"The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs." -Wounded Warrior Mission Statement
This organization was founded in 2002 by John Melia, who had been severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving in Somalia in 1992. Here are a few of numerous accomplishments by the organization:
- They have had tremendous success with their Backpack Program, delivering backpacks containing personal supplies to wounded soldiers. Without family or friends bringing personal items to the hospital, soldiers were without "essential care and comfort items such as clothing, toiletries, calling card and playing cards, all designed to make their hospital stay more comfortable."
- They have also arranged for all building permits and fees to be waived for handicap equipped new housing or retrofitting, in their home state of Florida. Similar achievements have been made on a state level.
- The Traumatic Injury Protection Law for all active duty service members created up to $100,000 of insurance to pay wounded soldiers once admitted into a stateside military hospital. WWP helped create and draft the proposed legislation. The legislation was signed into law by President George W. Bush in under two months due to the successful lobbying efforts of WWP
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