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ATLANTA, May 15, 2018 -- Yoga instructors encouraged injured veterans and their family members to increase their metabolisms, gain strength, and increase flexibility through a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) ladies-only yoga dance class.

Vinyasa yoga combines elements of power yoga, fitness, dance, and meditation. The class practiced long-held poses and deep breathing techniques while grooving to upbeat popular songs. This style of strength training yoga taught warriors liberating and exciting ways to use these techniques as part of their recoveries.

"I was always interested in taking yoga, but the idea of adding dance music seemed more exciting," said Army veteran Beverly Townes from Snellville, Georgia. "I thoroughly enjoyed the event even though some of the moves were a little challenging, but the staff provided alternate moves and positions for those of us who were unable to do the regular positions."

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OAKDALE, Conn., May 9, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited injured veterans and their guests to explore more than 165 thrilling, hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center. The exhibits brought out the kid in everyone by encouraging them to build, design, learn, and race.

"As a mother of four small children, a caregiver to my husband who is a combat Army veteran, and being an Army veteran myself, I find peace and joy is spending time with our children," said Caleb Texidor. "I find education very important, above all. The event stood out to me because it gave our children the chance to learn, be active, and exercise their minds." 

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LAS VEGAS, May 7, 2018 -- Injured veterans experienced a sample of the intense workout athletes go through on the hit television show "American Ninja Warrior," during a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event.

Professional coaches gave warriors empowering training tips and advice as they tackled challenging obstacles.

"I'm always seeking ways and opportunities to maintain and improve my physical fitness," said Air Force veteran Paul Schulz. "This was a great experience to improve on teamwork skills and build on relationships with other veterans. Also, I'm a big fan of 'American Ninja Warrior' and its unique challenges."

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BOULDER CITY, Nev., May 2, 2018 -- After enjoying majestic views of the Mojave Desert from Bootleg Canyon, injured veterans launched themselves down the first of four zip line courses, covering 1.5 miles, during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event. 

Veterans tapped into the healing powers of nature and physical activity while flying high above the desert, taking in views of Lake Mead, Eldorado Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, and the Las Vegas Strip.

"I signed up for this event to share an adventure with fellow veterans in the Las Vegas area," said Army veteran John Heintzelman. "We all love hanging with other veterans, being adventurous, or just relaxing. My favorite part of this awesome event was the camaraderie and the local desert scenery."

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WASHINGTON, May 2, 2018 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® recently returned to Washington, DC for its annual events at the White House and Annapolis. This multi-day adaptive cycling event gave more than 70 wounded warriors and their caregivers a chance to connect, while challenging themselves physically and mentally.

Last year, Army veteran Deven Schei had the special privilege of introducing the president to other attending warriors during the White House ceremony. This year, he was there as a rider, along with his brother and fellow Army veteran, Erik. They rode together through Annapolis, but not on separate bikes – they shared a specially adapted tandem bicycle that suits their needs.

"We started riding in 2011, and we try to do one 40- to 50-mile ride each year," Deven said. "It's something we can do together, just me and him."

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NEW YORK, May 1, 2018 -- You ready to hit the road for a good cause? Good news – registration is open for the Soldier Ride® Community Rides with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Soldier Ride is a multi-day cycling event that empowers injured veterans to push themselves physically and mentally. The rides aren't just exercise; they're a way to manage the visible and invisible wounds of war. And warriors don't ride alone – they move forward together, as a unit, just like during their military service. 

And you can join them.

During Community Rides, you'll have more than the chance to pedal alongside our nation's wounded warriors; you'll be able to show support and raise critical funds for WWP's life-changing programs and services.

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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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