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WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Fifteen veteran and military service organizations have joined a coalition led by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to urge Congress to quickly pass S. 2117, the Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act. Introduced by Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), the FAIR Heroes Act will provide the most severely injured warriors the ability to choose between Medicare and TRICARE, a choice they've earned through their service that could save their families over $1,000 each year in premiums alone. 

The FAIR Heroes Act is supported by a coalition of veteran and military family organizations including the Air Force Association, Association of the United States Army, Association of the United States Navy, AMVETS, Army Aviation Association of America, Chief Warrant & Warrant Officers Association of the U.S. Coast Guard, Got Your 6, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Military Officers Association of America®, the National Military Family Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Service Women's Action Network, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vietnam Veterans of America®.

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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Pittsburgh residents will have a chance to rally behind local community foundations and support their favorite charity on Nov. 28. "Give Big" is returning to Pittsburgh, and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will be among the nonprofits registered to participate in the 24-hour online giving challenge.

WWP programs and services assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, connecting warriors with one another and their communities, and long-term care for the most seriously wounded. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to take part in connection activities and benefit from program resources at no cost to them.

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HONOLULU, Nov. 14, 2017 -- Injured veterans may have walked in empty-handed, but by the end of a recent series of classes with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), they left with electric guitars they built on their own.

These WWP gatherings empowered veterans to explore the unique hobby of building an electric guitar while sharing their everyday experiences with one another.

During each six-hour course, warriors received kits with all the supplies and materials needed to build their very own Stratocaster-style electric guitar. In addition to learning how to make the instrument, they reviewed basic care and maintenance and gained an understanding of the different parts and functions of the instrument.

Dionisios Nicholas, a Marine Corps veteran, said this event happened at the perfect time since he is also learning to play guitar.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2017 -- At age 83, Paris-born Bernard Darty feels fortunate to enjoy time with his family and spend winters in Miami Beachnearly three-quarters of a century after escaping Nazi invaders in France as a child. Although he lost his mother to the Auschwitz concentration camp, today he is so moved with gratitude for the American troops who liberated him in Normandy in 1944 that he has made a significant donation of $500,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) this Veterans Dayto help U.S. veterans and their families—hoping to trigger a new movement of supporting American veterans.

"In giving this donation, I want to thank Americans with all my heart for rescuing us during the war," Darty said. "The gratitude I feel to these men is beyond words. They were saviors, doling out sweets to half-starved, war-worn children who had almost given up hope of freedom. That is why I want to support American veterans—and why I support America. I hope my donation inspires others to do the same."

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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 10, 2017 -- Bike Pittsburgh (BikePGH) will collaborate with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for the second consecutive year to host a Veterans Day bike ride followed by the Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade, tomorrow. It will be a 22-kilometer (13.7 mile) bike ride for veterans registered with WWP. The significance of the number represents the approximately 22 veterans who take their lives each day.

In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, 30.3 percent of survey respondents expressed physical activity helps them cope with stress and emotional or mental health concerns. This ride aims to raise awareness for veterans' mental health while providing a positive social experience and physical activity for wounded warriors before they head out to the Veterans Day Parade.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) urges Congress to quickly pass the Fair Access to Insurance for Retired (FAIR) Heroes Act. The FAIR Heroes Act will provide the most severely injured warriors the ability to choose between Medicare and TRICARE, a choice they've earned through their service that could save their families over a thousand dollars each year in premiums alone. 

TRICARE is a low-cost health insurance program available to service members, retirees, and their families. Many of the most severely injured warriors qualify for both Medicare and TRICARE. They earn TRICARE upon medical retirement and qualify early for Medicare if they cannot work for a sustained period of time. Although these veterans earned TRICARE through their service, they lose the chance to remain on this plan if they cannot work and have to purchase Medicare Part B, which is more costly.

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CINCINNATI, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) teamed with Dewey's Pizza to give warriors and their families a chance to experience old-school pizza-making techniques: tossing dough high in the air to shape it, topping a pie with favorites, and sliding the pizza into a huge oven. Of course, the final exam, the most anticipated part of pizza school, is eating your creation.

"I felt it was a great experience for me and my kids to bond," said Army Reserve veteran Matthew Lawrence. "The team members were super helpful with crafting the pizza with the kids."

Matthew went with sausage, green peppers, and banana peppers on his unique pizza creation. He said he thinks he'll now try to make his own pizza at home.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2017 -- Veteran owned business and custom longboard maker KOTA Longboards® today announced a campaign designed to give back to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). KOTA, which stands for Knights of the Air, has a strong affinity for the military community and fully supports the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

"Longboarding is a physically invigorating and mentally relaxing activity for all ages," KOTA Founder Mike Maloney said. "Over the past few years, KOTA has worked with Wounded Warrior Project to develop a post traumatic stress healing program around the recreation of longboarding to great success. Now we're honored to offer this limited edition design that directly supports the critical work Wounded Warrior Project does serving our veteran community."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2017 -- For the past eight years, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has surveyed wounded veterans registered with the organization. The annual polling represents the largest and most comprehensive annual survey conducted by a veterans service organization. It provides valuable insights into the lives of more than 100,000 men and women who were wounded serving our nation and now are served by WWP. The data – including topics such as injuries, challenges, unemployment, health care choices, and successes – helps determine the needs of today's generation of wounded warriors.

Results in this year's survey, completed by more than 34,000 veterans, show more injured veterans are trusting the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care concerns. More warriors are also gainfully employed than in past years. However, there are significant challenges these men and women face.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2017 -- One-in-five veterans deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq lives with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That estimate, from a RAND study, helps make the invisible wound of war one of the signature injuries of the global war on terror.

PTSD symptoms may range from anxiety, isolation, guilt, insomnia and intrusive thoughts. Responses to these symptoms may include irritability, hypervigilance and social isolation. The range and manifestation of symptoms makes PTSD complex and challenging for clinicians to treat.

An innovative collaboration between Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and four top academic medical centers addresses those challenges. Warrior Care Network® is a partnership to bring world-class mental health care to injured veterans around the nation.

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