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Run for the Wounded Warrior

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It doesn’t matter if you’re from a big house on the easternmost part of the mainland or lived your whole life in Honolulu apartments for rent — chances are you’ve at least heard of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The group is all about making a difference in the lives of injured veterans, and this November will provide an opportunity for the members of the Kapilina Beach Homes to get involved and help make a difference with the Carry Forward fitness challenge and fundraiser. Here’s what you’ll need to know about the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and this upcoming event.

What the Wounded Warrior Project and Carry Forward are All About

First, a bit of background on the Wounded Warrior Project, in case you weren’t aware. As the name suggests, they’re dedicated to providing aid for the large numbers of injured American veterans:

“More than 52,000 servicemen and women [have been] physically injured in recent military conflicts. 500,000 [are] living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. 320,000 [are] experiencing debilitating brain trauma.”

Those figures aren’t small by any stretch of the imagination, and the Wounded Warrior Project, founded in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2003, is a charity that exists to lend assistance to these veterans in need.

One way they do this is through direct donations. You can make one-time, monthly, or honor/memorial donations to the organization, 100 percent of which goes to supporting wounded warriors. According to WWP, 72 percent of the funds they have raised ($166 million, to date), has gone toward the many programs they offer in service of veterans, and the encouraging numbers don’t end there.

In 2017, they “directly served 132,121 warriors, family members, and caregivers, a nearly 15 percent increase over FY 2016.” Additionally, “more than 1,500 register with Wounded Warrior Project every month.” The ways in which they help go deeper than simply throwing money at important issues, though. There’s a long list of ways that they get involved in making a difference, including:

  • Combat stress recovery programs
  • Community partnerships
  • Family support
  • Peer support
  • Independence programs
  • International support
  • Operation outreach
  • Physical health & wellness programs

While we can’t go into great detail on all the amazing work that they do, we can provide an overview on how they have an influence in veterans’ lives.

Promoting mental wellness is a large part of their mission. They state a shocking statistic, that “1 in 3 service members live with PTSD, [and] 1 in 3 also feel they don’t get the mental health care they need.” They aim to change this, by providing “interactive programs, rehabilitative retreats, and professional services” to help veterans overcome the mental challenges they may be experiencing.

To date, they’ve made some tremendous progress, having “provided over 42,000 hours of intensive outpatient care and therapy sessions that have helped warriors move closer to becoming their best selves.” And the good work WWP does continues, into areas like physical health.

Injuries beleaguer many a veteran after their military service. WWP seeks to help them find and maintain a healthy level of physical wellbeing through a variety of health and wellness programs. They offer coaching, in-depth fitness and nutrition classes, group activity sessions, fitness challenges, and more to help vets stay in shape.

The WWP is involved in helping veterans with severe impairments make a return to civilian life. Their Independence Program, they say, is “designed to help warriors suffering from moderate-to-severe brain injury, spinal cord injury, or neurological conditions, take positive steps towards independent living,” and includes such help as social and recreational functions, wellness programs, volunteer work opportunities, educational programs, and teaching additional life skills.

Wounded Warrior Project is even active in helping veterans secure their financial future, by helping them “understand the benefits [they’re] entitled to and how to get them, pinpointing a career path that fits [their] needs, [and] landing the job that will launch [their] career. It’s a well-rounded approach that helps vets address the many variables that they need to contend with post-service, and they’ve already made a significant impact in the lives of many.

Which is where Carry Forward now comes into play. According to WWP, it’s a “new 5K fitness challenge and fundraiser that unites us for one day for one purpose: to honor and support wounded warriors and their families.” As a multi-tiered challenge, there are multiple ways for everyone to get involved:

  • Flag — Carry a flag of any size, as an individual or as a squad, from start to finish at your own speed.
  • Fitness — Load up with weights from 1-100 pounds to be carried by you or shared by your squad from start to finish.
  • Fierce — The ultimate fitness challenge. With your squad, trade off carrying a squad member throughout the duration of the course.

Kapilina will be getting in on the action on November 10th, at 7:00AM. Things will kick off for the local Kolohne Krew at 5100 Iroquois Drive, and the day will be jam-packed with activities in support of our wounded warriors.

And, of course, if you want to learn more about Wounded Warrior Project and other ways in which you can help out veterans, you can always pay a visit to both the Carry Forward FAQ page and the WWP FAQ page. Both have answers for most of your burning questions, and include avenues by which you can get in contact to find out more and start becoming active in helping out.

People at the Honolulu Apartments for Rent Know How to Make a Difference

Amazing communities like Kapilina aren’t just beautiful because of their picturesque backdrops. They’re beautiful because the residents here are all about helping — wherever and whenever they can.

So while it might be the stunning waters and fantasy beach settings that draw you here, it’s the sense of camaraderie and feeling of goodwill that you’ll undoubtedly experience that will hook you and compel you to stay. You’ll love it here, so be sure to check out what Kapilina is all about and make this your first choice for a new style of living on the amazing land of Honolulu.