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Wounded Warrior Project® was founded. WWP backpack program established

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Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need by delivering 50 backpacks filled with comfort items to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. The response: “Do you have 50 more?”

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Andy Hellman was shot in the knee while ambushing insurgent mortar men in Sadr City, Iraq. The...

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Andy Hellman was shot in the knee while ambushing insurgent mortar men in Sadr City, Iraq. The bullet ripped through the soft spot of Andy’s knee, between the bones, and out the other side. Tragically, their unit was without a medic because he was injured just days earlier. So another scout helped patch Andy up.

“Believe it or not, I was happy to have shed blood for my country. I was thankful to be alive, but I was ashamed I was evacuated out of there. Especially seeing the other, more severely wounded guys in the hospital and on litters stacked four high on the evacuation plane.”

Andy says he wants to help his fellow Wounded Warriors deal with survivor’s guilt because he knows firsthand how emotional it can be. “Compared with other warriors – those missing limbs, (living with) severe burns, and making the ultimate sacrifice of death – I felt guilty I hadn’t really done anything. And if I can help others deal with change, I’m ready to do that.”

That’s why Andy is excited about his involvement in National Campaign Team (NCT) with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). NCT allows Andy to continue serving fellow warriors by publicly sharing his story through a variety of WWP outlets. “Warriors come back needing jobs, medical care, places to live, legal assistance, and other reintegration needs. I was impressed with WWP, and I wanted to be on their side helping other warriors. We heal faster helping warriors who need help.”

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Life begins again

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In June 2012 Timmy Hunt meets Scott Adams and his post military life starts.
Thank you WWP for giving our family a new normal

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Operation Wounded Warrior

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I was hired to my first radio job in 2007. I also worked part time at the post office and speaking with family of soldiers deployed as they mailed them packages, I became inspired to do something for our military. After researching military charities, someone suggested The Wounded Warrior Project. After seeing some of their work I contacted the WWP asking to host a radiothon to benefit the charity.

November 11, 2007 I hosted a six hour radiothon called Operation Wounded Warrior to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. It was the first radio show I ever hosted, and is to this date my proudest accomplishment as a broadcaster. It's so great to give to the Wounded Warrior Project because when you do, you give to someone whom you could never repay.

For the event I gathered messages to our troops from athletes, coaches and celebrities. They can be heard here, https://soundcloud.com/patd620/messages-to-our-troops

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Lunch with a Special Bunch

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When my brother Sgt. Joe Behnke was sent to Iraq I yhpughy he would like me to visit the Vuetrens in our ares, Joe workef at the VA in NYC anf epuld ofen tell me how know one wpuld visit, I visited a freind at James Sq, while thete I asked if they hsd any Vets, that dtated me on the road, when we lost Joe in Iraq, I started toVisit the Vets at The local VA in Syracuse, after 7 years 2 places once a month also held a Picnic once a uear called Lunch with a special Bunch, it was great to do but it takes its toll when the last yearTen went ahead, I took some time off but lookinh forward to going back to the VA, God Bless all our Vetrens and those serving, freedom is not free

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To all our men and women. I am very proud to say that I have had the great privilege to...

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Highway Heroes Ride

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To all our men and women. I am very proud to say that I have had the great privilege to participate in two of the rides with Wounded Warriors here in Toronto Canada.
Not only was I riding with my Canadian Heroes but our US Allies/brothers in arms came up to Canada to ride as well.
Stay strong, we love you and we will never forget all the sacrifices you have made. Those with PTSD, it is not a weakness it is a sign of all that you have endured and seen. YOU are a survivor, you are unselfish, wonderful and you endured so much for our freedoms. We will never be able to thank you enough. Love to all and their families

Sandi

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After Iraq I struggled with being able to be myself. To this day I am still learning to adjust...

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Mom Came home with PTSD

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After Iraq I struggled with being able to be myself. To this day I am still learning to adjust to my new normal. After being diagnosed with PTSD my world with my family began spinning out of control.

Luckily, I was able to go white water rafting with my husband during a couples retreat in 2012. It helped him to understand my PTSD much better. Instead of fighting my symptoms, he learned how to deal with them and keep himself sane. Because of this we are now a powerful team and he is my greatest supporter. We are in this together!

TSgt Jennifer Smith

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Tough Mudder

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Tough Mudder made me realize how strong my WWP family is even without knowing anybody that was there. My hip was popping in and out of joint, my knee started popping, my fiance (and caregiver) broke his fibula and we had constant support and encouragement the entire way. After AFG I cut myself off for the most part. I didn't like going out and doing things. But being with my WWP brothers and sister made it so much easier for me to socialize. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait for another WWP event :)

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my youngest child... sporting the ARMY t-shirt bought while I was gone

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my youngest child... sporting the ARMY t-shirt bought while I was gone

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I was born in Philadelphia raised in New York live there till the age of 25, I moved to California Lovely state. I lived there till the 911 incident; I couldn't believe what happen...That day I decided to re-list at the age of 40 I pass my Physical exam. I volunteer for a cause did I believed in. Many people believed the Pres. Bush was wrong to send troop to Iraq and Afghanistan but I do believe, he did the right thing...I lived in New York City at a young age I worked in Manhattan near the World Trade Center so I knew people in that building that died. So I told my commander I wanted to go to the War Zone, I knew I was putting my life in Danger but I didn't care because we as American are tired that innocent people is being killed just because we believe in freedom, so I stand up for freedom for safety for our nation.
I was in Afghanistan I received an injury that I needed to be medical Vac and after a year in Walter Reed they Diagnosed me with Cancer. I am Medical Retired...If I was still fit for duty I would request to be send to Iraq where my Oldies Brother is there serving he have 40 yrs of service he started in the Marine He is a Vietnam Veteran and when he got out he continue as a reserve and National Guard Active Duty he did 3 tour 2 Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Clean up wanted to follow his foot step, but unfortunate I am unable to, Due to injury and PTSD. My awards are ARMY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE MEDAL, ARMY SERVICE RIBBON, ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL AND AFGHANISTAN MEDAL.

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While serving in the 1-66th Armored Battalion on my second tour of duty in Iraq, my life was...

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June 8th, 2006 - the ied that got me

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While serving in the 1-66th Armored Battalion on my second tour of duty in Iraq, my life was changed... permanently.
Amidst the dust, smoke and fumes, was the shattered remains of my lower legs. I was now a double below knee amputee.

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I had the pleasure of joining the Wounded Warrior Project team on May 16, 2011. It has been my...

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Working at WWP

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I had the pleasure of joining the Wounded Warrior Project team on May 16, 2011. It has been my honor to serve Wounded Warriors and their families for the last two-and-a-half years and I look forward to carrying the mission forward for many years to come!

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Everyday I realize how lucky I am to work for an organization to truly practices what they teach. Each day I am able to meet, support, and enjoy the most amazing people. This has been the best 2 years and I can't wait to continue to make amazing memories!

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Sara Sharp return Home Part 1

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The video is a story through pictures, words and song that tells about the first part of my journey. Medevaced hone and struggling to gain control of my life.

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Medevac Out of Iraq (OIF March 17, 2009)

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On Feb 27, 2009 I was on a combat mission in Southern Iraq, midway between Stryker and FOB Q West. After having a rough day of it we were finally on our way back to FOB Sykes. At some point our patrol had issues with a flat tire on the MRAP, incoming fire and bad weather preventing Medevac’s to fly. Outside the wire in condition red was not a good situation. After a detour through severely damaged terrain, with the severe weight of the full battle rattle, of around 65 pounds compressing my spine combined with the jolting ride, I ended up in agony. I felt a twinge go down my right side and I could not move my legs. I lay back on the seat and closed my eyes; there was a blinding pain in my back. I was seen by the Troop medical clinic physician and the decision was made to medevac me out. It had been two weeks and I was not getting better. March 17, 2009. After I left FOB Sykes, I was transferred in Tikrit for a quick helo change. The medical personnel took great care of me. It was so cold in the helicopter I was shivering even in two wool blankets. I had been heavily medicated so I would sleep thru the transport but I was still in that half-asleep half-awake state. Medical attendants wrapped me up in these hot blankets, then wrapped me in a large metallic blanket - they called it a burrito wrap! It was the warmest I’d been all night. It was wonderful. They took my vitals and were so caring and warm i didn't want to leave! Sometime the next day, my next helo arrived in what seemed like a split second, the crew moved me quickly without any effort. Their entire team was awesome. I arrived in Ballad to yet another medical team. They were ready for me and had me in-processed in about 2 seconds! I have never seen such efficiency. After being in the Wounded Warrior Battalion for over two years and being medically discharged with un-repairable back and spine issues I have had a difficult time adjusting to life back home. I am new to the Wounded Warrior program and am hopeful it will help me as I transition into my new life.

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Donating and raising awareness

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Last year my charity ( Moms in America-Caring for our Service Members) raised $1350 for WWP. This year we raised $6600! Love the generosity of our friends and neighbors.

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The Little Things

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I deployed to the Middle East a number of times during my 2002-2006 military service. Each deployment was hard, but my last one to Iraq proved to be the toughest. I spent a few months providing counter sniper support for an EOD team that cleared discovered IEDs. This was during the most deadly time to be in the Triangle of Death. On a simple return to base, my truck was hit by an IED. It completely separated the front of the truck, including the engine and tires, and flipped it upside down. After being knocked unconscious for an undetermined amount of time, I realized that the blast had shattered my fibula and tibia, forcing it to exit my leg about mid shin. I couldn't breathe and I had no idea where I was or what happened. After gathering myself, I realized the severity of the situation. I was medevacd, underwent multiple surgeries, months of rehabilitation and physical therapy. WWP was their the whole time, providing me clothes when I had none because the medic cut them all off to make sure I had no holes in my body. Little things like something to wear that makes you feel a bit better brought my spirits up. Now WWP follows up with me frequently, as if they never stopped caring. Though it has been a tough road dealing with my injuries, which span from my leg to TBI, WWP has made it seem worthwhile.

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How Veterans Changed my Life

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As a civilian, I never expected the Wounded Warrior project to be such a large part of my life. I have been donating since the project's inception, but when I lost a leg in a traumatic freak accident, it was a Warrior, John Fernandez, who contacted me through a friend, to offer emotional support. John worked for the project, and is a double amputee from a blast while fighting in Afghanistan. My friend asked him to call me, to relieve the anxiety of my loss, and John not only comforted me, but we became fast friends. I made a decision to donate 10% of my income to the The Wounded Warrior Project from then on, and to hold several fundraisers a year here in Charleston, S.C. Ours is a community steeped in military history and tradition, and the outpouring of support for the fundraising activities has been terrific. John and his family even vacationed in Charleston last summer, and my colleagues and I secured he and his family a free four bedroom home to stay in while they visited the most historic city in America. I will never be able to repay to our wonderful patriots even a portion of what they have given me. my life is great, and that is because I have the finest of the fine and bravest of the brave protecting my right to freedom. God bless the Wounded Warrior Project and all our strong veterans.
Sincerely,
Thomas Terry Hamlin, Charleston, S.C.

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I have had an OUTSTANDING experience with WWP. There were some things that I was going through...

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Down and Out

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I have had an OUTSTANDING experience with WWP. There were some things that I was going through that I couldn't do alone and WWP stepped in to help me out with everything. I work with Aaron Miranda here in Arizona and he ALWAYS answers my calls, provides resources and support when needed. He has gone above and beyond to help me. I am very pleased with this organization and I would encourage other Veterans to join WWP. They do not just help when you are in a bind, but there are a whole slew of other services they have for Veterans. It's a great organization. Thank you.

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WWP gave me a chance to serve my country again. You gave me hope. Something to believe in. I felt...

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No Longer A Victim

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WWP gave me a chance to serve my country again. You gave me hope. Something to believe in. I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. I got my brothers and sisters back. Each and every one of you has inspired me. We carry each other and never give up. I am a survivor!

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I'm actually apart of a non-profit organization called Redcon-1 music group that solely makes military music for veterans. We call it music therapy. I'm also apart of the wounded warrior project after injuring my back in Africa not too long ago. I've deployed three times and love WWP. I would love to work with you guys as far as music therapy goes. Our website is www.redcon1musicgroup.org

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Day I lost part of my heart spun up on qrf wasnt told what was up and my MATV including my CSM who I love as well my plattoon sgt and friends.We arrived at an outpost and i was the first truck over the engineer bridge and saw a gator with the body of a soldier and in the back body bags that were full not knowing who they were until after the tic in which i had taken rpg shrapnel to right thigh. They will be loved and remembered my CSM and platoon sgt and friend were all injured as well after an 82mm recoiless round hit there truck on tc side and doors were blown open on contact side,yours truley kept calm and returned fire about 10 cans of mk-19 and multiple 40mm from my 320 and about 4 mags while waiting for my awesome driver to get cans up to me they said i saved them i said im doing what im supposed to save my family simple would do it again in a heartbeat thanks for reading and listen. Spc keck,mario 82nd Airborne Division

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Inspiration

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The warriors and family members we serve every day never cease to amazing and inspire me. One in particular is the embodiment of the warrior being carried to the one doing the carrying. He is a WWP living logo and an amazing man.

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My grandfather, Hal Moreland Herring, joined the U.S. Army/Army Air Corps, along with his entire...

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PFC. Hal M. Herring

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My grandfather, Hal Moreland Herring, joined the U.S. Army/Army Air Corps, along with his entire freshman class out of Auburn University in 1941, and was deployed to the European/N. African/Middle Eastern Front in 1942. He served in the 86th Blackhawks Infantry Division, briefly serving with the 101st Airborne Division for the Invasion of Normandy in 1944, then volunteering to undertake the role of Glider Pilot & Covert Operator until Germany surrendered in 1945. He was redeployed to serve with the Ordinance in the Pacific Front immediately afterwards. Hal received the Silver Star, Two Bronze Stars, the Army Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Service Commendation, Expert Rifleman Badge, and was Honorably Discharged in 1946 as a mere Private First Class.

Sadly, my Pawpaw passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's on Valentine's Day this past February, two weeks before his 90th birthday.

For more information on his proud life and career, both military and as an athlete and coach, you can look him up online.

Special thanks to Mr. Ray M. Phillips for his generous donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in my grandfather's memory.

I pray that the Wounded Warrior Project will help our veterans live such long and full lives as my Pawpaw.

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Benefiting WWP - We held a Motorcycle ride, cake walk, cake auction and auctioned off items to...

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Florence Moose Lodge Supporting our Troops

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Benefiting WWP - We held a Motorcycle ride, cake walk, cake auction and auctioned off items to raise money for WWP, through donations. We had a wonderful 2 days. Because of calendar conflict we held our benefit for 2 days. We raised $1007.00 for the WWP. We want to thank Miss Quad Cities contributing her time for both days. And Jeremy Kraven for his time. We hope to be holding this event every year. See you next year!

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Without the Wounded Warrior Project I'm not sure I would have made it through the Med Board...

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Learning about accepting myself again

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Without the Wounded Warrior Project I'm not sure I would have made it through the Med Board process... They were with me through my darkest hours, assisting me all along the way... The Soldiers Ride was the first time I actually recognized what being Honored meant. Though coaching by mentors and peers I learned not defined by my disabilities and became Empowered to continue my personnel growth and understanding that I still have value and much to offer...

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My dad and his life.

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