JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) invited injured veterans to a beginners' dining etiquette course with other warriors and guests.
"I'm a transitioning veteran who is searching for a career, and part of my career search involves networking," said Navy veteran Anna Douglas. "During my networking, there are times where I'm asked to lunch with potential employers. I wanted to learn proper dining protocol for those opportunities. They made the course fun, and it had great lessons behind it."
The class for veterans and their families covered the basics of proper etiquette in social, dining, and business settings. A delicious dinner afterward gave the class participants a chance to practice what they had learned while getting to know one another.
"I am not good in social situations, so I thought attending this would help me overcome my fear of interactions," said Army veteran Thaddeus Edwards. "It was my first Wounded Warrior Project class, and I enjoyed learning about dinner setup, how to greet someone, and holding a conversation."
"I learned some of the history of how etiquette rules came to be," said Marine Corps veteran Leardy Wilson Jr., "and my wife and I enjoyed interacting with other guests at our table."
Socializing with other veterans at gatherings like this can help injured warriors cope with stress and emotional concerns. In a WWP survey (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/survey) of the injured warriors it serves, 51.6 percent said they talk with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues.
"With Wounded Warrior Project, I'll always have someone in my corner – someone who can identify with what I'm feeling inside, and the challenges that I am facing, or have faced," Anna said. "It feels good to know, that on some level, no matter how hard things are, someone else understands my struggle."
"I experience a sense of brotherhood at these events, similar to what I had in the Corps," Leardy said. "I like getting to know other wounded warriors who I can get along with and look forward to spending time with."
WWP has been connecting, serving, and empowering wounded warriors for 15 years. To learn more, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project