My story is a long one and for the sake of time, I'll condense it. I am 46 yrs old and I medically retired from the Army in 2012. Prior to coming out, as a result of all my injuries that I sustained while I was active, to include the reason for medically retiring, I knew I no longer could do the work I was use to, which was the building trades. After finishing active duty, I declared nursing as a major. With as competitive that it is, the road was not an easy one.
Fortunately I was able to sustain my life (as a student) living off of my VA disability as well as the school stipend. I struggled all the way throughout nursing school but in December 2017, I finished and graduated. I thought it would be easy to get a job... I was highly mistaken to believe that.
I applied after graduation, to all the residencies that were available, but didn't receive any offers until end of August 2018, which I accepted. It starts in the end of October, but I am very happy and excited to start this endeavor that was only possible for my active duty time, the VA, as well as Wounded Warrior Project.
After graduating, I no longer qualified for the stipend, and had to float my entire family on the VA disability that I received. As a result, WWP has helped me on a number of occasions with my living expenses, to include paying for the exam I needed to take to get my national license (NCLEX).
The expense is A LOT, but the project didn't hesitate for one second, and they assisted me with the funds that were needed to pay for it, along with the encouragement along the way.
I can't say enough for WWP, and regardless of some negative publicity in the media about 2 former employees, they are a wonderful organization, and they want to see Veterans, and their families improve, succeed, and thrive in life.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done, to include the assistance you'll provide in the future. WWP truly is an organization that will be there the whole way to see you through, and donors can be confident that your dollars are going to helping Veterans rebuild their lives, after active duty.
I was able to travel to Louisville this past weekend and participate in a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride. The Wounded Warrior Project teammates are among the happiest people I have ever met. They are constantly smiling and you can see they truly enjoy their jobs and helping wounded warriors. The entire process of signing up for the ride and traveling to the location was aided by a teammate every step of the way. Wounded Warrior Project has exceed every expectation I have set for them by a great margin and continues to do so daily. I can't say enough great things about this organization and all it does for wounded warriors.
Had a great time just recently on July 15th at Darien lake amusement park with my family
This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Soldier Ride in St. Paul, MN. This was my first event and it was an awesome experience. I have a Spine injury and numerous surgery from my prior military career but I was able to participate and complete the two day event. The City of St. Paul and Woodbury, MN received us with open arms and treated us with courtesy and respect. The Wound Warrior Program and Soldier Ride is an excellent method to help injured veterans in becoming physically activate again and connect with other veterans. Rene Llanos from Clarksville, TN.
This was my first Soldier Ride ever and I really enjoyed it. It exceeded my expectations! The staff from Texas was friendly and professional (as was everyone affiliated with the event). The local community support was overwhelming. I've already made referrals and will continue to do so. Looking forward to my next Soldier Ride. Hooah!
Once again, WWP came through and pulled me back from the dark abyss. Second time they’ve set me up to reconnect with brothers and sisters from all over the country. I have no words to express my gratitude for what this means to me.
I've been on many events over the passed 4 years with WWP and just completed a Soldier Ride with them and let me tell you....they are gramazing (great + amazing). They always place the warriors and their needs first. They treat you with respect and dignity. They make sure you are taken care of. They go way above and beyond the call of duty to really empower us warriors. There's absolutely nothing negative I have to say about them b/c I've only had great experiences with them. I love WWP to death bc they have helped me and my family out so much. They get warriors and families off the couch to go out and engage and it's all for the benefit of the warrior. They are the best VSO I've been apart of. If you haven't done and event or signed up with them yet, you're missing out. Get on and get involved and start your healing/recovery process with them. Connect with other vets and learn about all the programs they have to offer. There is something out there for you that they have so please do yourself a favor and get involved. And don't listen to the negative smack talking, just go experience WWP and what they have to offer for yourself. Do a couple events (1 of them being a big event like Soldier Ride or Project Odyssey) then make a judgement call but trust me, I guarantee you that you will be pleased. I've gained many new friends and established lots of new relationships thru WWP and you can too. You are not forgotten.
My wife and I have attended two events with the WWP and both times we truly enjoyed ourselves can't wait until the next upcoming event. Thank you WWP.
I have attended the WWP Alumni Odyssey and Soldier Ride Cycling in Texas. Even though my Alumni Odyssey was over a year ago, the Team Leader and some of my new friends have kept in contact. We still check on and help each other. Look, to be part of team again we must get out there and try different things. The WWP has help me to grow, improve in areas that needed it and it has but in measures so I don't drop out of site. I know that Im not in the Army anymore but the WWP has filled that void beyond my expectations.
If not for the Wounded Warrior Program I would not be on the path to wholeness. The Soldier Ride specifically has got me off my bottom and active again. I never thought it would be possible with my injuries. They have been a life saver!
I attend the Solider Ride at Cape Cod this week and where do I start. The transition from my house to Boston was smooth and once I got to CapeCod the WWP staff was amazing. I must say they really do cater to us Wounded Warrior. The food was delicious and no complaints there. The Solider Ride was an event that I will never forget. I met some amazing folks and I am happy I attended that event. If you all never done the Solider Ride please put it on your to do list. God bless each and everyone of you.
I gave 20.00 to Wounded Warriors in April. Today they took unauthorized money from my Visa which they must have kept the number, for 50.00. Do not give to this scam! I have notified the authorities.
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Folks I'm not sure if this is the proper platform for this but I tell my story to anyone who will listen or read it!!!! I have two adult children with extreme mental challenges, one coupled with an extreme physical disorder!!!! My son is 33 years old and suffers with rapid fluctuating bipolar disorder!!! We suffer with him due to the emotional trauma that he inflicks upon us!! He rages every day! And I will suffice to say he is the meanest angriest person I've ever known!!!!!!! I gave my son a 30 day supply of CBD oil! And for an entire month we had a normal son!!! The CBD turned him into a puppy!!! When he spoke if he spoke at all it was in low even monotones!! And he was stating that he now liked him self!!! Sadly at the end of 30 days the monster returned when the CBD oil was gone!!!
My husband and I just attended a Couples cooking class in Chattanooga, TN. This was such an amazing experience, for the both of us. I got to see him smile again, and we had a great night out together, learning something new, and meeting other Vets. I really hope that there are more events like this soon!!
Words could never do justice to the impact Wounded Warriors has had , not only for me as a Combat Vet, but my family as well. The opportunity they have provided to connect with other Combat Vets who "get" you has brought healing and focus back into my life.
The Wounded Warrior Project is allowing me to develop a new and healthy lifestyle. I am beginning to learn and develop new exciting workouts which have been vital in my journey the best physical version of me.
The Week Of 6 Feb - 9 Feb I went on my 1st Soldiers Ride! I’m a warrior with 11 Screws in my body among other issues. The ride was so amazing. It help me build confidence in myself and in my Physical ability. I was able to me some outstanding warriors and WWP admin who if not for there encouragement, them believing in me and them pushing me to the max I probably would have given up. I defently would do it again
I can't say enough about the group who runs the Dallas area WWP. Melody, Dan, and Estaban are wonderful!! The opportunities are vast and I love that we also get to volunteer and give back to the community that supports us. I have befriended many of the veterans and their families. I have tried to tell other veterans that I know about the program and some have tried but served/disability was before 2001 so that is unfortunate. It is a great program.
Soldier Ride was a great opportunity. The WWP team treated us like family. The facilities and activities were top notch and the positive impact of this event have opened my eyes to a much brighter and healthier future. Now I have a hobby that can really get me out of the house. Thank you Wounded Warrior Project!
I tell this story because as a homeless vet I am left out of virtually every program,
I was in Beirut in the early 80's. I was Navy doing the sitting off the coast when the U.S. Embassy was hit. There were communications that needed more help than the Marines were trained to do so I was helo'd to the main shore. I was to go to the airport and check in with Rock Company. But they landed me miles to the north. I could see it however, so hey, I'll be OK. Well, I was in Navy dungarees and no one, including the Syrian Nationalists and Hezbollah had seen this. I was "intercepted" by them and taken far north. They actually left me alone and all I could think of was movies. So, I ran. Fast. That was the worst part. Run to what? Run to who?
Beirut had the largest non nuclear blast ever to this day.
Everything was blown up.
EVERYONE knew our Marines could not lock and load.
5 days after the Marine barracks were hit, they were still looking for survivors.
If they found someone but could not get to them in time, one of our own had to do a headshot.
And yet, Beirut is a "nothing" for vets that were there.
When I say homeless, they ask Vietnam??? Oh ....Iraq or Afghanistan? No.......sorry