This day is the time to consider how we can support and assist the brave men and women who serve or have served in all branches of the military. Coming from a Coast Guard family myself, I know the lengths to which these strong individuals freely sacrifice their time with their families, endure their frequent upheavals, and, yes, even face the possibility of losing their lives.
Finally, it has been recognized that not all injuries from serving in wartime are physical Doctors now understand that the harshness and constant danger faced day in and day out when in battle can leave scars not only on the body but on the heart and mind, as well.
An organization that seems to be making heroic efforts to help soldiers heal after their tours of duty is the Wounded Warrier Project, which works to offer programs that meet the soldiers’, and their famiies’, needs at each point along their healing spectrum.
The charity provides free programs and services that are centered on the mental, physical, and financial well-being of veterans, families, and caregivers of this generation of veterans who have been injured while on duty.
If a soldier has been injured on or after September 11, 2001, he or she is invited to join the WWP Alumni program which includes a variety of benefits. Family members who are thrust into the position of becoming caregivers and full-time supporters of their loved-ones are eligible for the program’s benefits, also.
The project’s offerings include such aids as:
- outdoor rehabilitative retreats
- professional psychological services
- physical rehabilitation
- employment services
- support in acquiring government benefits
- peer mentoring
- local and national advocacy
Donations can be made by visiting https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs
Thank you to all veterans and those on active duty.