About The Wounded Warriors Project
The sacrifices made by generations of veterans are innumerable. Certainly any attempt to repay their dedication to our country would fall short. We may never be able to repay their patriotism, but in the meantime, we should do our best to provide what we can for our country’s fighters. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is one of the many groups making an effort to serve our veterans, especially those who have suffered physical or mental trauma. As of January, the Wounded Warriors project provides a variety of programs, services and events to 84,595 warriors.
John Melia founded the Wounded Warrior Project in 2003. Melia is a veteran himself. He survived a helicopter crash during his service in Somalia in 1992. Having survived serious injuries, Melia decided to put together backpacks with simple but comforting items for other wounded soldiers. He gathered everyday items like shorts, t-shirts, socks, toiletries, CDs and playing cards, and put together care backpacks with the help of his friends and family. Once everything was assembled, the backpacks were distributed to injured soldiers at the Bethesda Naval Hospital (now known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center). The Wounded Warriors Project has grown considerably since then, but the organization still distributes these backpacks to soldiers.
The Wounded Warriors project is a support system for soldiers who have survived or are currently enduring physical and emotional pain. They offer resources to thoroughly take care of a soldier or veteran’s mental, physical, financial and social well-being. The WWP offers education programs, informations technology training, and employment assistance services to prepare veterans for a fruitful and stable career. The WWP is highly concerned with helping wounded soldiers adjust back into civilian life. They recognize the significance of mental health and its contribution to overall wellbeing. The WWP understand that soldiers return with some physical scars along with invisible mental wounds. As a result, they created the Warrior Care Network to give warriors access to proper mental health care. The warriors also act as a support system for one another with a social engagement program organized by the WWP. The WWP connects injured service members with each other with a peer mentoring program and an active Alumni program. They will also connect injured soldiers to local community programs and resources. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, and help their cause, visit their site, here.