HAGERSTOWN, Md., Jan. 30, 2017 -- Veterans recently connected at a recurring Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) dinner and trivia event. Participants teamed up, engaged in a good-natured battle, and experienced the benefits of getting out into the community and connecting with fellow service members.
"Everyone loves this event because it's laid-back without any awkward pressure," said Army veteran Laura Wilkinson. "I'm a secluded person, but this gets me out of the house. It's nice to be able to reach out for a hand to hold, especially when it's the hand of a fellow warrior."
Warriors chatted over dinner and discussed programs offered by WWP and partner organizations. After the meal, the group split into teams and ramped up the competition for the trivia match.
CHICAGO, Jan. 27, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently joined forces with Stack-Up, a charity organization that brings veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming, to host a game night for injured veterans. While video gaming often carries the stereotype of being anti-social, for many attendees it represented something completely different.
"A lot of people, including myself, love to play games in our free time," explained Marine Corps veteran Steven Philpott. "I've got many buddies who did that on their deployments, and that's how they stay in touch. I play with a lot of friends on Battlefield and Tom Clancy games, and we do it for the same reason. Think of it as a nine-hour interactive phone call with your closest friends."
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2017 -- Injured veterans explored the tranquil side of physical health and wellness during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program event in Washington D.C. As participants learned the fundamentals of yoga, they experienced the benefits of attending social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow veterans who are also looking to improve their overall health and increase their mobility.
Bluebird Sky Yoga owner and instructor Jennie Light accommodated participants of all ability levels and skill sets as she led the group through different physical postures and introduced them to the eight limbs of yoga. The first four limbs help refine personalities, gain mastery over the body, and develop an energetic awareness of ourselves. The last four limbs deal with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.
SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 27, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will hold a national training seminar on mentoring for injured veterans Jan. 27-29 at the local San Antonio office. The innovative, three-day training workshop takes peer-to-peer warrior mentors through an intense curriculum that includes suicide awareness, mental health overview, and peer support ethics. After completing the workshop, the injured veterans return to their hometowns with the skill sets to facilitate a support group for local wounded warriors.
Peer support plays an important role in the recovery process as injured veterans rely upon one another's learned experiences when managing day-to-day challenges. This special type of therapy reintroduces injured veterans to the unique bonds experienced during military service. Rarely duplicated in the civilian world, these relationships act as a secure bedrock that paves the road to recovery.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2017 -- A memory, not soon forgotten for Army veteran Tiffany Grant. She joined fellow wounded warriors to march in the inaugural parade Friday.
"I wanted to take part in the parade because it was an opportunity of a lifetime," Tiffany said.
Tiffany and other veterans wore blue Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) jackets and black hats to represent the Jacksonville, Florida-based nonprofit during the march down Pennsylvania Avenue.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2017 -- Ten local warriors recently attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop at a mountain lodge and ski park in Pennsylvania. These gatherings are often the first time warriors leave their homes to connect with others in their communities.
"I was having a hard time managing life on my terms – frustration, anger, and carrying so many resentments," said Mike Brown, 30-year retired U.S. Army colonel from Port Deposit, Maryland. "I wanted to learn from this opportunity that I am not alone and walk away with coping skills to help me deal with anger and anxiety in a healthy way."
ACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2017 -- With the onset of a new year comes a renewed desire to get healthy and stay active. To help injured veterans in the Jacksonville area with their resolutions, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently hosted a physical health and wellness expo focusing on nutrition and physical fitness training.
Participants at the event enjoyed yoga, weight training, seminars on healthy eating, and TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) training. The resistance training was a highlight for Navy veteran Geraldine Manalo Forbis.
CHICAGO, Jan. 20, 2017 -- A group of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently experienced the thrill of skydiving indoors. At iFly Indoor Skydiving, warriors tackled an exciting new activity while experiencing the benefits of connecting with fellow service members and their local community.
As the evening began, participants enjoyed pizza while instructors performed stunts for the audience's entertainment. Then warriors and guests suited up and took their turns to fly.
MASON, Mich., Jan. 20, 2017 -- A group of injured veterans learned all about scuba diving during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) workshop. The gathering allowed warriors to see what is possible when they connect with fellow warriors and their local community.
Participants worked with the Michigan chapter of the Dive Pirates Foundation, a nonprofit organization that trains and equips individuals for adaptive scuba diving.
"The moment I found out about a scuba event, I knew I wanted to try my best to attend," said Army veteran Joshua Griscavage. "It can be hard for me; I am always hesitant to go to events because I get anxiety. But once I get there and settle down, I feel at home around my fellow warriors."
BALTIMORE, Jan. 19, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering in the Johnson Square community. During the outing, warriors experienced what is possible at social events that connect them with fellow service members.
WWP participants joined The 6th Branch – a Baltimore-based volunteer organization – for its sixth annual MLK Jr. Day of Service. Other groups involved included Team Rubicon, AmeriCorps NCCC, and The Mission Continues, totaling more than 300 volunteers. To support development in the community, teams cleared abandoned lots, picked up trash, removed brush, and did light construction.