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Donna Pratt

Donna Pratt

Donna Pratt didn’t want to be an individual. That’s how she felt though hobbling around on crutches in Fort Stewart, Georgia...

John Rego

John Rego

John Rego compares leaving the Army to a dog let off his leash. With no master to tell him where to be and no plans for life after service...

Frank Sonntag

Frank Sonntag

Frank Sonntag knew the sound of a falling mortar well. Insurgents had shelled the base in Balad, Iraq, for months, and the soldiers stationed there had taken to calling it “Mortaritaville.”

Jessica Coulter

Jessica Coulter

When it got to the point where Jessica Coulter could not buy groceries for herself and two sons, she knew it was time to ask for help.

Joey Hooker

Joey Hooker

Joey Hooker has always been a leader. It was a trait he learned from his father, a Marine who battled on Korea’s “Frozen Chosin,” and...

Keith Sekora

Keith Sekora

Keith Sekora’s friends and family had one question for him when he decided to join the Air Force after 9/11: “Haven’t you done enough?”

Mary McGriff

Mary McGriff

Mary McGriff thought the anxiety and depression would disappear in a couple of weeks. After all, how serious can post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) be...

Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett was haunted for years by the rocket that nearly killed him in Iraq. It chased him down the highway in Indianapolis...

Mark Lalli

Mark Lalli

There is a gleam in his eye every time Mark Lalli thinks of both of his grandfathers. “They served in World War II,” Mark says. “It was my dream…

Steve Bohn

Steve Bohn

Specialist Steve Bohn smiles and says, “I grew up surrounded by witches.” He’s talking specifically of Salem, Massachusetts – calling it “the…

Bobby Woods

Bobby Woods

“Something like 96 percent of all head casualties die in combat. I was familiar with that statistic even before I left, thanks to my mother,” Bobby says with a laugh.

Guy Zierk

Guy Zierk

On the day Staff Sergeant Jordan Emrick saved Guy Zierk’s life, he lost his own. Now Guy is on a mission to assist and help improve the lives of wounded…

Brian Sellers

Brian Sellers

Brian Sellers was all set to become a police officer. After years of rehab for his wartime injuries, and after even more years of study to earn a bachelor’s…

Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

Chances are good you’ve never met anyone quite like Luke Murphy. And he’s proud of the things that set him apart. “I always wanted one,” Luke says…

Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon

Sometimes, the movies can make a real difference in our lives. They certainly did for former Army Staff Sergeant Chris Gordon. It was the movie…

Jeffrey Adams

Jeffrey Adams

Jeffrey Adams was only four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU).

Andrew Harriman

Andrew Harriman

When Andrew Harriman first became involved with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), he says he was intrigued by the concept of “the wounded helping the…

Mike Delancey

Mike Delancey

One last holiday with his family … that’s all Mike Delancey wanted toward the end of 2003. “My mother and father separated when I was young.

Carlos De León

Carlos De León

“I wanted to find a purpose in life,” says Carlos De León about his reason for joining the Army. “And I felt being a soldier was one of the greatest…

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

The town of Hermiston, Oregon, says Luke Wilson, is a small farm and ranch community. It’s where he went to high school and joined the Army National…

Brett Miller

Brett Miller

At a very young age, Brett Miller knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. “I was in junior high school, and it was St. Patrick’s Day,” recalls Brett.

Chad Brumpton

Chad Brumpton

Life as he knew it ended for Chad Brumpton on Mother’s Day 2005, along the banks of Iraq’s Euphrates River.

Deron Santiny

Deron Santiny

If you’ve ever had a swollen foot…or sprained your elbow…or bruised your knee. Imagine if those injuries were to your brain.

Brent Whitten

Brent Whitten

Brent Whitten’s wife soon became known as the waitress whose husband calls from Iraq. Brent and Rachel married a week after graduating…

Mike Heller

Mike Heller

Mike Heller’s eyes transfixed on the broken gear shift in his hand. In a fit of rage, he had just snapped it off while slamming his car into park. As his…

Anthony Villarreal

Anthony Villarreal

On June 20, 2008, in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Anthony Villarreal’s life changed in an instant when a roadside bomb blew up the truck he was driving...

Tad Stuart

Tad Stuart

Tad Stuart was not always certain about his future. There was a question of whether Tad would be able to fly again after a catastrophic helicopter crash...

Claude Boushey

Claude Boushey

The paradox of being a warrior is to personify the military’s power while serving as peacemaker.

Paul De La Cerda

Paul De La Cerda

Paul De La Cerda walked into the Army recruiting station and told the recruiter, “I want airborne, infantry.” The recruiter questioned Paul’s…

William (Bill) Thomas

William (Bill) Thomas

I'm inspired by other veterans who encourage me and teach me things about PTSD - like keeping my emotions, anxiety, and anger in check…

Adam Harris

Adam Harris

Adam Harris experienced some of the worst fighting of the war in Iraq over three consecutive tours as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps.

Harold "Butch" Freeman

Harold "Butch" Freeman

Born into a military family based in upstate New York, Harold "Butch" Freeman has considered the Army his second his second home ever since…

Chris Wolff

Chris Wolff

Chris Wolff was a flight mechanic in the United States Air Force, when a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) bounced off the wing and shattered all the windows...

Dozer Reed

Dozer Reed

Life has taught Dozer Reed an important truth about the fabled glass of water: “The glass isn’t half empty or half full. You’ve got to appreciate that you just have water in the glass.”

Dan Smee

Dan Smee

Dan Smee might look like your average guy next door, but upon a closer look, there's nothing remotely average about him. A combat medic whose resilience…

David Guzman

David Guzman

Infamous as the menace of the neighborhood as a child, David Guzman hopes to be a famous chef in the future. The Purple Heart he wears…

Eric DeLion

Eric DeLion

Nothing is impossible. Eric DeLion realized this standing at 14,505 feet on the summit of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.

Roberto Cruz

Roberto Cruz

It was June of 2003 when Roberto Cruz proudly followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Army. He was deployed to Tikrit, Iraq in January…

Severa Rodriquez

Severa Rodriquez

The United States Marine Corps was as much the source of Severa Rodriquez’s self-confidence as it was the cause of her vulnerability.

Meet Christine, Gordon, & Erik Schei

Meet Christine, Gordon, & Erik Schei

When Christine Schei’s son, Erik, was gravely injured while serving in Iraq, she immediately began caring for him...

Nicky Norwood

Nicky Norwood

What Nicky Norwood craves most are moments of peace with his family. These could be playing catch with his son Reed, talking about the latest adventures...

Lisa Hopkins & Josh Sommers

Lisa Hopkins & Josh Sommers

When she got the call in 2010 that her son, Josh Sommers, was nearly killed by a grenade in Afghanistan, Lisa Hopkins knew her top priority was now her son.

Chris Horman

Chris Horman

Chris Horman’s post-military life was similar to that of many other service members returning home from overseas: he isolated himself from friends and family and shut out the outside world.

James Rivera

James Rivera

James Rivera dragged his couch to an isolated field near Yulee, Florida, struck a match, and set it on fire.

Jim Mylott

Jim Mylott

A few years ago, United States Army Veteran Jim Mylott took a long, hard look at himself and saw a big hole where his life used to be.

Manny Colon

Manny Colon

As Manny Colón saw his dream of a lifelong military career in the United States Army come to an unexpected halt, he slowly became entangled in a nightmare of bitterness and depression.

Michael Pence

Michael Pence

When Michael Pence joined the United States Marines right after his high school graduation, he imagined a life serving his country, promoting the cause of freedom, and backing up his brothers in arms.

Tim McDonough

Tim McDonough

For WWP Alumnus, Tim McDonough, the message is clear: “You don’t have to be on the front line, kicking in doors and shooting at the enemy to be affected by the trauma of war.

Bill Geiger

Bill Geiger

When Bill Geiger returned to civilian life after two deployments with the United States Army, he was a changed man.