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.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2017 -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans recently joined roughly 200 of their brothers and sisters in arms at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, where they networked with several veterans service organizations at the quarterly Vets 4 Vets event. Such a large gathering of peers let WWP warriors experience what is possible at events that get them out of the house and socially connected with fellow service members.
Warriors listened to guest speakers from Canine Companions for Independence®, United Service Organizations, Dignity Memorial®, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8255, and more. Other organizations such as Mission 22, Reboot Combat Recovery, and Florida Fallen Heroes set up informational tables. The wide selection of beneficial resources made the event particularly attractive to Navy veteran April Imani Smith.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 24, 2017 -- Video game night made a triumphant return to the Pittsburgh Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) office, providing injured veterans with a night of friendly competition, food, and fellowship. Stack-Up, a charity organization that brings veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming, co-hosted the event with WWP. While video gaming often carries the stereotype of being an anti-social activity, it's the opposite for one Marine Corps veteran.
"I love going to Wounded Warrior Project events because they give me a chance to connect with other veterans," said wounded warrior George Powell. "The game nights have been my favorite by far. With the way these gatherings are set up, anyone can jump in and out of the different game sessions. It makes it comfortable and easy to meet everyone."
NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2017 -- A good day at work for Army veteran Danny Benitez is all about brains. Not learning something new, not just making smart decisions – actual, physical, brains. Danny works with researchers at a hospital in New York. For the past 30 years, doctors there have studied brains to find links to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia.
That's where Danny comes in; he responds to referrals and screens the individuals to see if they would be a fit. Then he has the unenviable task of approaching family right after the death of a loved one.