To honor and empower wounded U.S. service members.
About the Organization:
Founded in 2003 by veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wounded Warrior Project works to raise public awareness of and support for the needs of wounded and injured service members; help injured post-9/11 service members assist one another; and provide direct programs and services for veterans and their families. What began as an effort to provide comfort items to wounded service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has grown into a holistic rehabilitative effort to assist veterans with visible and invisible wounds recover and transition back to civilian life.
The Wounded Warrior Project operates a total of nineteen programs in four areas — mind, body, economic empowerment, and engagement. They include the Combat Stress Recovery Program, which includes a rehabilitative retreat as well as assistance in navigating mental health resources; Physical Health & Wellness programs in inclusive sports, fitness, nutrition, and wellness; TRACK, a twelve-month educational and employment skills training program at WWP education centers in Jacksonville and San Antonio; Transition Training Academy, a hands-on blended learning program for veterans pursuing a career in information technology; Peer Support, which connects veterans with peer mentors; and a Benefits Service designed to ensure that veterans and their families have access to government benefits, programs, and community resources. Since 2012, WWP also has awarded one-year grants of up to $250,000 to organizations with programs focused on the needs of wounded service members.
Visitors to the site can learn how they can support wounded service members via the organization's Online Advocacy Center or by hosting a sports event; search for veterans support events in their area; or sign a pledge "to stand by these warriors not just today or tomorrow, but for a lifetime." Injured service members can register for the Alumni program, family members can register for Family Support services, and supporters can make a donation.
The Wounded Warrior Project is supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations.