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Wounded Warrior Recovery Project

The Wounded Warrior Recovery Project (WWRP) is a 15-year, population-based study examining the long-term patient-reported outcomes among U.S. service members injured during deployment. Participants are active duty and veteran Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Reserve, and National Guard personnel.

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Over 52,000 service members have been injured during post-9/11 overseas contingency operations deployments, placing them at increased risk for poorer physical and mental health outcomes. The complex relationships between physical injury, mental health symptoms, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among this population are not well understood.

To address these knowledge gaps and ultimately improve clinical outcomes, NHRC has developed the WWRP, a longitudinal research track focused on the long-term patient reported outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms and HRQoL, and their impact on health and readiness among deployment-injured service members.


Study findings from the WWRP provide a crucial understanding of the long-term patient-reported outcomes of this population. These outcomes are being shared with scientific and clinical communities to inform military and veteran health policy and clinical practice guidelines.


  • Maintain a cutting-edge online dataset of the patient-reported outcomes of military personnel injured during deployment
  • Assess longitudinal relationships between injury, peritrauma factors, physical and mental health, and HRQOL
  • Measure and examine other factors that may impact overall well-being such as social support and chronic pain
  • Translate, through further research and clinical collaborations, the WWRP research findings to actionable optimization of clinical care















  • Provide a crucial understanding of the long-term physical and mental health outcomes of this population.
  • Inform efforts to return service members to their pre-injury HRQoL, minimize time spent recovering from injury, maximize return to duty, and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Evaluate current treatment and rehabilitation interventions to identify those resulting in improved long-term patient-reported outcomes.