The Army’s first study of the mental health of troops who fought in Iraq found that about one in eight troops, reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The survey of Army and Marine combat units was conducted a few months after their return from Iraq or Afghanistan last year. “Most studies of past wars’ effects on mental health were done years later, making it difficult to compare the latest results with those from the Vietnam or Persian Gulf wars”
The survey also showed that less than half of those with problems sought help, mostly out of fear of being stigmatized or hurting their careers. The numbers are increasing daily and many inquisitive people help to reduce the number of service members that don’t receive help. Unfortunately many veterans, unaware of these symptoms, are left untreated.
Since march of 2003, 152,669 veterans have filed disability claims after fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. Of the more than 100,000 claims granted, Veterans Administration records show at least 1,502 veterans have been compensated as 100 percent disabled. The numbers are growing rapidly, with a plethora of the older veteran generation that have been excluded from theses statistics. We must be vigilant for those in need who do not seek help.
WWP was founded in Roanoke, Virginia by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women of this generation. One night while watching the news, the group was moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.
WWP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL with additional program offices located in New York City and Washington D.C.
We continuously strive to keep administrative and fundraising costs associated with the operation of WWP as low as possible. Based on our FY2009 audited financial statements ending September 30, 2009, 81% of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for our wounded warriors and their families.
We aggrandize public awareness about the casualties that are being forgotten on a daily basis. Helping our injured warriors, from present and past world conflicts. Also providing services and programs to help rehabilitate veterans and service members’ specific needs.
As our innovative programs and outreach efforts continue to improve and expand, we categorize our programs into four main focus areas - Mind, Body, Economic Empowerment, and Engagement. Under each of these focus areas, you will find a variety of programs to meet needs ranging from benefit assistance to PTSD identification.
We envision a generation of wounded warriors who are economically empowered. They are not unemployed or underemployed and have opportunities to pursue a meaningful career.
This program offers the participants a wide variety of college classes and services specific to their needs, helping them expand their career skills, train in veterans’ advocacy, and continue recovery toward a more independent life.
Each TRACK student receives a scholarship, which provides all class fees, books, materials, and a laptop, as well as individual housing and living expenses. TRACK students receive a student grant the entire 12-month period. Each TRACK student is required to save a portion of their pay, returned to the student at the successful completion of the program.
Classes are provided through Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) or The Alamo Colleges in San Antonio Texas, and credit can be applied toward a bachelor’s, associate degree, or vocational certificate. The second phase of TRACK consists of an employment externship with local employers in Jacksonville or San Antonio, most of these students are often provided with employment following their externship with the individual companies.
We provide funding for dynamic leaders who are at the forefront of social change. We identify amazing people, give them a fellowship grant. We are looking for social innovators who are helping to change the world for the better and are looking for some support through an innovative social investment model
What this foundation looks for, Wounded Warriors Project provides.
By sponsoring our non-profit we ensure our clients, the Wounded Warriors, succeed in the concept of social change and giving back to our economy mentally and physically.
Wounded Warrior Projects’ first TRACK facility was opened in August 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida, with a great impact. In January 2011, WWP celebrated the grand opening of the second TRACK facility, which is located in San Antonio, TX. This new facility will expand WWP's ability to reach out to wounded warriors and empower them with education and training. But as time progresses, the number of our wounded warriors will aggrandize , as the need for space and critically thinking educators will increase.
With your engagement in our program we can generate a greater impact on expanding the future of our wounded warriors, while empowering them with skills to approach their personal and civic lives.