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With 2021 in full swing, many veterans are considering new goals, new wishes, and potentially new jobs...

With 2020 in everyone’s rearview mirror, many are ready to shed the pandemic blanket, jump off the couch and into a new year...

Brady Busby spent nine out of his 14 years of military service in combat-related deployments. The Army veteran...

As we move forward from the frenzy of the holidays, we find time to refresh and reset. This includes pausing to consider how...

NORAD tracks Santa. USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has a serious job protecting our skies and seas from enemy invasions. Working with other commands...

Imagine walking a marathon, all 26.2 miles of it. Then add about eight more miles. And do that every day for five days in a row. That’s what retired Army...

In so many ways, this year has been different for Michael Purcell...

Thank you wholeheartedly to Wounded Warrior Project for all the phenomenal programs that contributed to me becoming a stronger mother, warrior, Army retiree, and the person that I am today...

We had enough sour moments in 2020, so it’s only natural to seek sweeter and cuddlier pursuits at year’s end...

Joy is not the same as happiness, according to a Yale University researcher. Joy is a purposeful choice to see beyond the circumstances, and it can be felt...

Air Force veteran Tom Marcum candidly admits that without help and support from Wounded Warrior Project...

2020 has felt like being in a time warp. The days have slowly inched along like melted wax dripping down a candle. But the year also gives us a sense of a candle extinguished too soon; how is it...

Asking for help does not always come naturally to warriors, but like your battle buddies in the military, the Resource Center at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has your six. WWP’s Resource...

Smells of turkey, stuffing, squash casserole, and pecan pie wafted through the air as joyful music notes bounced off the walls. It was time to eat dinner — in front of a computer screen with...

Because of the spread of COVID-19, we have all experienced what it feels like to be separated from those we love. But deployed service members are living those emotions...

After participating in several transition-focused events, Kenneth Weinstock thought he knew everything about separating from the Army. That was...

America’s streets, parks, and stores are less frequented these days. The ghost of life pre-pandemic hangs empty in the air...

Wounded warrior John Goubeaux sewing masks at home.

2020 is a year students will read about in history books generations from now. From the COVID-19 pandemic...

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...

Jeremiah Pauley while in Iraq.

Veterans Day isn’t just about the veterans themselves. Although the focus is on veterans, there are people behind the scenes making sacrifices, too. Families of veterans have learned to live...

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2020) — Andrew Long has a lot of work ahead of him. He recently purchased a 23-acre farm in North Carolina with structures dating back to the late 1800s. Not only...

For many people, 17 is just a number. But for those in the military community, it’s representative of something much more palpable and problematic — the number of veterans who die by suicide...

In October, more than 200 injured veterans came together in a virtual webinar hosted by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to learn about livestreaming. The event was the largest single-day...

By Roberto Cruz, U.S. Army (Ret.) I live and raise my daughters in a safe Florida neighborhood. I can walk down the street and enjoy the sunshine. But there was a time when I didn’t think I...

Army veteran Steven Swiger developed a mantra he likes to live by that concludes every email he sends: “If you wake on the breathing side of the bed, you have already won.” After a challenging...

Veterans Day is all about military veterans. But why do we honor veterans on November 11? When did Veterans Day start?...

Sleep problems are the most commonly reported health problem, with 84% of WWP warriors experiencing them.

When we changed the clocks to “fall back” one hour, did most of us get an extra hour of sleep? Unfortunately, for many us, and particularly for most veterans...

For many, it’s easy to remember balancing atop a bicycle for the first time as a child. The sense of accomplishment and...

During this pandemic, it can become easy to fall into sedentary behavior. It’s more important than ever to maintain...

Gabe George was involved in a nearly fatal motorcycle accident in 2009. The accident altered everything he planned for in life...

Maintaining a healthy weight can be challenging for many wounded warriors.

Navy veteran Rachelle Dygowski was fighting a losing battle with stress and weight gain. She developed thyroid problems and was at risk...

Evelia Ruiz had to learn quickly about traumatic brain injury to help her son...

Navy veteran Don Monroe’s children used to wonder which version of dad...

Amid thoughts of killing himself multiple times a day, Sergio Alfaro did what he could just to stay alive. He could barely...

Army veteran Jason Foster was used to existing in a space surrounded by self-constructed walls. A roadside bomb...

Army veteran Steven Swiger wasn’t injured at war and always felt like Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) resources...

When military service ends, veterans face a major transition to civilian life. It’s a time to find a new...

Talking about suicide can be scary, but you don’t have to be an expert to do it...

You can be called plenty of things in the Navy. But according to Barry Floyd, nothing beats earning the title of “Doc.”

Becky Ross is a longtime supporter of veterans through her volunteer work...

Warrior Sharona Young stays active and grateful through adaptive sports, including handcycling.

The benefits of showing gratitude are deeper than we may realize. Although it’s a simple action often found among self-care...

There are never any “right things to say” when it comes to talking about suicide. The important thing is that we talk about it...

Dan Nevins, WWP warrior and yoga teacher

Exposure to traumatic combat and operational experiences affects veterans spiritually, psychologically, biologically...

A mother’s love for her children is never-ending. It endures all the joys along with the trials. From the days of nurturing a child beginning at birth and into adulthood, to enduring the growing...

There was a time when I didn’t think I could be saved. I had recently separated from the Marines and struggled with my transition to the...

Miki Padgett always wanted to lead a life in service to others. He grew up in Costa Rica, where his parents served as missionaries and he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He tried college, but...

It’s a little more than 200 miles from Ridgecrest, California to San Diego. But that distance didn’t matter for Rebekah Howard; she drove nearly four hours Friday night, participated in the...

Wounded warriors with a passion for motorcycle riding recently enjoyed a virtual tour of the Harley-Davidson® Museum and a conversation with the great-grandchildren of the company’s co-founder....

In these highly unpredictable times, there are few things we can control about going back to school. To keep students and staff safe during the pandemic, local school districts across the U.S. are...

Video games are more than a way to pass the time for Army veteran Dave Weiner. In a way, they saved his life. As the pandemic became widespread, Dave’s PTSD and anxiety flared. He felt alone....

When Gretchen Evans and Keith Knoop heard about a high-endurance, eco-challenge race that would be streamed online, the two injured veterans quickly partnered with two civilians who also cope with life-impacting injuries...

Wounded warrior Michael Matthews (Army), with Purple Heart award.

Purple Heart Day (Aug. 7) commemorates the brave men and women who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action during their military service. To honor these veterans, many people...

Wounded warriors David Camacho and Frankie Perez in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Frankie Perez is outgoing and passionate about his work. David Camacho is easygoing and identifies with a slightly older generation. But there’s an important thing that...

Established in 2017 by Hire Our Heroes, National Hire a Veteran Day on July 25 encourages companies to consider veterans for their open positions. In honor of the observance, Wounded Warrior Project®

Marine veteran Dave Denhardt got involved in WWP’s Independence Program, which helped him get out of the house and find things he can do that he thought he’d never do again.

After serving in the Marine Corps and Army, Dave Denhardt faced traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD, herniated discs...

The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® became a virtual event, allowing anyone to host their own version.

What do Bingo games, ’90s music, and puzzles have in common? Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) supporters are...

PTSD is a mental health condition that can happen to anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. Those dealing with PTSD have triggers, which can be linked to situational or emotional...

Matthew Barnes traces his problems back to his Iraqi deployment during the 2003 ground invasion. Less than six months after joining the Marines, Matthew — a brand new lance corporal attached to...

When we think about independence, we tend to think about the freedoms we enjoy thanks to the veterans who fought for us to have those rights. But what about when you’re fighting for freedom from...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 22, 2020) — In 2018, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) treated more than 1.7 million veterans for mental health issues, including combat stress, depression,...

Veterans and WWP supporters from around the country paid tribute to the fallen on Memorial Day...

warrior Tim McDonough

Air Force veteran Tim McDonough remembers exactly how many HRs — human remains — he brought back from Iraq while on active duty: 214. He felt honored to bring fallen soldiers home. But...

warrior Harvey Paige

H.O.G.® member Harvey Paige was deployed six times to Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)...

After 30 years in the Army, Tonya Oxendine retired with the highest enlisted rank as command sergeant major. It was only after she...

Memorial Day parades and large gatherings will not be happening this year due to COVID-19, but there are still ways to honor the fallen and pay tribute...

After over 20 years in the Marines and deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, John Alicea knows how it feels to be supported on the front lines of a crisis. So when he received his stimulus check...

Jennifer - a veteran caregiver and her son

Jennifer Smith Mackinday’s life changed the day her brother James was wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving as an Army infantryman in Mosul, Iraq. During the 15 years since...

Rhys Dukes is only 6 years old, but he knows to look for the helpers — and he knows to appreciate and support them. That’s why when the Michigan boy told his mom he wanted to do something to...

Traci Uribe traveled 590 miles away from her family in San Antonio to participate in an endurance event, but she felt close to her husband, Army veteran Javier Uribe. “I wanted to feel what it...

With schools and businesses closed because of the coronavirus, we find ourselves sharing more time with family, including school-aged children, than we ever thought possible. Are you letting this...

Honoring a fallen brother is ingrained into Jeremiah Pauley’s consciousness...

Practicing social distancing from other people is not difficult for Army veteran Joey Pierstorff these days. He lives in a quiet town along Route 66, just more than an hour from the edge of the...

For Bill “Big Sarge” Hansen, being strong is about more than physical prowess. For him, strength rests on his ability to be a tender and caring dad to his four daughters. Bill, 52, competes...

As the wife of a wounded veteran and mother of five young children, Nicole Woods has faced challenges in recent years when pursuing her career development. While her husband Torino served in the...

Distance was no obstacle for veteran Khadijah Nazmeen while seeking the opportunity to start a new chapter in her career. The four-and-a-half-hour drive from McDonough, Georgia to Jacksonville,...

As far as exercise, walking doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Athletic types favor running and other more strenuous routines, but a brisk walk can be just as valuable. So, relax and tell...

veteran adaptive sports programs

When 9/11 happened, Elmer Dinglasan felt called to enlist, even though he already had a career as a medical technologist. With his 35th birthday a month away, he was almost too old to make the...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Army veteran and wounded warrior Jeremy Daniels is a lifetime Seattle Seahawks fan and an avid video game player. He’s living with multiple sclerosis and can’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2020) – Some kids in the Kidder County School District in central North Dakota travel up to 50 miles each way to school; the district is larger than Rhode Island....

Today, we remain ready to meet the needs of any wounded, ill, or injured service member returning from the Middle East, or any of the 170 countries where the United States has troops deployed.

Air Force veteran Pedro Rosario didn’t have an easy way to connect with other veterans until Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) helped him find peers.

There were times when Army veteran Melvin Dizon didn’t look forward to anything. He felt like an “emotional wreck,” he said, and had trouble dealing with anger, depression, and suicidal...

Matt Prather and Mike Price are two inspired civilians who accomplished a daunting goal to help our nation’s veterans.

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations.

Organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and DirectEmployers Association, the event resulted in 150 online chats between warriors, family members, and company representatives. Several brands attended, including DuPont™, Humana, Camping World, and HSBC North America.

A rare cancer changed Kelly Elmlinger’s role from nurse to patient at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). Kelly joined the Army her sophomore year in college, turning down athletic scholarships because of her strong desire to serve. She was deployed three times as a medic...

Joe Webb is transforming his Army Ranger and combat experience into new energy to rally his community together to benefit veterans.

"There isn't a mountain too high that is going to stop me. Nothing can stop me." That’s what William Mathis said while climbing a 1,000-foot face in Lake Tahoe at a recent Wounded Warrior Project®

Army veteran Mitch Green and a small group of veterans organized the “The Green Wave Vets,” a fundraising team for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) virtual Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®.

Did you serve in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, or Southwest Asia? Depending on the dates of service...

While we could list thousands of reasons to hire a veteran, some stand out more than others for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) career counselors. In honor of National Hire a Veteran Day July 25, our Warriors to Work® team compiled the top reasons to hire a wounded warrior.

Marine Corps veteran Brian Fleming, Jr., works full time and is a busy father, but he makes time for the company of other warriors. “The best thing about participating in Wounded Warrior Project...

Cella Logan is a woman on a mission. When she’s not helping military spouses find employment, she’s raising her young sons and reflecting on the service of her late husband. Daniel Logan...

Bradley Thomas appreciates every moment he gets to spend with his older brother Brian. A few months ago, Bradley wondered if he would ever see Brian again.

Veteran Eric Haynes’ life was spiraling downward when he went online to register with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). It had been approximately 10 years since his service in Iraq with the...

Sidney Brady and his wife, Elizabeth, are no strangers to the stresses of marriage and raising a family. Adding another level of complexity, Sidney copes with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

In 2018 WWP worked alongside our nation’s leaders in the executive and legislative branches to improve physical and mental health care and economic opportunities for veterans.

Since its inception, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has evolved to meet the needs of wounded veterans around the nation. Following a very busy 2018, WWP shifts its focus to 2019 ready to meet the needs of today’s generation of wounded veterans.

Growing up, Leslie Calderon and her three older brothers dreamt about joining the military, but she was the only one who enlisted. Her journey took her from...

WWP announced a continuation of its strategic partnership with Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), to support their efforts to help caregivers of wounded veterans.

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