Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded members of our military, our “Wounded Warriors”. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need.
One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.
The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution (compared with what the warriors had sacrificed while serving our country) has become WWP’s signature program:”WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors.”
Here is an example of their involvement:
WWP’s Heath Calhoun named U.S. flag bearer for Opening Ceremonies of 2010 Paralympic Winter Games
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The U.S. Olympic Committee announced today that alpine skier Heath Calhoun (Bristol, Tenn.), a veteran of the Iraq war, has been selected as flag bearer for the U.S. Paralympic Team at Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games on March 12. To select the flag bearer, captains from each sport met in the Athlete Village Wednesday.
“I am incredibly honored that my team even nominated me for this,” he said. “Just being part of Team USA is a huge honor so being selected from this talented group of athletes is something that I’m proud of. It’s surprising but I’m very grateful.”
Calhoun lost both his legs above the knees while he was serving as a Squad Leader for the famed 101st Airborne Division. “I was at the rear corner of the Humvee when the grenade hit the tail light right beside my right leg and exploded,” he said. The attack killed another soldier, who Calhoun honors by wearing a bracelet etched with the soldiers name and date of the attack on his right wrist.
For more information or to donate, please call 877 – TEAM WWP (877-832-6997)