GILROY, Calif. – The donors who support Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors come from all walks of life. Video game enthusiast and Twitch streamer Sean Brendle recently decided to use his passion to raise money for WWP during a 24-hour gaming marathon.
“At first I was just thinking about how I wanted to do something for Memorial Day,” Sean said. “And when I thought about other people on Twitch doing charity streams, I linked up with a veteran buddy of mine and said ‘hey, let’s do a 24-hour stream for Wounded Warrior Project; maybe we can raise some money for them over the weekend.’”
Sean is an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army, and some members of his unit have connected with WWP previously. Some of his friends have also personally been empowered through the programs and services WWP offers, so Sean saw it as a way to also say thanks for assisting the people in his life.
“Gaming isn’t just a great tool to relax and unwind – it’s a means to help people and enjoy what I’m doing at the same time,” Sean said. “It’s important to me to try and help people the best I can with what I’m good at doing. Streaming games for charity is so popular because we can reach a broad audience but still connect with people on a semi-personal level. Some of the people come into our channels on a daily basis, so you start to form friendships with them. That makes it easier to show them why this support for Wounded Warrior Project matters.”
WWP programs assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, long-term care for the most seriously wounded, and connecting warriors with one another and their communities. This is especially important, as isolation is one of the most significant struggles wounded warriors deal with after serving their country. It can be difficult knowing how to overcome that challenge and rekindle bonds similar to those formed in the military.
“We had a great stream, and I’m hoping to do another for Wounded Warrior Project when Destiny 2 comes out in September,” Sean said. “I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. There are groups like Stack-Up and other veteran streamers doing their best to make sure veterans have support and a place where they feel welcome. It’s a great feeling just to have someone to talk to who you can relate with. What better way to connect than over video games?”
To see how supporters like Sean are helping WWP serve warriors through life-saving programs and services at no cost to them, visit newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org.