Children of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) veterans welcomed their favorite Disney® princesses during a meet-and-greet connection event. While the little ones mingled with the princesses, wounded warriors and family members bonded with fellow military families.
Kids dressed in their best finery for a tea party at the historic Water Street Inn, where Snow White, Cinderella, and other princesses joined them. Coloring, dancing, and sing-alongs did not leave anyone too tired to explore the famous Stillwater Ice Castles. Families marveled at frozen formations made of more than 10,000 glittering icicles.
“Our daughter was over the moon going to a princess party and seeing the awesome ice castles,” said Jamie Pryde, whose husband is an Army veteran. “And I was happy to be part of something that lets Wounded Warrior Project families spend time together.”
Connection events support the recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them and their families to the bonds experienced during military service. Forming relationships with those who have shared experiences minimizes isolation and creates a support structure during the healing process.
“Wounded Warrior Project has helped our family build a support system that is made of other veterans who understand what we are going through,” Jamie said. “My husband wasn’t sure about joining at first because he didn’t think it was something for him, but we are so glad he did. We’ve had amazing experiences with the organization.”
WWP staff advised warriors and family members of additional services to support their recoveries. WWP offers a variety of programs and services that assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to take part in outreach activities and benefit from program resources at no cost to them.
To learn and see more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/, and click on multimedia.