While serving, military members learn discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills. They train for important missions to defend our country. They fulfill their duty by obeying orders. They develop a tight-knit camaraderie. They thrive in an environment where rules are clear and their purpose is honorable.
Society often fails to understand the things that are important to veterans which makes it difficult for veterans to relate to people around them. Once they separate from the military, veterans often have a difficult time connecting with other veterans.
At Restore 22, veterans will build friendships while sharing stories with each other. The conversation starts with the simple question, “What branch were you?” followed by “Where did you serve?” and “What was your MOS/AFSC (job function)?” Before they know it, they’re bonding over similar experiences and difficulties and discovering shared interests.
Veterans also will have the opportunity to share their stories with civilians. Less than one half of one percent of Americans currently serve in the military, and of those, about 80 percent come from military families. The public’s view of today’s military and veterans is affected by various false perceptions. By bridging this gap, we can help veterans be more connected to the people around them.