Wounded Warriors

Each month in this section the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day and to back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to each charity we showcase on this page starting with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) in our February/March issue.

Many of you may be familiar with WWP through their television commercials. For those who are not its mission is to honor and empower veterans and service members who have incurred injuries or illnesses, physical or mental, in service on or after September 11, 2001. According to the WWP website its goal is to provide support and raise public awareness for injured service members, and to also help injured service members bond together through sponsored WWP programs.

As of February 1, 2014, there are 46,326 active WWP alumni and 6,163 registered family members. As the website attests, WWP alumni members do not pay any dues – “you paid those on the battlefield.” Programs include tools to help heal and empower the mind (Combat Stress Recovery Program; Project Odyssey, an outdoor rehabilitative retreat that combines nature and recreation; family support programs), body (physical health programs; Soldier Ride, a four-day cycling event in various cities), as well as economic empowerment (higher education programs, technology training, employment assistance), and also engagement with a peer mentoring program and government benefits. Other programs include various 8k runs throughout the year in select cities and other networking opportunities for WWP alumni across the globe.

Please join OpenSystems Media and Military Embedded Systems magazine in supporting WWP through a donation or even hosting a fundraising campaign to benefit WWP. Volunteer programs and student ambassador positions are also available. Donation options include joining the Advance Guard – a monthly donation program – or making a one-time donation online. The proceeds benefit the WWP program, the wounded warriors, and their families. For more information, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.