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Warriors: WWP wants to share your stories of empowerment and success.

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Black history is American history. During Black History Month, Wounded Warrior Project commemorates the valor and tenacity of warriors who have transformed the face of our nation's military with...

Marine and wounded warrior Nancy Beetstra (Schiliro) fought through a challenging post-military transition with the help of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health programs. In this segment...

Semper Fi | On this segment of NPR's Conversations With Allan Wolper, proud Marine and wounded veteran Nancy Beetstra details her own compelling story of triumph and how Wounded Warrior Project®...

Feral hogs were no match for the sharpshooter skills of a group of veterans who connected at a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) hunt. Air Force veteran and wounded warrior Chris Wolff was among...

Few things are more empowering that reaching your ultimate goal. Josh Sommers’ ultimate goal? To walk again one day. He did just that when Wounded Warrior Project® recently teamed up with the...

WASHINGTON D.C. (Jan. 16, 2016) – Ten local warriors recently attended a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) mental health workshop at a mountain lodge and ski park in Pennsylvania. These gatherings...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 16, 2017) – Nichole “Nikki” Gettman served honorably in the Army, doing a tour in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003. However, when she left...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2017) – When Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) launched Warrior Care Network® last year, the goal was to provide treatment and coping skills for today’s generation...

There are a variety of ways for wounded warriors to cope with the invisible wounds of war. Wounded Warrior Project® connected a group of Soldier Ride Key West warriors to explore managing their...

DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Chad Prichard’s journey to a new life was not easy every step of the way, but he never lost the will to fight. He credits Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) for giving him the tools needed to stay the course and empowering him to overcome any barriers he encountered.

Warrior Rebecca Benton: “My hope is that – through WWP – I can pass my experience on to other veterans as a way to bond with comrades outside of the typical military structure and build a...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Darren “Red” Rankin had the look of a kid waking up on Christmas morning when he saw what was stacked in a conference room at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) headquarters in Jacksonville.

Warriors Making Connections: Attending events like this year's 2K Classic helps warriors reduce isolation and recapture military bonds. NEW YORK (Dec. 21, 2016) – Dan Webb and Mike Koziak had...

In her almost 200-day deployment to Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, U.S. Airman Jessica Daubenmire’s base was attacked 149 times – three were rocket attacks, and the rest were from mortars. “I remember one evening in July of 2007, I heard the sirens signaling an incoming attack while I was in my bunk,” Jessica said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that music is therapy,” says veteran and WWP music teacher Danny Pitcher. “They’ve left some of themselves over there. My job is to make them realize that...

For Marine Corps wounded warrior Jesse Bergeron, there is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. Jesse was in his early 20s when he left for his second deployment. Like many veterans...

Wounded warrior Vinny Vanata and wife Jona train their four-month-old golden retriever puppy, Sierra, to be a "battle buddy" for Vinny.

More than 30 wounded warriors attended a two-day, 30-mile Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® in the River City recently. Soldier Ride is more than just a bicycling event – for many...

Recently, Army veteran and wounded warrior Shane Ayres was profiled in Oklahoma Living Magazine. Shane went looking for the adventure of a lifetime in our nation's armed forces. He found it, but...

"Humor is just one way of coping with stress. It's a release."-- Taniki Richard, retired United States Marine and warrior Few tools are more powerful in a warrior's healing and recovery than for...

To John, completing a bicycle ride with 50 other wounded veterans is one of the greatest accomplishments for a man who has already reached many achievements. John Goubeaux retired from the...

CONVERSE, Texas-- Juan Arredondo is a perfect example of how important it is for warriors to support and lead each other in the transition to civilian life. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) helped...

More than 30 wounded warriors attended a two-day, 30-mile Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® in the River City recently. Soldier Ride is more than just a bicycling event – for many...

Wounded veteran Bill Jones talks about how he overcame the challenges of a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder to regain independence through the Wounded Warrior Project®...

Caption: Divemaster James Beack, back, supervises participants in the Veterans Immersion Program at the Georgia Aquarium on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in Atlanta. (Photos courtesy of HYOSUB SHIN...

“I’ve been with Wounded Warrior Project since 2007 when I came back from Iraq, and it’s been an opportunity to get back involved in life." -- wounded warrior Eddie O’Neal Jungle Island...

The fire of inspiration never takes too long to catch hold and spread. This past Veterans Day on Hawaii's Big Island, James Hokoana (Peer Mentor, Soldier Ride participant, and still currently...

“Each and every one of us veterans, we raised our right hand and we swore an oath on that flag to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. We swore to defend and protect it...

WWP Alumni manager Tim Coop spoke to WSIL 3 News (Southern Illinois) about why activities like the Grassy Lake Duck Hunt are so important for helping wounded warriors connect, reduce isolation,...

Charles “Dozer” Reed, 43, of Keithville, Louisiana, is the recipient of a Sarah Wilson Flight Training Scholarship. He loves aviation history, and excelled at aerospace science in high school....

“I just want people to remember the guys that never came home. Those guys are the real heroes.” – Marine and wounded warrior Shane Kruchten For many wounded warriors, the road to recovery is...

When transitioning back to civilian life, veterans often face new battles. By supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, you can help empower injured services members as they transition back to...

In their own words, wounded veterans who participated in WWP's 2016 Jacksonville Soldier Ride shared their thanks with the generous donors whose giving allows WWP to honor and empower injured...

It is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), the two signature...

Anna shared her personal story of challenge and triumph with Wounded Warrior Project®. By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects, News4Jax JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Their service doesn't...

Wounded warriors Dan Nevins and Nancy Beetstra share their impactful stories of post-battle success on The View for Veterans Day.

For U.S. Army veteran Demecia Rogers, the rough years began during her deployment to Iraq in 2003. They might very well have continued, had she not reached out to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)...

The shame and guilt that accompany suicidal thoughts can be overwhelming. “I spent a decade denying it to family, friends, doctors, and brothers and sisters in arms,” said Army veteran Josh...

For many, it was the first time they stepped out of their homes to engage with their communities. Trepidation swelled as injured warriors began to shuffle through a conference room door in St....

“I remember a day when I just stood there and stared at the sunset in the middle of Baghdad, and I was like ‘this is where I’m going to die, and there’s really nothing I can do about it.’”

In addition to displaying extraordinary valor in our nation's armed forces, warriors have passions and talents that many of us don't know about. Marine Sal Gonzalez certainly does and he unveiled...

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