The tagline for the Wounded Warrior Project, created to honor and empower wounded servicemen and women, gives me chills: "The greatest casualty is to be forgotten."
The number of people who cannot be forgotten is staggering:
48,000 have been physically injured in our recent military conflicts
400,000 service members are believed to suffer from combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder
320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while deployed
Among those estimated 768,000 veterans is Jeffrey Adams, pictured here with his wife and baby. He was wounded in 2004 while serving in Baghdad and hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Thirty surgeries later, Jeffrey is a test engineer in Alabama and a devoted member of the Wounded Warrior Project. (You can check out a moving video with his story.)
The Wounded Warrior Project has a great program that goes a long way to support our veterans and requires very little effort from us. It's called Believe in Heroes and it runs through November 11, Veteran's Day. Here are five simple ways to make a difference.
If you know a veteran who could use some support and assistance--or if you, as a loved one or caregiver of a veteran, could--you can register at WWP and start getting the help you all deserve.