The issue of suicide brought on by poor mental health has long since plagued our heroes, particularly those wounded in service, no matter where and when the conflict. Like a lot of people, for many veterans, the simple act of asking for help is very difficult.
Did you know that since Sept. 11, 2001, just over 30,000 veterans have died by suicide? That’s four times more than U.S. military personnel who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Wounded War Heroes was founded to show our appreciation to the men and women who have been wounded or injured as a result of serving our country, by providing them therapeutic outdoor experiences upon their return home from fighting for our country. Our sole purpose is to show these veterans they are not forgotten for their courageous service to our nation.
Veterans lose their lives to suicide every day
Veterans in the United States took their own lives in 2019.
Former service members died by suicide at a rate twice as high as non-veterans
What We do
We help those who have been wounded or injured as a result of serving our country get away from the pressures of civilian life, providing therapy via recreation and fellowship.
The term Recreational Therapy was introduced in the 1950s as an evidenced-based approach to rehabilitation and treatment and has seen success in helping to improve the conditions of life amongst those who were wounded in service to our country.
WWH uses Recreational Therapy as a tool to say thank you to our heroes. We provide unique outdoor experiences in an effort to encourage them, to let them know that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is more to life than what they are currently going through in their personal or professional lives. That and just to reward them for their service with a bit of cost-free fun in the outdoors!
WE’ve Got them Covered
Free Recreational Trips
No charge recreational therapy trips are provided to heroes wounded in service of our country – all expenses paid for, organized by, and executed by WWH volunteers and financial supporters.
Escape from normal life
The opportunity to get a way from the stresses of life, if only for a bit. We strongly believe that sometimes in order to change the place your mind is stuck in you have to change the physical place your body is in.
Likely the most important element WWH provides is the chance to spend quality recreational time with other heroes wounded in service, make life-long friends and being around strong role-models.