What’s better than a free meal? One enjoyed with family and fellow veterans at an event hosted by Tijuana Flats. Recently, the Tex-Mex restaurant chain supported Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) by donating an evening of fun and food to warriors served by WWP. Gatherings like this don’t just allow wounded veterans to enjoy delicious food – they’re also a chance to connect them with other local warriors who share their life experiences.
Like many warriors served by WWP, Army veteran Rachel Heinz has found a renewed sense of purpose. Beyond the benefits of developing support structures and enjoying camaraderie with fellow veterans, she’s also found a chance to do something for other wounded warriors.
“At first I started just finding out about Wounded Warrior Project’s benefits services,” Rachel said. “But I learned as you get more involved with Wounded Warrior Project, you find there’s so much more to do. I know veterans don’t like to ask for help, and they're more likely to reach out to one another for their needs. I look forward to sharing what I know with other wounded veterans in my area. Being part of Wounded Warrior Project is just another way that I feel I’m giving back to my country.”
Rachel’s journey with WWP began after she saw a commercial for the veterans charity on TV. However, she didn’t think she would be able to register with the organization because of how she was injured.
“I didn’t know I qualified,” Rachel said. “I served in Okinawa, but didn’t get injured until I came back to the U.S. I did some more research and found out that any service member who served after 9/11 qualified for help if they were injured in their service. That was a big moment for me because it was something I was able to share with other veterans like me who were wondering what help was available to them.”
At the dinner connection event, warriors shared stories – and a delicious meal.
“I’m a single mom, so I try to do lots of family events,” Rachel said. “At first, the plan was just to enjoy an evening with some other warriors and Wounded Warrior Project staff, but then the Tijuana Flats team told us they wanted to donate the food for the event – we ate so much! They also gave us lots of food to take home when it was over.”
“We are always happy to support our brave military members and the organizations that empower them,” said Randy Steil, executive director of the Tijuana Flats Just in Queso Foundation. “This just a small thing we can do to give back to wounded veterans for the sacrifices they made for us!”
To learn more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org. To find photos from this event, click on multimedia, then images.
Contact: Mattison Brooks – Public Relations