Who is the
Wounded Warrior?

Our team took an in-depth look at how Wounded Warriors live when they return from war, interviewing and observing 10 civilians and 20 soldiers with varying types of injuries, meeting with their loved ones, and getting feedback from nearly two dozen accessibility experts. We found that when Wounded Warriors return home and begin the long journey of rehabilitation and adjustment to their new “normal,” most service men and women find it difficult to adapt to their surroundings, having to employ workarounds and make costly changes to their homes to meet their altered physical and mental health needs.

In listening to everyone’s stories and challenges, we also discovered there is no one Wounded Warrior; no one collective or common experience. Instead, we found that there exists a series of dualities; a yin and yang contrast that defines the complex needs of Wounded Warriors and their respective families. These dualities – such as “social privacy,” “mobile roots,” and “visible and invisible security” – inspired the design of the Wounded Warrior Home Project at Fort Belvoir.

To get a glimpse of what Wounded Warriors face on a daily basis…