About

OUR MISSION

The National Wounded Warrior Center empowers wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, rehabilitation, health, and wellness.

OUR HISTORY

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a nationally acclaimed year-round adaptive sports program for people with disabilities of all ages. Based in Mammoth Lakes, California, DSES is a 501(c)3 non-profit with over ten years of experience. Check out our DSES 10 Year Report as PDF. We facilitate change in participants’ lives that will enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle beyond participation in the DSES program. DSES is a Paralympic Sports Club, chapter member of Disabled Sports USA and has been hosting a minimum of two annual Wounded Warrior events since 2007. It’s time to do more!

We often hear that the transition from military to civilian life is the most difficult part of being in the military. Rebuilding personal relationships, readjusting to a non-survival based existence, and adjusting to life with their newly altered bodies are the most common issues talked about by our Wounded Warriors and their families. The National Wounded Warrior Center is a place for our heroes to learn, heal, and thrive!

OUR MOTIVATION

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Wounded Warrior Jorge Salazar and two Marines from the Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California

  • 52,000 US Servicemembers have been Wounded in Action in Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. (Congressional Research Service)
  • 153,000 US Servicemembers have been diagnosed with PTSD since 2000 according to the Surgeon General but Wounded Warrior Project research shows that more than 600,000 live with the invisible wounds of war.
  • 288,000 US Servicemembers, worldwide, have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) since 2000.
  • According to the DOD, suicide rates in the military have been steadily rising and there were 350 in 2012 alone.
  • Studies show the job rate of Wounded Warriors to be only 30-40% according to National Organization on Disability at the Disabled American Veterans.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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Suzanne Baracchini – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Susan & Bill Baribault – La Cañada, CA

Lisa Barker – Santa Fe, NM

Sarah & Matt Bettencourt – San Diego, CA

Christina Blecksmith McGovern – Long Beach, CA

James Bogle – San Pedro, CA

Trenton Bonner – La Jolla, CA

Colonel Willard Buhl – San Clemente, CA

James L.”Skip” Burke – Indian Wells, CA

Liz & Bob Burke – Delmar, CA

Jeffery Buss – Bishop, CA

Mike Chiesl – Carlsbad, CA

Sue and Bill Cockroft – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Steve Colwell  – Carlsbad, CA

Jack Copeland – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Scott Corridan – Kings Beach, CA

Al Davis – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Andrea & Brett Darrington – Topanga, CA

Kathy & Gary Elliott – Driftwood, TX

Angela Evans – Denver, CO

Frank Frievalt – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Trace Gallagher – Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Gillespie – Divide, CO

Rusty Gregory – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Amy Heine – Deale, MD

Linda Hess – Swall Meadows, CA

John W. Hooper –Mammoth Lakes, CA

Mike Ishikawa – Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Fred Johnson – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Maj. Gen.”TS” Jones (ret.) – Boswell, PA

Barbara & Ken Kubarych – Del Mar, CA

Will Lachenauer – Reno, NV

Jaesung Lee – Camarillo, CA

Randee & Neal Levin -Mammoth Lakes, CA

Roger MacFarlane – Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Leslie & Jack Markovitz – Sunset Beach, CA

Marie T. McDonough – Westlake Village, CA

Susan E Mears – Newport Beach, CA

Linda & Risto Mitrovich – San Diego, CA

Jerry Mokler – Carlsbad, CA

Yuri Parisky – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Jennifer & Ken Roberts – Newbury Park, CA

Dan Ross – Malibu, CA

Hamid Sadraie – Westlake Village, CA

Jim Sanford – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Darren R Schield – Beverly Hills, CA

Robert Schotz – Avila Beach, CA

Hilary Schroeder – Palo Alto, CA

Chris & Chris Seidenglanz – Canyon Country, CA

Neil Sherman – Studio City, CA

John Snelson – San Diego, CA

Becky Takayesu – Santa Barbara, CA

Bob Waggoner – Bishop, CA

Eric Wasserman – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Marcia & Bob Weiland – Swall Meadows, CA

Cheryl & Rick Wood – Mammoth Lakes, CA

Alice and Richard Zamboni -Huntington Beach, CA