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About the Wounded Warriors Project

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Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) started when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution (compared with what the warriors had sacrificed while serving our country) has become WWP's signature program: WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors.

Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 in Roanoke, Virginia by John Melia with the assistance of family and friends. Melia had himself been severely wounded in a helicopter crash while serving in Somalia in 1992. Besides John, the original founders of WWP include Jim Melia (John's brother), John F. Melia (John's father), Al Giordano and Steven Nardizzi.