ATLANTA (September 4, 2015) - On Wednesday, Sept. 2, a group of wounded veterans visited Georgia Aquarium with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to participate in a Journey with Gentle Giants swim. The program allowed eight injured veterans to swim in the Aquarium’s 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit alongside whale sharks, manta rays, and hundreds of other fish. WWP made the trip possible through the nonprofit organization’s Alumni program.
“Working with veteran groups such as Wounded Warrior Project is such an honor and privilege. It is our opportunity to serve those who serve us” said Susan Oglesby, CTRS, manager of dive immersion programs at Georgia Aquarium, “They are able to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming with whale sharks that can be truly life-changing.”
WWP takes a comprehensive approach to serving injured veterans, caregivers and families. Getting a service member engaged in their community or with other veterans can help with the healing process and the transition to civilian life. WWP offers 20 free programs and services to Alumni, family members and caregivers. Injured veterans are considered Alumni who have earned their place in the organization through their military service.
Prior to participating in the Journey with Gentle Giants swim program, the veterans and their families toured the Georgia Aquarium’s galleries. Following the program the wounded service men and women were able to view a video of their experience.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals in North America. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
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.