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After being in combat readjusting to civilian life can be tough but that's where the mission continues steps in.
This group helps returning service members use their skills and leadership to serve our country back here at home -- here now to discuss this.
Helicopter pilot and Colleen Ryan a navy veteran thanks to both of you for being there and you -- against Helena -- -- do you you served in the navy for ten years -- two tours of duty in Iraq Afghanistan and -- -- -- when someone like you -- service never comes home.
Like his grand here back and hold it must be great but.
But it isn't hard transition for service men and women to come home why is it's so tough.
-- -- -- -- These days there's less than 1% of us joining the military and when we separate.
We're really separated from one another so if we make a conscious effort to stay together I think that's most important so assistants -- how does the mission continues help people like Colin.
So the mission continues is a national service organization that helps post 9/11 veterans like Colleen.
Transition from the military to service and leadership programs here at home so we believe.
That Colleen and her generation.
Our generation of veterans that has unique skills and experiences.
And a desire to continue serving when they come back home.
So we asked them to continue serving in their communities together.
Focusing and some of their communities most pressing problems and organizations like habitat for humanity or the Boys and Girls Club -- the YMCA.
So calling what have you been doing since you've been working with the mission continues and you've been back -- I conducted research at old dominion university in Norfolk Virginia and veteran -- and community development.
Is that as exciting as being on a navy -- inside of Iraq and Afghanistan it -- -- it's different but at this.
I -- what sorts of things are you doing that are gratifying now.
Well right now especially with the mission continues serving alongside other veterans is is really really gratifying especially making a difference here at home where were most needed them.
-- because -- still with your comrades -- is that the point it to make people feel as though they're not as isolated as so many servicemen and women can.
Absolutely -- so this weekend for instance we brought in 73 veterans from 26 different states all across the country.
And they had an opportunity in a three day program to focus.
On a pressing problem here in Brooklyn together 73 veterans stacking arms together at the league school in Brooklyn.
Yesterday we did by -- revitalization -- project for a school that serves.
Children and families -- emotional and developmental disabilities so we.
-- built an outdoor eating area we -- landscape we -- needed to revitalize this entire school at a and in the neighborhood in Brooklyn.
What agree project we're into the find more information.
Mission continues dot org got a good -- tweet that out.
-- can't stand and Colleen Ryan thanks so much for sharing your service that is you don't hear us.
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