Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 5, 2013

Warriors to Work supports wounded veterans


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CROSSVILLE — BPW of Cumberland County was privileged to welcome Tiffany Daugherty, Warriors to Work Specialist with the Wounded Warriors Project, as their speaker on November 21, in observance of Veterans Day. One of BPW’s focus areas both nationally and statewide is supporting women veterans through its Mentoring Plus program. In addition, BPW assists families of the military in their day to day challenges dealing military life.

As an army veteran, Daugherty has first-hand knowledge of the issues related to our veterans of the current conflicts.

The mission of the Wounded Warriors Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Over 48,000 members of our nation’s armed forces have been physically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Studies estimate more than 400,000 live with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The program began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from the current conflicts, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. The WWP provides assistance to veterans in their journey to a fulfilling and rewarding life through programs divided into four main categories: Engagement, Mind, Body and Economic Empowerment.

Daugherty’s role as the Warriors to Work Specialist in Tennessee and Kentucky enables veterans to get education and job skills training that will assist them to reach their goals. As a career coach, she provides guidance and training to the veterans as well as working with employers in providing access to qualified employees.

WWP receives no government funding, and all its services are free to the veterans who qualify by having incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001. They depend completely on donations. If you would like more information about any of the programs you check out their website at woundedwarriorproject.org.