Wounded Veterans Experience Smackdown

Injured Service Members and Their Families Enjoy Night of Professional Wrestling

Jul 17, 2015, 15:17 ET from Wounded Warrior Project

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Figure-four leglocks, bodyslams, and sleeper holds -- all part of a night of family fun for wounded veterans and their families this week in Birmingham, Alabama.

Through outreach, education, and ongoing communication, the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Alumni Program introduces injured veterans, family members, and caregivers to multiple opportunities for bonding with other veterans in similar situations through a variety of activities provided at no charge. The Alumni Program is one of WWP's 20 free programs that takes a holistic approach to helping wounded veterans by connecting them so they can heal by sharing similar experiences.

WWP took 40 guests to the WWE Smackdown taping Tuesday night. Alumni watched the likes of Big Show and Roman Reigns face off as part of a tag-team match.

Brandan Belser brought his wife and three children to enjoy the show. "Nice setup, huge televisions, LED lights, fireworks, more than I expected," Belser said. "We had a good time, my wife loved it."

Ice Murry brought her family as well. She says the organization of WWP helped make the event a great night. "It was an excellent show. It was great to see the Big Show and see how big he is in real life," Murry said.

The taping aired as part of Thursday Night Smackdown on the SyFy network.

If you or someone you know may be eligible to for the Alumni Program, visit woundedwarriorproject.org or contact the WWP Resource Center at 888.WWP.ALUM (888.997.2586).

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.  


SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project