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4 Wounded Warrior Project Programs You Didn't Know About

By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 11:55 AM

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has become a great resource for veterans — not just for those who’ve been physically wounded, but for those suffering from mental side effects as well.

According to its website, the WWP exists to fill in the gaps in government care through creating an environment for connection, providing free mental, physical, and career support, and empowering veterans to “live life on their own terms."

While many military families may be familiar with the WWP’s mental health, wellness, and career support programs, there are a couple of other interesting WWP programs on offer.

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Here are four Wounded Warrior Project programs you may not know about:

1. Yoga Warrior — Last year, yoga instructor Rudy Mettia released his “Yoga Warrior 365” DVD box set as a resource for the WWP, together with his entertainment company Udaya Entertainment. In an article for HuffPost, Mettia explained that the set includes 12 themed classes containing 37 short tutorial videos.

For every box set bought, one will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project in D.C. to help vets with their recovery process. Speaking to Mettia, WWP Physical Health & Wellness head Danna Justice says yoga has much to offer “warriors” suffering from both physical and mental trauma. It helps with mobility and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health and teaches mindfulness, which Justice says is a “tremendous resource for recovery."

2. Project Odyssey — Ever feel like you want to just get away from it all? That’s what Project Odyssey is for. According to the WWP website, the program’s main goal is to use nature and recreation to heal the spirit.

Participants attend either regional, couples, or international retreats where they get the chance to discover their inner strength through outdoor, recreational activities that include horseback riding, rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing, depending on where the retreat is held.

After the retreat, participants are introduced to local resources to help them combat stress.

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3. Soldier Ride — This four-day cycling event gives wounded service members and veterans a chance to “use cycling and camaraderie to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds," the WWP says on its website.

The program includes a 10- to 15- and 15- to 20-mile ride, and cyclists with disabilities are accommodated with state-of-the-art adapted bicycles.

4. Warriors to Work —Whether a veteran is injured or not, transitioning into a civilian life can be a tough task. WWP says on its website that it recognizes that this is something warriors needed help with, so it started the Warriors to Work program to match veterans’ skills and expertise to hiring manager’s needs. 

Moreover, the program provides veterans with professional skills training, interview preparation, and anything else they may need to be “empowered job seekers."

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