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Participants

Participants in the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP) are active duty or separated members of the U.S. military who have been injured during their service, and are dedicated to helping others overcome the effects of service-related injury. They come from all branches of the U.S. military: the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Reserve, and National Guard. All WWRP participants have one thing in common: they have been injured in service to their country and thus have a unique perspective on service-related injury and its consequences.

Participants are invited to participate based on their experience. Because the long-term effects of injury are not well understood, it is important to learn from the experiences of those that are going through the recovery process. The information that participants share is being used to better understand the consequences of injury on service members' long-term quality of life, health, and readiness, and to minimize the impact that injury has on the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

Participants answer questions about their current health and quality of life twice each year (once every 6 months). The surveys are usually completed online, but can be done over the phone or through the mail. Each survey takes only about 20-30 minutes to complete. The surveys contain questions concerning injury factors, as well as basic health and quality of life assessments. These responses provide powerful insight into the recovery process from different types of injury. 

Participants receive a $20 gift card for each survey that they complete; however, participants may find that the contribution of their experiences to improvements in the health and well-being of fellow service members is the real reward.