Chattanooga events honor Wounded Warriors

photo John Boerstler, a manager with the Wounded Warrior Project, speaks to students Thursday at GPS.

Separate events here Thursday both honored wounded warriors and advocated public support of them.

At the Girls Preparatory School, Wounded Warrior Project manager John Boerstler spoke to students about his experiences in combat and his post-military work helping wounded service members adjust after leaving the armed forces.

"That is why the Wounded Warrior Project exists, to fill in the gaps that the government can't provide," Boerstler told a group of 17 students Thursday afternoon.

Boerstler was invited to speak at the school by GPS teacher and Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Cook.

May Chandler Gwin, a 15-year-old sophomore, said learning more of what the project offers for returning veterans was encouraging.