, 2017 -- Children of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans welcomed their favorite Disney® princesses during a meet-and-greet connection event. While the little ones mingled with the princesses, wounded warriors and family members bonded with fellow military families.
Kids dressed in their best finery for a tea party at the historic Water Street Inn, where Snow White, Cinderella, and other princesses joined them. Coloring, dancing, and sing-alongs did not leave anyone too tired to explore the famous Stillwater Ice Castles. Families marveled at frozen formations made of more than 10,000 glittering icicles.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Feb. 27, 2017 -- Warm ocean breezes and opportunities to bond with fellow veterans awaited guests during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) luau. Injured veterans and guests experienced a taste of true island culture and the benefits of connecting with the community and fellow service members.
Attendees enjoyed boat rides, getting temporary tattoos with Polynesian designs, making leis, and witnessing traditional Hawaiian practices such as casting fishing nets and shucking coconuts. Dinner festivities started with a gathering around the underground oven – also called an imu – to see the removal of the roasted pig. While the warriors dined on native delicacies, dancers put on a show to represent the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and New Zealand.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 27, 2017 -- After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus will bid a final farewell to audiences in May. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans and their families recently experienced the magic one last time in Jacksonville. While warriors and guests enjoyed the feats of both human and animal stars, they learned what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow service members.
Before the act began in the big top, guest ringmaster Chris Shriver of news station WJXT called attention to the warriors in attendance, and the audience roared their appreciation. Soon after, they were entertained by exotic animals, trick riders, acrobats, and more. Army veteran Carl Wheless took joy in seeing the show delight his wife and three-year-old son.