The 2012 Frisky Give Guide: The Wounded Warrior Project

This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we’ll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they’re important to us, and how you can support them too, if you’re so inclined. 

Who they are: The Wounded Warrior Project

What they do: The Wounded Warrior Project provides physical and mental support and rehabilitation to service men and women returning from active duty.

Why I support them: The men and women who protect and defend the United States sacrifice themselves every day, and we owe it to them to make sure that they’re taken care of when they return from active duty. Often, this means caring for physical injuries. But even more harrowing are the wounds we can’t see — post traumatic stress disorders and complications from head wounds and brain injuries. It’s estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with ongoing psychological trauma from being in combat, including stress, depression and other complications. And another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.The Wounded Warrior Project offers service members and their families the help and care that they might not otherwise seek or receive.

I think it’s critical that we care and protect the people that care and protect us. They give of themselves for us, and we need to ensure that they get the proper medical and psychological care they need. I also believe that dealing with the psychological component of trauma is often woefully under-served and recognize, and I want to support programs that acknowledge the importance of mental health care.

How you can support them too: Make a donation to support the program, host a fundraising event, or volunteer.

Stay tuned for more ways to spread the good cheer, and if you have a nonprofit organization you feel strongly about, please feel free to tell us about it in the comments!