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Independence Program

Empowering warriors to live a more independent life

The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program provides long-term support to catastrophically wounded veterans living with injuries that impact independence, such as a moderate to severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or neurological condition.

The program is designed to support warriors who, without high-touch services, would struggle to live independently day to day due to the severity of their injuries. In addition, these services offer increased access to community services; provide rehabilitation through alternative therapies; and empower warriors to achieve goals, leading to a more independent life. Because every journey is different, we work as a team with warriors, their family members, and their caregivers to set goals to live a fulfilling life, at home, with their loved ones.

All warriors receive:

  • Comprehensive service assessment
  • Individualized goal-setting
  • Case management services

Based on individual needs, warriors may receive some or all of the following:

  • Community support services
  • Home health care services
  • Physical health and wellness opportunities
  • Alternative therapies (i.e., art, music, or equine therapy)
  • Stress management and resiliency training
  • Advocacy
  • Caregiver and family member support
  • Long-term care planning

Take the First Step. Contact the Resource Center

What does the Independence Program provide?

Do I have to have a caregiver to be eligible?

If you are interested in learning more about the Independence Program:

888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586) or 904.405.1213
Monday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm EST

If you are in crisis or concerned about a loved one, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255 and press "1" after you call or text 838255 to Veterans Crisis Line to chat live with a crisis counselor at any time.

Navigating TBI, PTSD, and other invisible wounds can be challenging.

Learn about your options and resources available to you.

Not sure you are ready for the Independence Program?

WWP provides warriors and their families lifesaving programs that can help you manage your invisible wounds through interactive programs, rehabilitative workshops, and supportive services to empower you to thrive in your next mission.

Are you getting all the benefits you’ve earned? The WWP Benefits Services team can help make sure you’re getting all the benefits you’re eligible for.

Frequently Asked Questions

All warriors receive: 

  • Comprehensive service assessment 
  • Individualized goal-setting

Based on individual needs, warriors may receive some or all of the following: 

  • Advocacy
  • Long-term planning
  • Caregiver and family support
  • Stress management and resiliency training
  • Fitness and nutrition education
  • Family support and education
  • Alternative therapies (e.g., art, music, or equine therapies)

A WWP Alumni with a diagnosis of moderate to severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or neurological condition.

No. As long as you are a registered Alumni with WWP, your Independence Program qualifying diagnosis does not have to be service related.

No. Some of our IP Warriors do not have caregivers and/or are able to live in their homes independently with the right supportive services.

No, the Independence Program does not assign or provide caregivers. However, the program can provide services to foster independence.

Because every journey is different, there is no specific timeframe for participation. The Independence Program is designed to meet the warrior and caregiver’s specific needs in their home and community through active participation with our team in achieving individualized goals.

The warrior can contact our Resource Center to inquire about Independence Program eligibility. If you are your warrior's primary advocate you may reach out on their behalf.

If you are not currently registered with WWP please visit our registration page for details about who is eligible to register with WWP and how to get started. WWP supports veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

The Independence Program is one of a variety of veteran programs and services to help you take the steps that are right for you, including programs for physical and mental wellness, career transition, and support in obtaining benefits for disabled veterans from Veterans Affairs (VA).


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