Wounded Warrior Project and Colorado:
Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP offers a wide range of programs and events in the Colorado region designed to meet the ongoing needs of injured service members. With a focus on encouraging warrior engagement, the WWP Alumni program in Colorado offers long-term support through communication, career assistance, camaraderie, and networking for Colorado warriors.
The WWP Family Support coordinator in the Colorado region offers respite programs for caregivers through weekend retreats and monthly events for families in the area. Through WWP’s partnership with high quality specialized disabled sports providers, WWP is able to deliver dynamic and engaging year-round sports and fitness programs in Colorado designed to help warriors regain confidence and independence as they adjust to life after injury. Though WWP has always had a presence, it will soon have an office for warriors and their families in Colorado Springs in July of 2012.
Veterans living in the state of Colorado:
- Total: 421,300
Veterans living in the Denver Metro Area:
- Denver County: 33,700
- Douglas County: 20,700
- Jefferson County: 48,300
- Adams County: 29,300
- Arapahoe County: 46,900
Wounded Veteran Facts:
31,923 Veterans were wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
15,560 Veterans have been wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) as of April 2, 2012.
Wounded Warrior Project
Tens of thousands of troops have been wounded in recent conflicts, many of them suffering traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and severe burns.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP provides unique and direct programs and services that ease the burdens of the wounded and their families, aid in the recovery process, and aid in the transition back to civilian life.
Only through the help of individuals who come together in their communities, can WWP continue to aid this generation, and those to come, with the comfort and support they need.
Who Wounded Warrior Project Serves
Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) exists to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers.
The tragic events of Sept. 11 are often the reason warriors say they felt a sense of duty to volunteer for the military. These individuals chose to defend our country, and that is why we honor them.
Sept. 11 also served as a catalyst for conflicts Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror.
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injured in the two conflicts – nearly 32,000 injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and nearly 10,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom.
With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
* All donations for the Veterans Passport to Hope event should be made payable to the West Point Society of Denver, a 501(c)3 [Tax ID# 74-2377078]. After the event, 100% of the net proceeds (after paying vendor costs associated with the event) will be distributed by the West Point Society of Denver, to the Wounded Warrior Project.