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Wounded Warrior Project

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and of the free, because of the brave is the ideology this great country was founded on. This holiday season, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) salutes the service men and women who protect and preserve our ideals on the ground, at sea, and in the air.

All of our veterans face challenges as they return to society, and today’s wounded veterans are meeting extraordinary obstacles year round — including both physical and invisible injuries. WWP has made a promise to this generation of wounded service members to be there no matter how long or difficult their road to recovery. Our 20 programs are designed to fill gaps in service, providing much-needed support in the areas of engagement, physical and mental health, economic empowerment, job placement, and access to care and benefits.


HOMELAND / December 2014

As conflicts continue in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is more important than ever to keep the longterm needs of our warriors at the forefront of public mind. Looking to the future, we know these warriors will continue to need our support long after the conflicts end – especially those living with the most severe wounds of war. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide for those who have honorably served our country, Wounded Warrior Project has committed to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of those, who without the appropriate support, are most at risk for institutionalization. Because for many, sometimes the hardest fight comes after the battle. The Independence Program is an innovative program, created to help warriors design their own path from surviving to thriving. Independence Program pairs warriors who rely on their families

and/or caregivers because of moderate to severe brain injury, spinal-cord injury, or other neurological conditions, with a specialized case manager to develop a personalized plan to restore meaningful levels of activity and purpose into their daily lives. For many, this is an opportunity to participate in the types of daily tasks, and meaningful activities others take for granted.

Each warrior’s roadmap is developed to meet their own interests, goals for independence and quality of life, as are the resources brought to bear. The program is a team effort, bringing together the warrior and his or her full support team to focus on goals that provide a future with purpose - at no cost to the warrior and his or her support team. In many instances, for the cost of one month in an in-patient institutionalized brain injury rehabilitation program, WWP’s Independence Program can provide a year’s worth of

Homeland December 2014  

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