Wounded Veterans Reconnect at Army-Navy Game
The Army-Navy game is one of the most iconic sporting events in America, and veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) were there to witness this year’s face-off. In partnership with USAA®, WWP connected several warriors with one another for an afternoon of football and camaraderie.
“It was snowing, but my wife and I were so excited that it didn’t stop us from going,” said Rudolph Roberson, an Army National Guard veteran. “While we were there, I saw one of the guys from the couples mental health workshop we went on through Wounded Warrior Project. We were happy to see each other and catch up for a bit.
The game was amazing, but the temperature got pretty low, so eventually, my wife and I had to leave.”
The annual game has always been an intense matchup, but the blustery weather that greeted the warriors and players turned it into an instant classic.
“The weather was perfect for football,” said Christopher Krutzsch, an Army veteran from Philadelphia. “I was rooting for Army, so when the blizzard-like conditions cost Navy the game at the field goal, I was pretty excited. You couldn’t have asked for a more exhilarating game.”
WWP program events like this give wounded warriors an opportunity to experience veteran peer support firsthand. These social gatherings get them out of the house and connect them with fellow service members and their communities. WWP meets warriors in all stages of recovery and provides resources to help the transition back to civilian life.
“I got connected with Wounded Warrior Project while I was recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center from injuries I received from an improvised explosive device while serving in Baiji, Iraq,” Roberson said. “Wounded Warrior Project helped me apply for my benefits. Since then, they’ve helped me get out to events like this one, which I wouldn’t normally get out to, and helped me build relationships with other veterans.”
Generous donors and supporters enable WWP to serve warriors by connecting them with programs and services that empower them to live their lives on their terms, free of charge. To learn more, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org.