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Veteran Heals By Helping Other Warriors On Their Journeys

Wounded Warrior Project Recognizes 15 Years of Serving Those Who Sacrificed

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Army aviator Claude Boushey knows a thing or two about being there for his fellow service members. After surviving a helicopter crash in Iraq, he returned to serve in combat operations just 18 months later.

Army veteran Claude Boushey found his new mission by connecting with Wounded Warrior Project. Now he gives back to other veterans as a peer mentor.

Claude and another pilot went down in Iraq in June of 2004. The impact was devastating. Doctors initially told Claude's family he might not make it.

"I compressed my spine, pretty much broke my back and leg. At the time, I didn't know my leg was broken. I also crushed my knees into the dashboard as it came off in the helicopter. As we impacted, it rolled on top of me."

Claude survived but was told he would never walk again.

"After 15 months of recovery, I was back in the cockpit and flew again."

But Claude's struggles started before he could get back in the cockpit.

"When I was in the hospital, I didn't have anybody to reach out to. I didn't want that to happen to anyone else."

WWP Peer Support Groups help injured veterans know they are not alone. Through coming together, warriors bond and build their own support structures. Warriors also benefit as they grow in the program and become empowered to mentor other wounded veterans.

"Wounded Warrior Project was so gracious to give me Peer Support Group training, so that's been my mission to empower those warriors who need it the most."

Peer Support Groups meet on a regular basis through engaging events, whether bowling, dinners, or even a group bicycle ride. WWP is growing its Peer Support Groups to meet the needs of warriors. These groups meet across the country, including in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Peer Support Groups meet in more than 50 cities across more than 32 states and U.S. territories.

Claude has reached new heights by serving other veterans.

"It helps me with my recovery. It helps me deal with the emotional and mental issues I go through while recovering. When you help others, you help yourself."

Read Claude's story at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/veteran-heals-helping-other-warriors-journeys-wounded-warrior-project/?published=t.

About Wounded Warrior Project

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more: http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.

Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing 15 years of impactful programs and services. Independence Program helps seriously injured warriors live more meaningful lives. Learn more at woundedwarriorproject.org. (PRNewsfoto/Wounded Warrior Project)

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project

For further information: Rob Louis - Public Relations, rlouis@woundedwarriorproject.org, 904.627.0432

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