This blog post was sponsored by Wounded Warrior Project® for Believe in Heroes but the opinions are all my own.
We have all heard the horror stories of what war brings. We hear about our military men and women getting injured, returning home from deployments and suffering from PTSD, and many other mental and physical disabilities. Once we hear about these things on the news have you ever wondered what happened to those people afterwards?
Far too often they are left needing more help than what is available to them. Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Sometimes these men and women are seeking more independence for themselves because their injuries leave them fully dependent on others and in a lot of cases warriors face the risk of institutionalization and we can’t let that happen.
Meet Carlos De León Sergeant US Army, Wounded Warrior Project® Alumnus
During Carlos’ deployment in Baghdad in 2007 his life changed forever. As he was walking across his base to give his father a birthday phone call, mortars started raining down. “The first shelter I saw was an opening between some big metal storage compartments,” he said. “As I was running toward them, a mortar fell behind me.” Carlos was seriously injured by shrapnel and returned to the United States.
“My rehab and recovery have been very difficult, both physically and mentally,” said Carlos. Treatments include frequent injections in his head to deal with nearly constant headaches from his traumatic brain injury. But Carlos has found ample support from his family and Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP).
“Out of nowhere, WWP reached out to me and told me about the TRACK™ program in Jacksonville. Carlos has now completed TRACK – the first educational center in the nation designed specifically for Wounded Warriors –and is living with his family in Florida as he continues his studies in information technology.
As the wife of a U.S. Navy Chief and friend and family member of several active duty and retired military men and women, I actually have had a lot of hands on experience with helping and donating to Wounded Warrior Project. It is a purpose that I firmly believe in and feel that doesn’t get near the amount of attention it should. Not everyone may know how to help but WWP has made that easy this year. The Believe in Heroes® campaign of Wounded Warrior Project brings national brands, retailers and consumers together in a way that reaches us all: groceries. Shop to support the brands that support our heroes. So if you want to help, visit this site and access the shopping list of brands that you can support.
Join Wounded Warrior Project and participating retailers and brands until November 20 as part of the #BelieveInHeroes campaign and Support the Brands that Support our Heroes. It’s something so easy to do!
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