JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As an 11-year Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, Yvette Francis was certainly familiar with Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP). In fact, she had crossed paths with the organization more than once.
"I was first told about Wounded Warrior Project back in 2009 when I returned home from Iraq the second time," she said. "I remember getting a pretty shirt, but I figured the organization was probably just something for people who are still in the military. I didn't take it seriously." When her out-processing was completed, Yvette left Fort Rucker - where she served in an aviation unit - and headed to Savannah, Georgia. There she reconnected with a friend who is a fellow service member. While catching up, he suggested a group he felt could help her transition to civilian life. "He said I should go ahead and finish registering with Wounded Warrior Project - that there was a lot their staff could do to help me out," Yvette said. "I told him 'sure, not a problem,' but again, I didn't think much about it." Yvette relocated to Jacksonville in 2014. In September of that year, she decided to explore her post-military career options at a local job fair. Striking up a conversation with a representative from CSX ® Transportation, she noticed a pin on his shirt in the shape of one soldier carrying another - the unmistakable logo of WWP. "I asked him if he was part of Wounded Warrior Project," Yvette recalled. "He said he was and explained how it helped him. I told him about my time in the service - how I had deployed and gotten injured. He told me I should really take the initiative and reach out to the veterans service organization."