Wounded Warrior Project Partners with Harley-Davidson for Outreach

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Since April 2016, Dr. Erol Onel has served as vice president at Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California. In this position, he provides scientific leadership to the company’s pain franchise. Outside of work, Erol Onel contributes to the community through charitable causes like the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that serves veterans and service members who were injured on or after September 11, 2011.

Recently, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) partnered with the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson in Ohio to give veterans who have been wounded a way to connect with other warriors through motorcycle riding courses. The program provided the participants with a renewed sense of community, a way to challenge themselves, and an outlet that could help them cope with stress.

For two days, veterans learned about Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related equipment. Many received personalized training and were able to focus on their own specific requirements during the classes. Instructors also gave them endorsements, which allowed them to apply for motorcycle driving licenses, without taking the state exam.

The Wounded Warrior Project’s Economic Empowerment Program

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Wounded Warrior Project
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Dr. Erol Onel serves as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company based in La Jolla, California. Previously on the board of directors of the American Society of Andrology and currently a member of numerous medical societies, Dr. Erol Onel spends some of his time away from work supporting the Wounded Warrior Project.

A nonprofit foundation created to provide support and reintegration services for veterans who have incurred mental or physical injuries, the Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 by a wounded veteran and his family. The organization has since established a wide reach across the nation, creating numerous programs and services for veterans.

To assist veterans in their recovery and rehabilitation, the Wounded Warrior Project has developed programs for the economic empowerment of veterans. A program called Warriors to Work entails career counseling and a support system to make the transition into the civilian workforce easier. Counselors provide everything from job leads to mock interviews, networking opportunities, and more.