Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion are subject matter experts on wounded warrior care, so Hope for the Warriors, a veteran service organization, visited the nation’s largest installation to get advice on doing the same for its clients.
Both the WTB and HFW provide assistance such as health and wellness, sports and recreation, and transition services to wounded service members and their Families.
According to its website, HFW “recognizes that pursuing athletic goals is a key component of the physical and psychological recovery for service members and military Families, and of the warrior culture.”
Headquartered in Virginia, HFW members brought their annual conference to Towle Stadium, April 18, to coordinate with Soldiers and personnel of the WTB’s Adaptive Reconditioning Program, a program dedicated to promoting well-being through sports and physical activities.
“Working with service members and their Families, to be here and have the interaction with the people we are serving is critical,” said Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope for the Warriors.
Offices are located across the country, so staff members arrived from various states including Texas, Connecticut and Missouri, she said.
“(With) services that Hope for the Warriors provides, sometimes we don’t get to see the direct effects. It’s something that makes us better,” said Chuck Jenks, vice president of advancement, Hope for the Warriors.
Sean-Michael Horn and Jovan Bowser, both Soldiers assigned to Company B, WTB demonstrated disc golf to HFW staffers. The sport (players throw a flying disc to a target) is ideal for wounded warriors, said Horn.
“Even guys who have a shoulder injury can play this … (there’s) no strain on the shoulders,” he said.
Additionally, the sport is not expensive and can be played outdoors, which he said is calming.
“It’s played just like golf, but it’s much cheaper,” Horn explained.
The Soldiers also demonstrated bocce ball, spin, TRX and ultimate Frisbee to HFW personnel.
The visit seemed to convey an important message for HFW to take back to their clients.
“Let them (wounded warriors) see that, I think, that they’re not limited to the things that they can do,” said Sgt. 1st Class Adam Harley, Company A, WTB, who participated in event demonstrations.
For more information on HPW services, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org.