ABOUT THE EVENT

The Wounded Warrior Experience features inspiring stories of sacrifice and recovery from wounded veterans and service members. Hosted by Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent of Fox News Channel, the program touches on issues faced by wounded warriors, the resources available to them, and their successes in moving forward in their lives.

The program, now in its eighth year, highlights the importance of aiding America's heroes during their transition from military to civilian life. To attend this free event, e-mail or call 703-302-1012 ext. 227. View photos from the event here. 

HOSTED BY JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX NEWS

Jennifer_GriffinJennifer Griffin serves as National Security Correspondent for Fox News and is based out of the Washington D.C. bureau. She joined Fox in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. A graduate of Harvard University in 1992, Griffin received a B.A. in comparative politics. She is also the co-author of the book, “This Burning Land: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” which she wrote with her husband Greg Myre regarding their experience in Israel.  

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2016 Wounded Warrior Experience Panelists

Jaspen Boothe

United States Army

United States Army Veteran, Cancer survivor, and author with 15 years of service. Major Boothe continues to serve the nation as the founder of Final Salute Inc., which provides housing for homeless female veterans, and helps establish futures plans towards independence.

Lee Brown

United States Army

Department of Florida Commander for Military Order of the Purple Heart. A veteran of the United States Army, wounded in the 1986 Libyan-sponsored bombing of the Berlin discotheque frequented by U.S. soldiers.

Earl Granville

United States Army

Deployed to Iraq in 2007, he had served alongside his twin brother, Joseph in both basic training and overseas deployments. That year, he was wounded by a roadside bomb, and lost his left leg. Following the injury, Joseph was prevented from deploying himself, leading to a downward spiral which ended with him taking his own life. Today, Earl speaks to his own wounds, as well as the unseen wounds of service members to help prevent future suicides.

Mary Herrera

United States Army

The automatic weapon gunner for the lead vehicle of her platoon near Fallujah, Iraq, when her convoy was ambushed and she was struck by enemy fire. She continued to return fire until she was hit by a second round, forcing her from the battle.

Rob Jones

United States Marine Corps

Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, wounded by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Losing both legs, he went on to win a bronze medal in rowing in the 2012 Paralympics, then biked cross country in 2013. Currently planning a month-long marathon challenge of 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 different cities to raise awareness and funds for wounded veterans.

Spencer Milo

United States Army

Wounded while serving in Iraq in 2008 and given a small chance at survival, he recovered and returned to active duty in 2010. That year, he deployed to Afghanistan, where he was again wounded by a suicide bomber in early 2011. During that action, he saved a fellow wounded comrade, dragging him to safety while fighting off the enemy attackers.

William Reynolds

United States Army

Reynolds was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and eventually served two deployments - one in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He was near fatally wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during combat operations in Southwest Baghdad. He eventually lost his left leg above the knee to a limb salvage failure. Reynolds currently serves on the boards of Disabled Sports USA, US Military Endurance Sports, and the Positivity Project.

Michael Schlitz

United States Army

Wounded by an IED while serving in Iraq in 2007, SFC Schlitz lost both hands and his eyesight in one eye, suffering burns to 85% of his body. The only man in his vehicle to survive, he spent six months in ICU. The recipient of a “Smart Home” funded by The Gary Sinise Foundation, he would dedicate himself to living a life worthy of the crew he lost.

Jeremiah Workman

United States Marine Corps

Recipient of the Navy Cross for valor in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Author of Shadow of the Sword, chronicling his story in Iraq and overcoming PTS.

Jerry Yellin

United States Army Air Corps

Jerry Yellin enlisted in the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday, graduating as a fighter pilot in 1943. He spent the majority of World War II flying P-40s, P-47s, and P-51s in combat with the 78th Fighter Squadron in the Pacific. Today, he works to share his story with veterans and help them combat PTS.