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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 1, 2018 -- The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® is coming back to New York City, and with it, comes an evening dedicated to WWP's warriors and most passionate supporters. This annual gala, happening on May 31st, takes time to recognize the service and dedication of those who make the WWP mission possible, and those who inspire others to do more for our nations wounded warriors.  

Three awards will be given out during the evening, recognizing the efforts of those that have gone above and beyond supporting the needs of our returning warriors. Longtime WWP partner USAA® will receive the Empowerment Award. And for his continuous efforts at the local level, organizing community supporters to rally around the mission of WWP, Tom Cocchiarella of Minneapolis, Minnesota will receive the Service Award. The recipient of the Courage Award, which honors a warrior, family member, or caregiver who embodies the core values of WWP, will be announced the night of the event.

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SAN DIEGO, April 30, 2018 -- Pizza lovers rejoice – 131 Papa John's® stores across multiple western states are offering a special combo to raise support for the warriors served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Now through May 27, $2 of every special combo sold – two large one-topping pizzas, cheesesticks, and a two-liter beverage for $25 – will be donated to WWP.

Since 2003, WWP has been a tireless advocate for our nation's finest, improving the lives of over half a million warriors and their families with free programs and services. WWP serves warriors by connecting them with one another and their communities. Programs also focus on mental and physical health and wellness, financial wellness, independence, government relations, and community relations and partnerships.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 27, 2018 -- Warriors and their guests gathered to hike the challenging Usery Mountain Wind Cave trail and learn how to dine out nutritionally during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) event designed to promote physical wellness and mental health.

"This was a wonderful opportunity to be outdoors and engage with other warriors," said Navy veteran Katherine Goode of Scottsdale, Arizona. "It was such a beautiful location, which made it easier to have casual conversations with other warriors."

"I love to hike, and being outdoors is very therapeutic for me," said Army veteran Desiree Gonzales. "I brought my 16-month-old son, and he's been hiking with me since he was two months old."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 27, 2018 -- To support the growing needs of wounded veterans across America, Verizon announced a month-long campaign to give back to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). From April 27 until May 31, Verizon will donate $10 to WWP for each new smartphone purchased by a veteran or active duty military member. Additionally, those service members who purchase a new smartphone will receive a $200 Mastercard gift card.

"For Verizon, it's about honoring military service and supporting our military communities. We value veterans for their superb training, discipline, leadership, dedication and experience supporting our country" said Dr. David M. Caruth, an Army veteran and marketing manager at Verizon.  "Named the #1 Military-Friendly Company, Verizon is committed to being one of the best places to work for veterans.  Whether it's creating the best network to keep our loved ones close, offering jobs to those returning to civilian life, or with this humbling donation to WWP, Verizon proudly serves in any way it can."

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WASHINGTON, April 26, 2018 -- During the annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® event at the White House, the president welcomed over 70 wounded, ill, and injured post-9/11 service members and veterans and their caregivers. This segment of the iconic bicycle ride follows a special tradition among United States presidents that began in 2008 with President George W. Bush and continues today.

"I especially want to thank Mike Linnington and everyone at Wounded Warrior Project," said President Donald Trump. "There is no more important job than supporting the warriors who fought and bled to keep us free. So, thank you very much."

Before the ceremony, WWP warriors met the president and gathered in the East Room for meet-and-greets with cabinet members, military leaders, and other White House guests.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 26, 2018 -- Wounded warrior couples from across the nation attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop at the Seven Springs ski lodge. These gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with their significant others and their communities.

U.S. Marine Corps wounded warrior Bryan Johnson and his fiancé Jessica Ayers attended the workshop as support for veteran couples who are just beginning their healing journeys. As a peer support couple, Bryan and Jessica are further along in their own recovery and can listen and provide feedback to couples who are dealing with similar relationship issues due to combat stress.

"As a couple, we were at rock bottom," said Bryan Johnson, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. "We could only go up from there, so we wanted to attend and see what we could learn."

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SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their family members recently attended a bodyweight exercise clinic with Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP) at Fathom® CrossFit. The workout is part of WWP's Physical Health and Wellness coaching program – a three-month goal-driven opportunity designed to reduce stress, combat depression, and promote an overall healthy and active lifestyle.

"It was extremely helpful for me to learn the correct ways to do exercises throughout the clinic," said Loraine Garcia, U.S. Army wounded warrior from National City, California.

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WASHINGTON, April 24, 2018 -- The President will welcome a group of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans at a White House ceremony during Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride®. This segment of the iconic bicycle ride follows a special tradition among United States presidents that begin in 2008 with President George W. Bush and continues today.

"I am honored to host these wounded warriors who have made profound sacrifices to keep our people safe and our democracy secure," said President Donald J. Trump. "For more than a decade, the White House has proudly celebrated the Soldier Ride, where patients from military hospitals connect with local wounded veterans, building support systems to help veterans manage the visible and invisible wounds of war. These brave individuals don't ride alone on this mission. They move forward together, as a unit, just like they did during their military service, and I applaud and admire their resilience and solidarity."

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STOWE, Vt., April 21, 2018 -- Injured veterans and their guests enjoyed the last days of winter as they gathered with other warriors to ski cross-country with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

"We liked it so much, we're planning on going back on our own," said Army veteran David Phelps. "The location is beautiful and serene, and the staff are very warm and friendly. It's a great place to unwind and regroup." 

Activities like skiing and socializing with other veterans can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 30.3 percent indicated physical activity helps.

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SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gave injured veterans the opportunity to experience the healing powers of nature and camaraderie during a six-mile hike on Cowles Mountain's scenic trails.

"I miss the brotherhood that I had in the military and being able to talk to people who understand that life," said Marine Corps veteran Anthone Wiles. "This hike allowed me to spend time with fellow motivators who have been through some of the same things I have, or more." 

"I wanted to spend time with my son and had never been hiking on my own before," said Army veteran Loraine Garcia, "so I felt safe doing it with a trustworthy group. This was my first event since moving to San Diego. I recognized two other people, so I felt comfortable talking with them."

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