Mission: The wounded warrior amputee softball team (wwast) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees. The team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have served our country in the global war on terrorism, in iraq and in afghanistan. They now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration. They are a perfect example to show how a positive attitude, commitment, dedication and perseverance can overcome obstacles.
Programs: In 2014, the wounded warrior amputee softball team, inc. Completed its fourth full year traveling to 30 different cities continuing to inspire and educate the public through its softball games. The highlight of the year was the second annual wwast amputee kids camp held in louisville, kentucky. The wwast paid for twenty kids between the ages of 8 and 12 with amputations or missing limbs to attend the camp. The wwast paid the travel expenses, lodging, meals and related costs for the twenty kids, a guardian for each and our players, coaches and staff. Our players serve as coaches and mentors for the kids. The camp culminated with a game between the kids. The 2015 camp was held in mission viejo, california. The 2016 camp will be held in the washington, d. C. Area. The wwast again engaged in a number of speaking and related appearances including: fort riley, ks resiliency day presentation; city and town agencies; hospital; parades; major league baseball teams; and veterans homes and organizations. In 2014, the wwast expended its programs to include purchasing $75,000 of rehabilitation equipment for walter read national military medical center where many of the wwast players rehabbed after losing limbs. In addition to raising funds for our softball program costs, the organization is active in raising funds that have been donated to research for heterotopic ossification. Ho is excess bone growth in soft tissues that frequently occurs in the residual limbs of combat amputees. We recently made a $50,000 contribution to the henry m. Jackson foundation to fund research on heterotopic ossification, a malady that has affected many of our players, and that appears in around 65% of amputations as a result of a blast injury. This research will also ultimately help the general population who have other traumatic injuries such as loss of limb in car accident.
My Dad was in the USAF Capt. Ret. 100% Disabled. He was one of the Wounded Warriors. I have a need to help where we can. With my husband we host events and we donate funds to many charities. We went to one of the games for the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team. I was so excited to go watch these men who served our country have some fun. Not only was I brought to tears, I was physically shaken and in AWE over all these players. I watch as each one played the game with no care in the world. When I walked around and introduced myself to the team and talked to each player I was humbled by their presence. I told everyone thank you for your service to me and our country. The overwhelming response was no problem. WOW what an amazing group of men. I received hugs from many and was treated as if I was known by the team for years. I cannot say enough about this incredible origination. My hats off to you all and thank you David for inviting me to come watch. I will be at the games that I can. MANY- MANY THANKS. Have a great year!!