The Scripps have owned a second home in Mammoth Lakes since 2002 and were looking for more ways to give in the area ever since.
“Kathy and I feel strongly about supporting the communities which we benefit from. We enjoy the Mammoth area in the winter and summer time and we wanted to give something back,” Bill (William) said.“We were guided towards the new facility and so we took a closer look. It is something that we feel is a very worthy project. As far as our heroes go, this is a way to give back something for their sacrifice,” he continued.
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. The Center offers Wounded Warriors what they need to LEARN a new vocation, HEAL physical and psychological wounds and THRIVE in their new life!
“We see the new facility as a life-changing place for these service men and women. It will be a great way for them to rehabilitate and get out and enjoy the outdoors,” Bill explained.
“A lot of these soldiers are forgotten about. They’ve gone through a lot of trauma and unfortunately they are permanently disabled. And the country needs to give back to them and thank them for what they’ve done. This is a way to repay them for what they’ve gone through.”
The Center is the vision of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) Executive Director Kathy Copeland. DSES has been hosting Wounded Warriors for over eight years, seeing the positive and life-changing impact outdoor recreation and community support has had on our national heroes. Copeland knows it is time to do more and is on a mission to raise $23 million to build the facility with operating fund to sustain it years to come.
“I’m full of gratitude to Kathy and Bill Scripps for their generous support,” said Copeland. “Now, let’s keep ball rolling! We need more like-minded philanthropists to step forward and pitch in where the government is not. Our veterans deserve better than what they are getting. Help us help them learn, heal and thrive!”
The 27,500 square foot facility will be built on two acres of land adjacent to Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes, California. With 26 individual bedrooms, three family suites, conference and counseling rooms, a small gym, commercial kitchen and a great room, the proposed Center is 100 percent accessible, environmentally friendly, and boasts fantastic views of the healing Sherwin Mountain range.
Residents at the Center can enroll in courses, certificate and degree programs at Cerro Coso, while participating in outdoor recreation with DSES. Certified Staff will be available to promote mental health and well-being for the Wounded Warriors. Group and individual counseling will be available to build confidence and self-esteem.
And Mammoth organizations, businesses, and local governments have already offered their unwavering support and commitment to the NWWC program. Mammoth Lakes Hospital and S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy are behind rehabilitation our Wounded Warriors. Several local businesses and organizations have offered internships and future jobs to help residents at the NWWC transition into civilian life. The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area have also pledged their support.
“It’s a very worthwhile program,” Bill said. “To hear the story of the Wounded Warriors and veterans who have been impacted through DSES is very heartwarming. I think anyone considering donating should take this program very seriously. We have an obligation to give back to these young people.”
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