Family members and spouses of our nation’s military members are a vital part in supporting the needs of their loved ones who dedicate their lives to the mission of serving the nation.
Tiffany Rush Green is one of those military spouses who has dedicated her life during and after her husband’s military career.
Green is married to United States Marine Corps veteran Yancey Green. When the husband and wife team transitioned honorably from military service in August 2008, they both experienced some challenges during the transition process.
Green and her husband became alumni members of the Wounded Warrior Project; a nonprofit organization that sponsors military service members who have sustained a service connected disability from the result of serving in a combat operational environment after September 11, 2001.
As a dedicated wife, Tiffany Green is an aspiring actress, gained a wealth of knowledgeable experience in radio talent communications, promotional modeling, consumer relations, public speaking, and discovered a passion for cooking.
It was that moment where Green learned the essentials of cooking and balancing flavors. Green’s husband, who transitioned out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008, discovered not only did the four day culinary camp help him discover a world outside of military uniform; Yancey Green was able to find ways to live a balanced lifestyle.
Tiffany Green says, “Learning about the essentials of cooking with my husband allowed me to attempt to cook almost everything. Secondly, I learned how to utilize the recipes as a guideline and then I learned to master the ability to be more creative. It is important to individualize a recipe so that we make them our own; that’s what makes every cook or chef unique in their own way.”
Phoenix Healthy Food Examiner, Tiffani Maynor, met Tiffany Green at a cooking seminar sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project in July. Classes were held at Sur La Table at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale Ariz.
Maynor and Green became partners during the seminar and learned the basics of cooking everything. Mastering flavors with a selection of robust seasonings, oils, and utilizing the right temperature settings for certain meat proteins were some of the techniques introduced during the workshop.
During the September 29 July review, Green was asked what advice would she give to encourage spouses of military veterans about getting involved with their veteran’s transition process after military life.
Green suggests, military spouses should become more involved with their family member's transition process after the military and volunteer within their community.
Green says, “The biggest gift I got from being a part of the culinary boot camp in California, was doing something fun with my warrior spouse and creating fun dishes together. The Wounded Warrior Project has made a difference in both me and my husband’s life. Now all we have to do as a team is retain the balance within our relationship by supporting each other’s needs."
In November, Tiffany Green will meet up with the Phoenix Healthy Food Examiner to create some simple holiday side dishes on a budget.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project visit woundedwarriorproject.org.