Your next mission, if you decide to accept it, is
project “Go, Go, Grow”
By: John Roberts, WWP National Service Director
Anyone who’s served in the military knows how rough a road that can be. Along with the honor and pride, there are potholes and plenty of danger along the way. Making plans to transition back to civilian life can be tricky as well, and if you don’t already have a next mission after active duty, we can help you.
For those that are out of the service, getting back into the rhythm of civilian life can be a challenge. Physical or mental injuries can make that challenge so much harder. We recognize that every journey to recovery is unique.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) helps veterans who served on or after 9/11 transition back to civilian life. We make sure you know you are not alone.
We believe that every veteran should have the chance to live life on their terms. We can support you, your caregiver, and your family every step along the way by helping you set and achieve your goals, big or small.
Where to begin
Everyone’s transition starts from a different place.
By registering as a wounded warrior or family member with us, you’ll find help through our free programs, services, and events that connect you with other veterans, your family, and your community. All of our programs are free of charge for registered warriors.
Once you’re a warrior with WWP, you’ll be offered a slew of opportunities to attend events close to where you live. Our programs and services are available across the nation and on a virtual basis, providing a supportive community from the comfort of home.
Going to activities with other veterans, families, and caregivers is a great way to break the ice and spend quality time with people who’ve been through similar good times and tough times on the road to recovery. It’s a way to start living life again! We can help you get out of the house, reconnect with family and old friends, and do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do. The types of activities WWP offers are as varied as our warriors.
You can never take the warrior spirit out of the warrior
Depending on how adventurous you want to get, our outdoor events include a range of activities: walking, running, biking, swimming, exercising, and all sorts of sports, like golf, skiing, paintball, zip lines, paddleboarding, indoor rock climbing — you get the drift. The events are designed to accommodate you, based on all sorts of physical needs and comfort levels.
Army veteran Heather Elliott recently challenged herself at a WWP stand-up paddleboarding class. She has a traumatic brain injury, vertigo, various back and knee injuries, on top of post-traumatic stress. But she conquered balancing on a moving board on the ocean. When she returned to shore, her fellow warriors commented on how proud they were of her and how she glowed with enjoyment and confidence.
Drop and give me 10… make that 15
Having trouble sticking to an exercise routine? Need motivation? Who doesn’t? WWP can help you find the right kind of physical fitness program that fits your needs. Your peers will be there to support you and help you push yourself more each time they see you, no matter what class or physical activity you’ve signed up for.
Or, get all zen about it
Maybe you aren’t a gym person. No judgement here! You can start off with something as simple as a yoga class or a brisk hike. National Guard veteran Denise McCarson went to a WWP yoga class in a butterfly-filled rainforest setting. She told us afterward that she was able to unwind as she stretched and basked in the beauty that surrounded her. She said the group setting was relaxed and even the butterflies helped the folks there communicate and connect with each other.
For you and the family
If family time is more your speed, WWP has got you covered there as well. Our family-oriented activities help reinforce bonds with those closest to you. Bowling, arcade games, holiday gatherings — what kid or grown-up-kid in each of us wouldn’t like that?
If you’d like to learn stuff and have fun at the same time, grab the family and head to a WWP gathering at a museum or science center. You’ll see amazing sights, share a laugh or two, and maybe discover a few things about yourself along the way.
Let’s venture outside
Nature is all around us and yet so much goes unexplored. Many of our activities for warriors, family, and caregivers will get you out of the house and into the great outdoors. Don’t forget to pack the sun block and bug spray.
Army and Army Reserve veteran Eliot Winokur recently toured the subtropical paradise of Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Florida with other veterans and his wife. Not only did he meet many fellow warriors and their families, but the WWP event also brought back pleasant memories of his service in Puerto Rico.
Get to know each other, again
If it’s just you and your significant other, we offer night-out opportunities at restaurants, theatres, and other such romantic settings where you can rekindle your relationship and wind down.
Now we’re cooking — and crafting
Lots of warriors, family, and caregivers like to paint, cook, or get crafty. WWP offers classes like glassblowing, loads of cooking classes with a variety of cuisine themes, painting, gardening, and much more. You’ll have a great time, meet people, and learn something new.
It’s all here waiting for you
WWP has been connecting, serving, and empowering wounded warriors for 15 years. We direct every dollar, hour, and action toward helping injured veterans achieve their highest ambition. When you’re ready to get started, we’re ready to serve.
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. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), top rated by Charity Navigator, and holding a GuideStar Platinum rating. To get involved and learn how WWP connects, serves, and empowers, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.