HOUSTON, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) brought female injured service members together this week for a free course to learn handgun essentials. The firearm self-defense class was offered through the WWP Alumni Program, which helps injured service members stay connected with one another. It is one of 20 free programs that help to empower injured veterans returning to civilian life.
WWP tailored the course to veterans dealing with invisible injuries: PTSD and other trauma. Learning the fundamentals of firearm safety -- loading and unloading a handgun, grip, stance, and site alignment -- offered nine female wounded veterans an opportunity to boost confidence and self-esteem while bonding with each other.
"The course was a great opportunity to meet other female warriors. My experience going to a gun safety course helped me to better understand how to hold and shoot the gun," said Severa Rodriguez, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. "I think the reason why it is important to have more females involved in a course like this is to reassure them that as a female warrior we are not limited to anything."
U.S. Army veteran AnaLisha Rosa said the opportunity to safeguard her family played an important role in her interest in the course. "The course was not only educational about the basics of how to properly use a firearm, but it was also empowering to be surrounded by female veterans who fight the same fight I do and who share a willingness to continue to protect ourselves and our families," said AnaLisha.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a WWP alumnus, contact the Resource Center at 888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586).
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project