For more than a decade, the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Annual Warrior Survey has given injured post–9/11 veterans a voice — a platform to be heard by individuals and organizations who have the power to initiate change. In 2020, 28,282 warriors participated, providing an extensive 360° view of the warriors WWP serves. This critical data allows us to track and treat warriors’ most pressing needs in areas like mental, physical, and financial wellness. It guides WWP’s programmatic, research, and advocacy efforts, as well as the efforts of those who share and support our mission of honoring and empowering warriors.
The video below highlights some of the key findings of the 2020 Annual Warrior Survey, providing a glimpse of the robust data found in the full report.
Women Warriors Initiative
The Annual Warrior Survey has found that women warriors experience certain challenges, such as military sexual trauma (MST), anxiety, and depression at higher rates than male warriors. WWP developed the Women Warriors Initiative to better understand these issues – conducting further research, including a survey of nearly 5,000 women warriors and more than a dozen roundtable discussions. The WWP Research and Government Affairs teams have prepared a report and executive summary detailing the findings and recommending practical, policy-centered solutions.
Invisible Wounds and COVID-19: Heightened Risk for Wounded Warriors
Further analysis of 2020 AWS data reveals the connection between invisible wounds and COVID-related challenges. Read more about the risk factors, how WWP is addressing them, and how other organizations and communities can support and protect warriors during this time.
Research reported in this white paper was generously funded by CSX.
Women Warriors: Understanding PTSD Risk in a Rapidly Growing Population
To better understand the prevalence of PTSD among women warriors, and the experiences that contribute to it, WWP conducted a more in-depth analysis of 2020 Annual Warrior Survey data. This analysis highlights three major PTSD risk factors prevalent among women warriors: combat exposure, co-occurring mental health conditions, and military sexual trauma.