VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia—More than 550 wounded warriors and their families headed to Virginia Beach last weekend to enjoy surf, sand and sun as part of the USO’s inaugural Warrior Week.
“The city of Virginia Beach approached me and asked if the USO could expand the programs and services that we’re doing for the wounded, ill and injured here in Virginia Beach,” USO Regional Vice President, US, Jeff Hill said. “We did the research … and found out that outdoor activities [were] one of the most favorite things that our wounded, ill and injured like to do.”
With the help of the USO and local adaptive outdoor recreational organizations, participants enjoyed activities like kayaking, surfing, waterskiing and deep-sea fishing. Wounded warriors and their families were also invited to attend free outdoor concerts and shows by local performers and the USO Show Troupe.
“We wanted outdoor recreational activities that could include the families,” Hill said.
At the end of each day’s activities, Warrior Week participants were invited to attend the Patriot Festival to enjoy food and free performances by top recording artists including The Band Perry, Jake Owen, and Little Big Town.
“I can tell you, rest assured, the vast majority [of the wounded warriors] had an absolute blast this week,” Hill said.