PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Nearly 50 combat veterans and wounded warriors from around the state came together at Pascagoula's Beach Park for a meet and greet picnic on Saturday.
The goal was to help our military veterans get to know one another, share stories, and build comradery.
The social gathering included boiled shrimp, grilled burgers, and free massages from students at Blue Cliff College.
Organizers say it was all about de-stressing the men and women of our armed forces who have been deployed in war zones over-seas.
"It's more therapeutic for all of us a lot of us have issues that are the same but we deal with it in different ways this helps us to talk to one another," said co-organizer Richard Parker.
Donna Anderson, the founder of Combat Wounded Veterans, added, "What we try to encourage is not only to help our veterans with emergency needs or needs related to their benefits and entitlements but also to empower them also to get involved and to do things a a wounded warrior to help other wounded warriors."
The Soldiers Angels and Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi will team up again in September to give vets and their families a social gathering on Ship Island.