Local Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Peer Support Group veterans teamed up with Operation Supply Drop to increase warrior support in McAllen by incorporating a popular pastime among veterans. Through this collaboration, warriors received video game care packages, which will virtually connect them on their paths to recovery. The packages included gaming consoles, controllers, and video games.
“Operation Supply Drop’s equipment donation is significant for veterans who don’t have much to do in their small towns,” said Issac Acosta, WWP Peer Support Group leader and U.S. Army veteran. “As more warriors come together, it will create a larger, stronger support network.”
Warrior-to-warrior peer support plays an important role in the healing process as it allows injured veterans to build relationships based on shared experiences. The Peer Support program is dedicated to ensuring every injured veteran, family member, and caregiver encourages one another in recovery, thus embodying the WWP logo of one warrior carrying another off the battlefield.
“Finding activities to fill downtime hours is common among all deployed veterans,” Issac said. “Gaming is a way to reinforce the camaraderie developed in platoons and increase morale. This familiarity with gaming continues when warriors reintegrate into society. Upon returning from deployments, playing video games allows warriors much-needed respite while engaged with one another.”
“It is our core belief that working with other veteran support organizations creates a positive impact for all veterans,” said Ray Whitaker, chief operating officer of Operation Supply Drop and retired Army veteran. “Meeting some of the Peer Support Groups makes our support of this program an easy one. Our entire gaming community helps us yearly so we can support those deployed and bring the power of video games to active-duty, veterans, and their families. It is our pleasure to help provide another tool to the Peer Support Group when helping rehabilitate our brothers and sisters.”
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at https://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.
About Operation Supply Drop
Operation Supply Drop is a nonprofit organization building lasting networks with the larger community to drive mutual support for today’s active duty military, their families and the veteran population. Through six defined programs, OSD builds and reinforces the veteran support ecosystem from Deployment through Transition and Community Integration with distinct significant impact each step of the way. To make an impact through Operation Supply Drop’s mission visit: https://www.OperationSupplyDrop.org