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Giving Tuesday Helps Citizens Lend a Hand to Others — Including Injured Warriors

Jason Ehrhart and his service dog at home.

Giving Tuesday is an altruistic holiday that has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2012. The observance happens five days after Thanksgiving and encourages people to take a breather from buying and choose giving instead.

At Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), every dollar helps support lifesaving programs and services for post-9/11 veterans, their family members, and caregivers.  

Warriors like Jason, Lisa, and Bill never pay a penny for WWP programs — because they paid their dues on the battlefield. WWP’s services in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care positively impact lives.

“The farther you move away from the end of the war, the more people forget about it,” Jason’s mom and caregiver, Pam Estes, observed.

“Wounded Warrior Project will be here for us a year from now, five years from now, 20 years from now. They are not going away. That’s why the public needs to continue to support. The effects of war don’t stop a year from now or five years from now. We will be living with the effects of war for the rest of our lives.”

Pam and her husband Mike care for their son Jason Ehrhart. Jason is an Army veteran whose vehicle was blown up by an anti-tank mine in Iraq. Jason required constant care when he returned home. The Estes family began their own recoveries with help from WWP’s Independence Program, which provided rehab, respite, and helped Jason turn the corner to a more normal life.

Army veteran Lisa Crutch expressed the gratitude many warriors feel when they realize people want to help.

“Things that you can’t purchase with money — your self-esteem, getting your life back — Wounded Warrior Project gives us. They put your money toward programs that really help us regain our lives and get back to where we used to be. It took me many years to realize that I’m not going to be the Lisa I was before I left, but I believe I am a better Lisa today. Wounded Warrior Project has made me feel that I fit in again.”

WWP is committed to helping injured veterans achieve their highest ambition. When they’re ready to start their next mission, WWP stands ready to serve.

Marine and Army National Guard veteran Bill Hansen found purpose in getting healthy and helping others do the same. He recently competed successfully in United States Strongman and helps others train and improve their physical fitness.

“Wounded Warrior Project does what they say they're going to do, and they're always looking for new areas to help warriors. The money people give in support is going to develop and sustain the programs that give warriors their lives back.”

How can your donation make a difference in the lives of warriors?

$19 …can provide a safe voice on the other end of the phone for a warrior in need.

$25 …can provide a session with a career counselor for one warrior.

$50 …can provide one warrior with access to mental health services.

$75 …can provide business attire for one warrior’s job interview.

$100 …can provide an equine therapy session for a warrior suffering from invisible wounds of war.

Discover additional ways to give back.

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.