On May 31, 2012, famed sportscaster Bob Costas will return to host the Wounded Warrior Project's (WWP) seventh annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner™ presented by GEICO at Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
WWP’s Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner is the charity’s pinnacle event, in which Wounded Warriors and their families and caregivers are honored. Also recognized are those who help raise awareness for the men and women who are wounded in service. Past honorees include Bill O'Reilly, Trace Adkins and Bob Kingsley.
Other celebrities to offer their support to the WWP include WWP Honorary Committee members Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Buffett, Ed Burns, Johnny Damon, James Gandolfini, Matthew Modine, Gary Sinise, Tony Sirico and Harris Yulin.
To date, over 45,000 members of The United States’ armed forces have been physically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Studies estimate that more than 300,000 will suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The funds raised on May 31 will help support thousands of warriors from the battlefield to bedside, and beyond.
The public’s involvement can help provide much-needed support for mental health programs such as WWP’s Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP), which responds to the mental health needs of warriors at various stages of the re-adjustment process. Donations raised will also fund WWP adaptive sports, benefits counseling, education and employment services, and many other programs.
The 2011 benefit dinner raised over $1 million and was a sold out event.