JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a big day for James Williams. The army vet did three tours in Iraq, ruptured some discs in his back but bounced back a champion with a diploma.
"It's benefited me in ways that I just don't have the words right now. I'm real excited," he said.
Williams is one of 10 veterans graduating from the Wounded Warrior Project Track program. The goal is to get injured heroes back in the classroom and in the workforce holistically. In addition to schoolwork, the vets focus on mind, body and spirit.
"They work out three times a week and they have a nutrition class once a week. In addition to that, they do peak performance training," Track Manager Chris Rick said.
In order to graduate, the vets must take two semesters at FSCJ, and complete an externship. Williams chose to do his at JSO since he wants to go into law enforcement. He says he's a new man and is approaching the future with optimism.
"I had no direction in life but here I feel like I can do anything now. My confidence is back," he said with a smile.