Wounded Warrior Project Gives Help to Those Who Have Given Everything

Michael Collins

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Since 2003, more than 37,000 troops have been seriously injured in the line of duty. To help these wounded warriors returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, a couple of Veterans, friends, and family members took action. They started the Wounded Warrior Project in 2003. What started as a small organization only a handle full of members strong, turned into a nationwide organization over 400,000 strong.

According to its website http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/  the organization’s  main purpose is to honor and empower wounded warriors.  They are doing everything they can to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”  WWP believes strongly in the phrase: “once a soldier, always a soldier.” They strive to make sure that the wounded soldiers coming home have a comfortable transition from war to their home lives.

Specialist in the Army National Guard Daniel  Parker says, “Being able to serve my country was one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had. Seeing everyone that came together to help me and my family out when I got injured was by far the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

Specialist Parker was injured by fragment from an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan in 2010. According to The New York Times , IED’s have been the biggest killer of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Parker and his family have greatly benefited from The Wounded Warrior Project and all they have done for him.  He’s attended physical therapy for the past two years and is able walk on his own again.

Parker says, “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything WWP has done for me. I’m so thankful that I can go out and throw the ball with my kids. There was a time when I didn’t think that would ever be possible again but WWP made it possible. They’ve been such a big help in my recovery, and I don’t know where I’d be without them.”

WWP has many different programs that soldiers can get involved in. From Combat Stress Recovery programs to Physical Health and Wellness programs. Even though they are disabled or injured, WWP makes it possible for soldiers to get out and do the things they enjoy such as rock climbing, swimming, sky diving, and kayaking.  All of the events and programs are free for the wounded soldiers to participate in and always beneficial. According to its website, WWP has had

  • 91% success rate from the Soldiers Ride event where the soldiers came out with a greater self-esteem and self-confidence. 
  • 89% of their entire Track students reached graduation.
  • 1,129 Benefit Issues have been filed for the soldiers since the founding of the organization.

Parker says, “I’m going to continue to go to therapy and continue to heal. One day I’ll be able to go on runs with my dog again and kick the ball with my kids. I’ll never be in the same shape that I was before my injury, but I’ll be better than I am now because I am better now  than I was yesterday. Always one day better.” http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/improvised_explosive_devices/index.html