Injured veterans and their families met the wildlife at the San Antonio Zoo during an after-hours tour organized by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). (Photo courtesy of WWP)
SAN ANTONIO– Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) arranged an after-hours tour for injured veterans and their families at the San Antonio Zoo.
“We came to the zoo so that our daughter could see the animals from a new perspective,” said Jeremy Piper, an Army veteran who attended the event with his wife and daughter. Piper has vision impairment in his left eye and retired from the Army about a year ago. The zoo visit and other WWP activities give him the chance to connect with fellow warriors and learn about additional WWP services.
WWP connection events allow networking between warriors and families and introduce additional WWP programs and services. After-hours tours give warriors an opportunity to walk through uncrowded spaces and enjoy time with their families in a comfortable environment.
“I enjoyed the presentation on resources for veterans after the zoo tour, and I’ve also participated in job fairs organized by Wounded Warrior Project,” Piper said.
Socializing with other veterans helps warriors connect with the support network they need to overcome the challenges they face. In a WWP survey, more than half of survey respondents (52.6 percent) expressed they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health concerns.
To learn more about how WWP connects warriors to build strength through community, visit https://wwp.news/GetConnected.