With more than 52,000 servicemen and women physically injured in recent military conflicts, and approximately 500,000 living with visible wounds, The Wounded Warrior Project seeks to empower veterans to begin their journey of recovery.
Duke Liberatore and his wife Dr. Jan McBarron affectionately known to all their radio fans for the show’s name Duke & The Doctor take the time to outline how this organization continues to cultivate positive change.
First and foremost, the mission statement of the Wounded Warrior Project is this: “The greatest casualty is being forgotten”. For the brave men and women who have served in the military, the harsh reality waiting for them when they return home is that if they need additional care due to injuries sustained during their service, they may not be able to get the help that they need. These injuries can be a permanent, life-altering occurrence, and therefore the Wounded Warrior Project is adamant about the urgency to course-correct this situation. Every donation ensures that people will be taken care of, having their basic needs met and enabled to live a life of happiness.
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 by John Melia, as a direct result of the military actions taken following September 11, 2001. Melia had experienced firsthand the impacts of injuries sustained during service after being severely wounded in a helicopter crash in 1992. Since then, Melia has been determined to provide aid through the Wounded Warrior Project, and the organization has raised over $197 Million dollars in 2018 alone, having served more than 11,494 members and 71,866 alumni during its lifetime. The signature way in which the organization provides aid is through backpacks which are filled with comfort items for veterans.
Why Your Donations Matter
Duke and The Doctor explain that it is easy to hope that large donations from the wealthy or big organizations will be sufficient enough to meet the needs of beneficiaries, but the reality is that everyone has a part to play in the well-being of our troops.
The fact of the matter is, to no small extent, we owe them for their acts of service, and this is one of the best ways to make good on such payment. It is far too easy to dismiss the long-term effects of war and the lives it continues to impact. This does not mean; however, that it is any less real, let alone the injuries that our troops sustain each and everyday. Some of the ways the Wounded Warrior Project continues to help is through the following:
- Combat stress recovery program
- Peer and family support
- Physical health and wellness
- Community partnerships
- Outreach initiatives
The Wounded Warrior Project is an opportunity for you to play a direct role in the healing process for the men and women who have done so much for our country; you can feel genuinely good about any donations you decide to give, no matter how great or small.
Duke Liberatore and his wife Dr Jan McBarron enjoyed a twenty-year successful, award winning nationally syndicated radio show called Duke & The Doctor. Duke is named after his Uncle who died in World War II. They have been long standing supporters of the military for the 30 years they lived in Columbus, GA home of Ft. Benning, the Army’s largest infantry base. Recently they have started a GoFundMe account in order to support the cause and encourage individuals to give back to those who have sacrificed their physical and emotional health for our freedom.