Wounded Warrior Project Programs
WWP offers comprehensive programs to assist Wounded Warriors and their families, including:
Interactive programs, rehabilitative retreats, and professional services empower Alumni to maintain healthy, meaningful relationships and to pursue life goals without the barriers and stigma associated with mental health issues. This includes the Combat Stress Recovery Program which addresses mental health needs of injured service members and the key issues linked to combat stress including stigma and access to care. These signature, yet invisible, injuries are addressed through innovative programming and therapeutic options for the stages of the readjustment process.
Collegiate education programs, information technology training, and employment assistance provide long-term financial stability for injured service members and their families. This includes Warriors to Work, which provides career guidance and support services to wounded service members interested in transitioning to the civilian workforce. Warriors to Work specialists assist Alumni with individualized goal setting, building an effective resume, preparing for an interview, networking, access to internships, and assistance with job placement.
Physical Health and Wellness programs optimize the physical and psychological well-being of Alumni through comprehensive recreation and sports programs, physical rehabilitation, and nutrition programs. The program serves all Alumni including those with amputations, spinal cord injuries, burns, visual impairments, TBI, PTSD, and other cognitive or mental health concerns. This includes Soldier Ride, an initiative that provides adaptive cycling opportunities across the country to help Alumni restore their physical and emotional well-being.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
WWP establishes quarterly KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to gage the effectiveness of all programs and services. Examples of recent successes (Fiscal Year 2013) include:
- 43,000 service members received WWP programmatic support
- 3,773 Peer Mentor visits facilitated, and 468 new Peer Mentors were trained and certified
- 96 percent of warriors who attended Project Odyssey, an outdoor mental health retreat, say they will continue to seek out mental health support
- 86 percent of warriors who participated in Soldier Ride developed new coping skills such as greater self-esteem and self-confidence
- 88 percent cumulative graduation rate for TRACK, the first whole-life approach to education for warriors and caregivers
WWP also surveys our Alumni each year to identify trends among our Alumni, to compare their outcomes with those of other military populations, and to measure the impact and mix of WWP services and programs.
WWP established several pilot programs last year, including:
Peer Facilitated Support Groups
An opportunity for WWP Alumni to develop relationships with one another and to support and share their stories in a trusted group of peers. These are non-clinical groups in which warriors assist and empower one another on their road to recovery thereby widening their support network. These groups will build camaraderie, create awareness of issues they are living with, teach ways to deal with everyday challenges and provide support.
Long-Term Support Trust
A safety net to provide consistency and stability for those warriors who rely on the assistance of a caregiver and who will require future care to sustain independence and avoid possible institutionalization. Through this Trust, resources will be available to supplement services and entitled benefits for those warriors enrolled. The goal is to empower each warrior to live as independently as possible, with the highest quality of life, and the finest, most compassionate care possible. The Trust resources are designated to cover services such as case management, life-skills training, home care, transportation, respite care, education and training, and residential programs.
A helpline for WWP Alumni that provides non-therapeutic, emotional support over the telephone. WWP Talk helps to support warriors that have become isolated or withdrawn due to geographic or mental health reasons such as post-traumatic stress or combat stress. WWP Talk serves warriors who have not engaged in other WWP programs and may be experiencing more intense mental health issues.
Community Integration Grants
Works with community groups to provide expanded and more coordinated access to community-based program and reintegration services for injured veterans, often in remote or underserved areas of the country. The initiative fosters collaboration and coordination among community organizations to collectively help injured service members successfully transition and establish a cornerstone of support in their communities.