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Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Seeks to Provide Mind, Body and Spirit Healing for Combat Stress
Date:7/2/2009

PARK CITY, Utah, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- From July 13-17, 16 female wounded warriors from around the country will take part in outdoor activities like ropes courses, rock climbing, horseback riding and water sports as part of Wounded Warrior Project's Project Odyssey. Project Odyssey brings together veterans with combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder for activities that offer healthy support in the healing process. This Project Odyssey will take place at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. Since 2007, seven groups of 15-20 warriors have taken part in Project Odyssey.

The Raven Drum Foundation will also be at the event to facilitate self-care workshops including healing drum circle sessions. Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen and his wife, Lauren Monroe, founded Raven Drum to help veterans deal with their personal challenges using the healing power of music and drumming. Lauren Monroe will facilitate the workshops.

"All too often veterans return home feeling isolated and misunderstood," stated John Roberts, National Service Director for Wounded Warrior Project. "The mission behind WWP and Project Odyssey is to empower these wounded warriors with a range of coping skills to help them move forward in their recovery process."

National Ability Center CEO Dale Schoon said, "For almost 25 years, we've provided opportunities to veterans to participate in activities that help them gain confidence and self-esteem. We're excited to have the first exclusively female group coming this year."

Wounded Warrior Project believes that nature and recreation are powerful tools for healing the spirit and mind. Recreational experiences assist participants in developing self-esteem and self-confidence, improving mental attitudes and outlook, and providing opportunities to enrich relationships with families, friends and peers.

About Wounded Warrior Project:

Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more information, please call 877 TEAM WWP (832-6997) or visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

About the National Ability Center:

Since 1985 the National Ability Center, located in Park City, Utah, has been committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life. As a national role model, the Center promotes the concept of ability through integration, public awareness and education. For more information on the National Ability Center call 435.649.3991 or visit www.DiscoverNAC.org.


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