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Written by Stee Nardizzi   
Thursday, 07 November 2013 09:59
Thanks to their incredible courage and fighting spirits, Mike Delancey and Brent “Hoss” Hendrix are alive today. These injured warriors faced many challenges after returning home from duty — and they are succeeding in their recoveries with the help of their loved ones, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), and you. Your kind support of WWP truly makes a difference in the lives of these heroes.

Both Mike and Brent join me in thanking you for your support of WWP programs, which help wounded service members recover and move beyond their “Alive Days,” the day a warrior suffers near-fatal injuries on the battlefield.

Mike Delancey’s Alive Day: September 1, 2006
Mike was serving with fellow Marines in Haditha, Iraq, when he was shot by an enemy sniper. The bullet shattered vertebrae in Mike’s spine, instantly paralyzing him. Since that terrible day, Mike has participated in WWP Soldier Ride® rehabilitative cycling events and has experienced the unique camaraderie of fellow injured warriors through WWP Alumni events. “WWP has helped me when the stress of recovery was at its greatest," he says. "You can share what you did [with other injured warriors], and you both understand each other. Whenever you need someone to talk to, they’re there.”

Brent “Hoss” Hendrix’s Alive Day: June 27, 2006
Hoss, as he prefers to be called, cheated death on his Alive Day and on two other occasions when his heart stopped during surgeries to repair damage from a roadside bomb that detonated under his truck in Iraq’s Anbar province. The blast shattered his left ankle, broke his jaw in two places, and ultimately led to an above-the-knee amputation on his right leg. This doesn't stop Hoss. In addition to riding an adaptive hand cycle in a Soldier Ride event, Hoss enrolled in the WWP TRACK™ program — the first education center in America designed specifically for wounded veterans — so he could get a jump-start on his goal of pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Mike and Brent are just two of the thousands of injured warriors you have helped through your support. As Veterans Day approaches, we must stand by our wounded veterans and never forget their service to our nation or the sacrifices they made to keep us free.

Your support is urgently needed! More injured U.S. service members are coming home every day. On behalf of countless heroes, thank you for your dedication to the important work WWP does — and for making a generous gift of $50, $75, $100, or more today.

Honoring America’s heroes every day,

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