Livingstone athletics to recognize Wounded Warrior Project veterans at football game this Saturday
SALISBURY – Many service members struggle with the transition back into civilian life after combat. Livingstone College is stepping in to offer some relief, as inclusion in collegiate sporting events is a great way for veterans to feel appreciated and honored for their sacrifices.
Livingstone athletics is rallying behind the nation’s heroes and partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project during the Blue Bears’ home football game against Winston-Salem State University at Alumni Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
“We are really excited to host our Wounded Warriors at our next home game,” said Livingstone athletic director Lamonte Massie-Sampson. “This is a great opportunity for the entire Blue Bear Nation to show them how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service.”
In collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), Livingstone athletics has invited local WWP injured service members to participate in the coin toss at the beginning of the game. The service members will also be recognized during the game.
Being included in game-day activities can provide life-changing experiences for veterans during their recovery and transition back to civilian life, said Michael Linnington, chief executive officer at Wounded Warrior Project. For some attendees, these events may be their first time outside of the house since incurring their injuries or meeting others who have undergone similar military experiences. Seeing the support of their community can provide the motivation they need to keep pushing forward.
“We are thrilled to see this showing of support by creating an exceptional experience for local WWP injured service members,” Linnington said. “These opportunities continue to empower injured veterans and are an instrumental part of their healing process and emotional well-being.”
More than 52,000 service members have been physically wounded during the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. An estimated 400,000 more are living with the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.
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