A Wounded Warrior is defined as someone who is very serious or seriously wounded, ill or injured. They have complex medical issues that keep them from performing one or more tasks in the military, many facing medical retirement following years of treatment.
Combatants who have been wounded while fighting in a combat zone during wartime, but have not been killed. Typically it implies that they are temporarily or permanently incapable of bearing arms or continuing to fight.
For the U.S. military, becoming WIA in combat generally results in subsequent conferral of the Purple Heart, because the purpose of the medal itself (one of the highest awards, military or civilian, officially given by the American government) is to recognize those killed, incapacitated, or wounded in battle.
A battle casualty other than killed in action who has incurred an injury due to an external agent or cause. The term encompasses all kinds of wounds and other injuries incurred in action, whether there is a piercing of the body, as in a penetrating or perforated wound, or none, as in the contused wound; all fractures, burns, blast concussions, all effects of biological and chemical warfare, the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation or any other destructive weapon or agent.
Wounded Warrior Project Information
Every warrior has unique challenges and goals. That’s why we provide a variety of wounded warrior programs, veteran programs, and services to help you take the steps that are right for you. What’s more, thanks to the tremendous support of our donors, you never pay a penny to get the help you need to build the future you deserve.
Alumni: Veterans who register and join Wounded Warrior Project are called Alumni. Whether you’re a warrior, family member, or caregiver, support for veterans starts with the Wounded Warrior Project Alumni program.
Sometimes within the wounded warrior program, you don’t know exactly what you need. That’s why we’re here. We’ll listen, then point you in the right direction.
Veteran Peer Support: With 113,000 registered wounded warriors program warriors, we’ve developed a large network of people like you. Yet, 52% of warriors say they don’t have close personal relationships with others.
Family Support: The transition from service member to civilian is not easy. Thankfully, many of our army wounded warrior program warriors have people like you—parents, siblings, caregivers and more who go above and beyond to help them.
International Support: At Wounded Warrior Project, our community is global. Not only do we support you in the U.S., we also offer medical help in Germany’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and Ramstein Air Base, as well as programs throughout Europe at our Warrior Transition Units (WTUs).
Warrior Care Network: If you’ve returned from service with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), you’re certainly not alone. Over 1 in 3 service members live with PTSD and over 1 in 5 live with TBI.
Combat Stress Recovery: Sometimes the most painful injuries aren’t physical. Whether it’s PTSD, TBI, combat stress, or any other mental health condition, we’re here to help you get through it.
Wounded Warrior Project Talk: WWP Talk is our free mental health support line where you’ll be connected to a person who will listen, and help.
We know that having reliable support makes your journey easier. So in these weekly calls, you’ll be heard without judgment. Together, we’ll find a way to help, developing coping skills and a practical plan to work toward your goals, big or small.
We know that a lot of warriors struggle with their physical health when they finish service. Maybe an injury was holding you back. Maybe you’re not sure you have what it takes to reach your goals and get into shape. But you are so much stronger than you think, and your health is completely worth the effort.
Physical Health & Wellness: There are a million reasons to focus on your physical health and wellness. Lower stress levels, improved mood, increased energy – when you feel stronger, you feel better. We’re here to help you discover what “better” means for you, through coaching, skill-building, and physical training.
Soldier Ride: You are stronger than you think – and there’s no better place to discover that strength than on the open road.
Soldier Ride is a four-day cycling experience where you’ll meet warriors like you, push your limits beyond what you think is possible, and leave with a deeper understanding of who you are and what you’re capable of.
Career and Veteran Assistance Benefits Counseling
No one likes to worry about money, let alone talk about it. But when you’re transitioning to civilian life, it’s a conversation you need to have. We’re here to make that conversation an inspiring one, one that makes you realize that your goals are possible.
What benefits do I qualify for? What am I actually getting? And how do I sign up?
We know there are a lot of questions when it comes to getting the benefits you deserve.
We’re VA-accredited and here to help you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department Of Defense (DOD) to get exactly what you need, so you can take care of yourself and those you love.
Warriors To Work: You’ve finished your service – now, you’re contemplating your next move. Wherever you are in your job search, Wounded Warrior Program jobs, or Warriors to Work can help. If you’re just getting started, we can get you headed in the right direction. It starts with setting achievable goals, then taking the steps to get there.
With the right support, every warrior can achieve a civilian life that’s worth living. Our Independence Program is designed to help warriors suffering from moderate-to-severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or neurological conditions, take positive steps towards independent living.
Because every journey is different, we work as a team with members in the wounded warriors organization, their family, and caregivers to set goals and build an individualized plan. Our veterans’ Independence Program helps warriors see their way forward, and caregivers feel the relief of a team sharing the load.
HOW CAN I FIND HELP?
Our programs are here to support you at every step, so let’s get started. Take a look at our veteran support programs above, and get the right support for where you’re at right now.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please contact the Resource Center and we’ll connect you with what you need.
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