t Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), our logo often embodies the journey of our wounded veterans. Carried off the battlefield after being injured, many of our warriors progress through their recovery to then become the person who helps to carry other wounded veterans through their recovery process. We call this “Living the Logo™.”
One program that facilitates this process is our Peer Support Program. Peer Support helps veterans develop one-to-one friendships with fellow warriors who are further along in the recovery process, with the goal that the individual being mentored will eventually mentor a fellow warrior. For retired Army Sergeant Victor Thibeault, this concept is not new. “I have been a peer mentor since becoming a noncommissioned officer in the Army, and I don’t intend to stop,” he said. Thibeault was wounded in Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 3, 2003. He grabbed a grenade that was thrown through the window of the Toyota Hi-Lux he was driving, mitigating the effects of the blast and preventing injury or death to innocent civilians in the proximity of the blast. Despite his own injuries, he provided immediate medical aid to his injured battle buddy and carried him a quarter mile to safety for treatment. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Thibeault says when he looks at the WWP logo, he sees his story.
“I feel it is my responsibility to help other veterans because so many people and organizations helped me,” he said. “I strive to listen to the veterans, understand their unique situation, provide guidance on how to get where they want to be and help link them with organizations that can assist.”
August 2014 / HOMELAND