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Inspiring Stories of Warrior Success

At first, many warriors are hesitant to share their stories. But, when they see that others can relate to their struggles—and find hope in their successes—it often becomes their mission to motivate fellow warriors. They gave their all on the battlefield, and their giving spirit still thrives today.

Wounded warrior Melissa McMahon standing outdoors holding her dog.

Encouraging Others: Melissa McMahon

In Afghanistan, Melissa cared for the injured while her hospital was fired upon by enemy rockets, leaving her with physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Wounded warrior Ray Andalio and his wife Deedra sitting on a motorcycle.

The Better Ride: Ray Andalio

Born in the Philippines, Ray loved the country that sheltered his family. While in the Navy, he was sent to Iraq, where his training was put to the ultimate test.

Wounded warrior Chris Gordon smiling.

Adapting Through Sports: Chris Gordon

On September 11, 2001, Chris was stationed in Hohenfels, Germany. Having grown up in New York, the events of that day hit close to home.

Wounded warrior Beth King sitting in a wheelchair, smiling in a track field.

Empowering Female Vets: Beth King

In 2011, while Beth was deployed to Afghanistan, the helicopter she was riding in took a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade.

Wounded warrior Aaron Cornelius wearing a WWP blue Polo and smiling.

Seeing Without Sight: Aaron Cornelius

Aaron saw a lot of combat while leading soldiers through three deployments in Iraq. But it wasn’t until his last that, as Aaron says, “all hell broke loose.”

Wounded warrior Tim Aponte standing outside.

Hooked on Healing: Tim Aponte

For 10 years, Tim loved serving in the Army. Days before he was due to return home, an explosion left him with a traumatic brain injury and a broken back.

Wounded warrior Taniki Richard standing outside and smiling.

A New Way to Serve: Taniki Richard

While on a helicopter to deliver equipment in Iraq, Taniki's team came under fire. Everyone returned safely, but her life soon spiraled out of control.

“Without Wounded Warrior Project, I'd be on the sidelines. I wouldn't be living life. I wouldn't have any of the joy I have today.”


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Why Our Mission Matters

The journey does not end for wounded warriors the day their uniforms come off for the last time. As their needs grow and evolve, they require an ever-changing level of support. Together, we can make a successful future not just a possibility for them, but a reality.

In Fiscal Year 2023:

Participants at the 2019 Carry Forward 5K in San Antonio, Texas, cheer while the event ribbon is cut with a large pair of scissors.

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Whether you're a post-9/11 veteran or family member, or you’re looking to spend time or money helping those who’ve served us, Wounded Warrior Project® offers a wide range of opportunities to get involved.

Together, we can make positive, lasting changes in the lives of warriors and their families.

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