GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — Military service members who were wounded in action often come home to challenges almost as difficult as the ones they faced in the line of duty. There are clear physical limitations in everyday life for many veterans, with over 50,000 living with wounds sustained from service.
The wounds are not just physical. Estimations say that around 400,000 former service members live with emotional and mental challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder, over 300,000 live with traumatic brain injuries.
The Wounded Warrior Project is assisting these American Heroes with reintegration into society, and helping foster the most successful, well-adjusted group of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
They do this in a variety of manners that can cater to each service member’s specific needs. There are three pillars of service offered:
- Mind, which includes peer and mentoring programs, independence programs, Project Odyssey for post-traumatic stress disorder coping, and combat-stress recovery programs.
- Body, which connects with sports and recreational opportunities in the community and includes programs such as Soldier Ride.
- Economic Empowerment, which assists getting service members with job training and getting back into the workforce. 95% of warriors who went through the TRACK program enrolled in school or work. Other programs in this pillar are Warriors to Work and the Transition Training Academy.
You can do your part by donating to the project or looking for volunteer opportunities on the Wounded Warrior website.