Letters to the Editor

Wounded Warriors

I returned from Afghanistan in 2013, I was sent to the Warrior Transition Unit at Joint Base Lewis McCord.

While I was at JBLM, the Wounded Warriors Project was quite prominent in the lives of all of us attached to the unit. The WWP is a non-government, non-profit organization. The WWP becomes involved with injured military personal prior to our discharge, an action the VA is unable to perform.

Prior to my discharge I was involved with education classes sponsored by the WWP, I became Microsoft A-plus certified at no cost to myself.

The WWP sponsors bike rides at home and overseas, they research and find ways for anyone to be able to participate in these events regardless of injury. They sponsor getaway events for injured active duty and veterans, while at the WTU, I was signed up for a soldier ride event in San Diego, this event is sponsored by the WWP, all travel, meals, hotel is paid for by the WWP. Unfortunately, a required spinal surgery was scheduled near the same time so I was unable to attend.

The WWP has a multitude of projects not only for active and veterans but also the family members. Some say that this is the job of the VA, and in my experience the VA has been wonderful, I have received the best of care in Seattle, but the VA can only do so much. The WWP does what government programs can’t, they react faster with programs that work, and change others that do not.

Guy Smith, Blaine