Local Veterans Promote the Wounded Warrior Project
For many veterans, coming home after a deployment can be a struggle. While there are many services in place to help with such issues, two local veterans – Joshua Nash and Joseph Richardson – report Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has been a great blessing in their lives and an aid in many veteran’s recovery.
WWP has been described as a charity and a service organization designed for veterans that offers various programs, services, and events. Some events include the Pheasant Hunt, in which Nash and Richardson participated, as well as Project Odyssey – a rehabilitative outdoors retreat where veterans are taught a variety of skills.
Although WWP had previously received “bad publicity” in years prior, Richardson said this non-profit organization is life changing.
Richardson first became involved with WWP four to five years ago when he became curious and signed up to receive information. Each month, he receives an email listing all the events in the region for the upcoming month. Richardson explained all events are at no cost for participants, except for travel expenses.
One recent event was the Pheasant Hunt, which took place in Pennsylvania. Both Richardson and Nash attended, and it was described as an amazing experience. Richardson said WWP goes “above and beyond” in serving the veterans and is a humbling experience.
One purpose of events such as the Pheasants Hunt is for veterans to form connections with each other. All participants are encouraged to spend time with one another and discuss issues and problems they may be facing. Richardson explained this can be comforting as it shows that one is not alone. In addition to this, other veterans might have experienced similar issues and can give helpful advice. It was said the VA system can be tough to figure out, and events such as this give veterans a chance to give pointers to those in need.
Richardson described the time spent with other veterans as efforts in building a bond with the knowledge that there is someone to fall back on in times of need. This can oftentimes be essential to the lives of veterans. The local veteran explained many veterans return to their homes after deployment and are faced with anxiety and depression amongst other issues, and WWP is a chance for them to connect with like-minded individuals. Richardson also said the level of care shown by WWP employees is a great help.
In addition to this, WWP was said to have attorneys who offer legal services to veterans in the form of assisting in the filing for veteran disability, among other things.
Through all of these services offered, one could assume that Richardson’s claim of the organization being life changing is correct.
“Twenty-two soldiers kill themselves a day, and this program has saved many,” Richardson said of WWP. He explained this number is far too high, and is of the belief WWP can offer assistance in changing this statistic.
Although both Nash and Richardson heavily promote WWP to all veterans, they expressed that Project Healing Waters is also an option.
Project Healing Waters is also a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of veterans through fly fishing. While Richardson said he has only recently been involved with this organization, he explained that there is a chapter in each Parkersburg and Wheeling.
For more information on either organization and the services offered, contact Joshua Nash and Joseph Richardson via Facebook. Both Nash and Richardson encourage all local veterans to become involved with these organizations and take advantage of the services offered.