FRISCO, Texas (Feb. 10, 2017) – Injured veterans revisited their childhoods during a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connection event at the National Videogame Museum. As they toured displays and tested their skills at the arcade, warriors and guests experienced what is possible at social events that get them out of the house and connected with fellow military families.
Museum displays showcased the history of gaming from the 1970s through today. Music by Run DMC, Pat Benatar, and other artists added to the authenticity of each era’s displays as warriors enjoyed sharing their pasts with their children.
“Every veteran I met that day had a smile from ear to ear,” said Marine Corps veteran Daniel Razo. “Outings like this connect warriors who shared the same hobbies as kids. The experience brought back a lot of good memories for many of us.”
“My husband and our boys love video games, so this was an amazing opportunity for us,” said Erin Shock, whose husband, Jeremiah, is a Marine Corps veteran. “Getting Jeremiah out of the house and socializing with people who understand him has helped us connect more as a family. His post-traumatic stress disorder has decreased. It gives me hope for all of us.”
Connection activities support the recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them to the bonds experienced during military service. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues.
“Wounded Warrior Project events give me the opportunity to form strong relationships with other veterans,” Daniel said. “We can share things from our past, what’s going on currently, and plan for the future. This weekend, we are going to help a wounded warrior and his spouse move into their new home.”
WWP staff advised attendees of additional services to assist in their recoveries. WWP programs help injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to benefit from program resources at no cost to them.
“Wounded Warrior Project gives me a sense of brotherhood with my fellow veterans,” Daniel said. “I’ve added contacts to my cellphone through events like this. And we all have pledged to keep in contact, even if it’s just a ‘how have you been doing, buddy?’ text.”
To learn and see more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/, and click on multimedia.
Contact: Rob Louis – Public Relations
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