While Plainfielders will be celebrating veterans and returning heroes at the annual Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 7, there is also an opportunity to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Advances in medical treatment of those injured on the battlefield has meant that more wounded military personnel are surviving to return to civilian life -- but with more serious injuries and rehabilitation needs.
The Wounded Warrior Project got its start among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and friends, as stated on the organization's website --
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.Central Jerseyans will have a unique opportunity to show their support for these wounded veterans by participating in a Softball Tournament Fundraiser on behalf of the organization.
The tournament will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday, July 4 (with the championship game at 3 PM), at La Grande Park in Fanwood (La Grande is the extension of East 7th Street).
There is an entry fee of $150 per team (organizers can also pair up individuals or small groups to make a team).
The event is family-friendly and there will be food available for purchase throughout the day.
To play or volunteer, contact Maj. Thomas Roughneen at (908) 246-9963 or email him at email@example.com.
You can learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting their website (here) or their Facebook page (here). The nonprofit has an admirable three-star rating by Charity Navigator for organizational transparency and percentage of funds devoted to direct programs (see here).
-- Dan Damon [follow]
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