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Jaguars Help Wounded Warrior Project

Players Assemble Care Packages For Service Members Overseas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Wounded Warrior Project sends about 2,000 care packages to injured warriors overseas every month.

It takes a lot of manpower to assemble that many care packages, and on Tuesday, the nonprofit organization got some help from some Jaguars players.

The care packages, which are headed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Germany, and are filled with the comforts home. And while the wounded service members who receive them may never know they were assembled by professional athletes, it's the thought that counts.

"Showing our appreciation for them enriching our lives and giving us our liberties and freedoms in this country," Jaguars receiver Kasim Osgood said.

Osgood and several other Jaguars -- Brock Bolen, Deji Karim, William Middleton, Zach Miller and C.J. Mosley -- spent part of their day assembling about 100 care packages at the Wounded Warrior Project headquarters in Jacksonville. Middleton, a cornerback for the hometown team, said his commitment to helping the service members hits close to home.

"I recently had a younger brother who just graduated from the United States Naval Academy, and he's now stationed in San Diego, so his military commitment is important to our family and the commitment that all soldiers have both here and overseas is something I have the utmost respect for," Middleton said.

The Wounded Warrior Project helps wounded service members transition into civilian life. Andrew Coughland is the outreach coordinator and knows what it's like to be a wounded warrior.

"When I first came back from Iraq, it was a struggle re-adjusting," Coughland said.

He said the organization helped him overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and start a career.

"Last season, I had the opportunity to do an externship with the Jaguars through the Wounded Warriors program," Coughland said.

His connection to the Jaguars is the reason the players showed up to help.

"Having the Jaguars come here on one of their days off and giving a couple hours of their time, I appreciate it and I know that the warriors who are still downrange appreciate it," Coughland said.