Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is behind the NWWC? Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) is a 501(c)3 non-profit with 11 years of experience in Mammoth Lakes, California. DSES provides adaptive sports instruction to people of any age and any disability. We currently host numerous nationally recognized events for Wounded Warriors each year. The positive impact of these programs, as seen through countless success stories, is the motivation and inspiration behind the National Wounded Warrior Center.
2. Is the NWWC affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project? DSES has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project in past programs and hopes to do so in the future; however we are not currently affiliated with them. Wounded Warriors is a generic term meaning all wounded, ill or injured servicemen or women. Unlike many organizations, the program at the NWWC is an all-inclusive program that accommodates active duty and veteran Wounded Warriors …any age, from any branch of service, with any illness or injury, combat-related or not. Caretakers and family members are also eligible to stay at the NWWC.
3. What makes the NWWC unique? The NWWC is unlike any other facility out there because of the educational component. The proposed facility, located adjacent to the fully accessible Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes, makes it easy for Wounded Warriors to obtain degrees, certificates and internships in order to learn marketable skills and hit the job market. NWWC is also located in a fabulous year-round destination at the base of California’s premiere ski resort, Mammoth Mountain! DSES has a glowing reputation of changing lives through recreational therapy by building self-confidence, independence and will now open doors to career opportunities for Wounded Warriors. Mammoth is a unique location for the National Wounded Warrior Center not only because of its proximity to the college but also because of the surrounding healing mountains and the best ‘playground’ ever!
4. What’s the projected timeline for the NWWC? It is our goal to break ground on the NWWC in the spring of 2017, but this is contingent on funding! We have secured the land, the Town of Mammoth Lakes has approved the zoning and an architect has drawn up the conceptual design of the facility. Our shovels are ready! Sooner is better as the need is NOW because more US soldiers have died by taking their own lives than on the battlefield!
5. How will the money be used? The $17.9 million will cover design, permits and building the facility. The building is 27,500 square feet plus another 27,500 square feet of underground parking. We are projecting going as green as possible with ground-source heating and photovoltaic electricity to minimize operating costs. The budget also includes a 20-year “allowance” to cover all expenses including staff salaries and maintenance costs. This will allow us to put our energy into the Wounded Warriors rather than on-going fundraising!
6. How will my donation be protected until the building begins? All donations to the NWWC are held in a designated, secure savings account. We will work with our financial advisors to maximize your investment.
7. How many people will it house? The facility has 32 bedrooms that can accommodate families, couples, care-providers and individuals! People will stay anywhere from one night to two years….with the majority spending two to three months. We will recruit continuously to have a waiting list from which to pull. We project up to 200 Wounded Warriors will rotate through the facility each year!