WICHITA, Kansas – The Wounded Warrior Project and National Park Service announce they will work together to help severely injured military members, through a new partnership receiving support from The Coleman Company, Inc.
In a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial, National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar and Wounded Warrior Project Executive Director and Founder John Melia signed an agreement to develop opportunities in national parks for the military members to mend physically, mentally and spiritually.
“The words of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address carved on the wall inside of the memorial remind all of us ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle,'” Bomar said. “National parks are places of refuge and inspiration. I am thrilled that this partnership will allow more veterans to be rejuvenated by the serenity, beauty and recreational opportunities found in parks.”
The funding provided by Coleman will help cover travel and accommodations for the military members to the parks.
“At Coleman, we think it is important for all Americans to get outside more and enjoy the benefits of nature and recreation,” said Sam Solomon, President and CEO of The Coleman Company, Inc. “We’re honored to join with the National Park Service and Wounded Warrior Project to provide this unique healing opportunity for our wounded military men and women.”
In addition to identifying a variety of activities and locations for Wounded Warrior Project programs, the National Park Service will provide information on park concessions, cooperating associations and employment opportunities for veterans and their families.
“These heroes have sacrificed greatly in service to their country,” Melia said. “I think it is fitting that, through this partnership, some of America’s best places will be available to help them heal.”
The first collaborative effort between the National Park Service and Wounded Warrior Project, with support from Coleman, will take place at Acadia National Park in Maine on Oct. 20. Project Odyssey is designed to aid the recovery process for those suffering from combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional programs are planned for Yosemite and Grand Teton national parks.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. It serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information, please call (904) 296-7350 or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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