DANVILLE, Ky. (May 25, 2019) – Many service members struggle with the transition back into civilian life after combat, and inclusion in collegiate sporting events is a great way for veterans to feel appreciated and honored for their sacrifice. Centre football is rallying behind our nation's heroes during their game against Birmingham Southern at Farris Stadium on Oct. 26.
In collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), the Colonels have invited local WWP injured service members Jarvis Brinson and Travis May to participate in the pregame coin toss.
Being included in game-day activities can provide life-changing experiences for veterans during their recovery and transition back to civilian life. For some attendees, these events may be their first time outside of the house since incurring their injuries or meeting others who've 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," said Michael Linnington, Chief Executive Officer at Wounded Warrior Project. "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.