What we do is more important now than it has ever been!
We are living through a time unlike anything we have ever experienced due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019. Many of us are experiencing a “new normal” state with additional stress, feelings of isolation, guilt of needing to depend on other people or services, and increased levels of distress and depression. Unfortunately, for many veterans these are not “new normal” but have been part of their normal since returning from war.
The CDC has a number of suggestions we can all follow to help us cope with these feelings:
- Take breaks from news stories, including social media.
- Take care of your body through physical exercise, eating well, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
- Make time to unwind with activities you enjoy.
- Connect with other, especially those you trust regarding your concerns and feelings.
WWIA fully supports this advice and would also encourage you to enjoy the outdoors as often as possible. These recommendations have been part of our healing practices since 2007. Over the past 13 years, WWIA has provided world-class outdoor sporting adventures for our nation’s combat-wounded, Purple Heart recipients at zero cost to the veterans we serve. While we have had to cancel events in March, April and May, we are excited to begin offering healing opportunities to our Heroes again in June.
WWIA events operate in small groups of 3-5 Purple Heart veterans, the Hosts providing the hunting and/or fishing opportunity, and often a few volunteers. We will be adhering to all local, state and federal guidelines.
Given the nature of hunting and fishing activities, WWIA events have social distancing built in. While maintaining a safe environment, our veterans are forming new friendships while sharing personal stories instead of being preoccupied with the news. They will enjoy delicious food, physical activity and a healthy, caring environment of people who are interested in honoring their service and sacrifice. Above all, WWIA events are about unwinding through activities our veterans enjoy while connecting with others, specifically those who have gone through the similar experiences and understand the unique concerns of a combat veteran.
During these uncertain times, our country is experiencing change. For non-profits like WWIA, we are dependent on your generosity. We understand your priority to provide food, shelter, and normalcy for your family. If you can, please consider donating to help in the healing of our combat-wounded, Purple Heart veterans.