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SUPER: Semisi “T” Tokailagi
U.S. Army, Retired
SEMISI: My name is Semisi Tokailagi. I served in Afghanistan. I received the Purple Heart. I remember waking up in the hospital and realizing how hard life’s gonna be.
SUPER: Sally Farrell
Military Warriors Support Foundation
SALLY: One of the things with transitioning is having a safe haven. A safe haven is a home.
SUPER: Jeff Barker
Bank of America
JEFF: We’re here giving a home to one of our heroes, a military veteran who was injured in Afghanistan.
NEIGHBOR: Welcome to the neighborhood.
SEMISI: We got the news and first thing I did was I didn’t want to pinch myself so I pinched her.
SUPER: Miriama Tokailagi
MIRIAMA: Who gives away a home in New York to someone they’ve never met?
SUPER: Joe Girardi
Manager, New York Yankees
JOE: On behalf of the New York Yankees, we want to welcome you to the Bronx.
NEIGHBOR: We’re like a family over here. We’re proud to have you here in our neighborhood.
SEMISI: Thank you.
JOE: The Bronx is my second home and I know it’s going to support these wonderful people.
SEMISI: I’m just excited and I’m ready to move on with life.
MIRIAMA: This is home.
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SUPER: JARREL WASHINGTON, STUDENT LEADER 2013
Jarrel Washington: For every one of us that is successful we have to remember it was someone there to show us the way out.
SUPER: DEBORAH SMILEY, STUDENT LEADER 2013
Deborah Smiley: That’s why I deal solely with people that have been homeless, because I was homeless
SUPER: KATRINA WOOLLGAR, STUDENT LEADER 2013
Katrina Woollgar: It’s my passion. I want to be the change
SUPER: ANDREW PLEPLER, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CONSUMER POLICY EXECUTIVE, BANK OF AMERICA
Andrew Plepler: Bank of America started the student leader program in 2004.
SUPER: KERRY SULLIVAN, PRESIDENT, BANK OF AMERICA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Kerry Sullivan: We bring from around the country roughly 220 students to D.C. where they look at their own leadership, they learn about the intersection of government with business and the non-profit sector and how they have to work together to solve problems
Andrew Plepler: We’ve been really pleased in nine years of the program how students who spend eight weeks in the summer working at a non-profit they will leave with the exposure to understand what a future of service might look like.
SUPER: BARBARA BUSH, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, GLOBAL HEALTH CORPS
Barbara Bush: People can figure out how they can serve based on what they are most interested in, whether it be policy or whether it be community based.
SUPER: ANTWANT GALLION, STUDENT LEADER 2013
Antwan Gallion: I want to be a role and guide someone instead of just work and get a paycheck and meeting the students I’ve built a great network with people that I know for a fact are going to make a difference
SUPER: HANNAH RULL, STUDENT LEADER , 2013
Hannah Rull: One connection can lead to another connection. And it’s just amazing that, you know, you’re making this connection when you’re seventeen or eighteen years old
SUPER: GAVIN PAK, STUDENT LEADER 2013
Gavin Pak: It’s an instant connection based simply upon the people that you’re trying to help and the people that you’re trying to build up
Antwan Gallion: I went to D.C. thinkin', like, these are the things that I-I want to do. I left with the mentality that these are the things that I'm going to do, these are the things that I have to do.
SUPER: NATHANIEL COLE, STUDENT LEADER 2005
Nathaniel Cole: I’m sitting in anticipation to see what these young people are going to do.
Andrew Plepler: It’s really about building the next generation of leaders. And in many cases they might be the next generation of our employees, and so investing in them is both I think a great thing I think it says a lot about the company but I think it’s also good business
Barbara Bush: If you don’t invest in leadership then you’ re not going to make a difference I’ve just realized how unjust the world can be, but that it doesn’t have to be like that
Nathaniel Cole: Constantly ask yourself: am I really about impacting my community and at the end of the day what does it mean?
Jim Knotts: Over the next couple of years, we’re going to have 2 million new veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan enter the civilian workplace and need a job, need a place to live, need extra support to deal with the situation that they experienced during the war.
Ben Dellinger: The hardest part was getting out. You don’t lose your friends, but like it’s basically all those people get taken away from you all at once. It felt like my life was over at times. Everything I thought I was was totally different. And in an instant.
Jeff Cathey: Bank of America has got a long and proud tradition of supporting the military. We’ve been there for over 90 years. We believe it’s our obligation to support the reintegration of veterans. Whether it’s critical needs, housing, jobs or whatever it takes to get the citizen soldier back into the civilian workforce.
Tim Maloney: Since 2009, Bank of America has donated over 5 million dollars to nonprofits that support members of the military.
Al Giordano: Probably what our biggest thing is with Bank of America is we like the perspective of employment—education, training and employment. When you have the quality employment and you are financially secure, then you can turn your attention to the rest of your community. And that’s what we want these warriors to be; we want them to be leaders in their community. But first, we have to establish them firmly.
Ronne Froman: When you join the military, you are programmed to be successful in the military. When you leave the military, nobody ever reprograms you to be successful in the real world. And that’s what we do. The military takes you from I to we, and we take you back from we to I.
Otto Delacruz: I’m still on that quest to find out exactly where I want to be. But that’s the fun part of this. I have this incredible knowledge that I obtained at this program. And the world is out there just waiting for me. The possibilities are endless.
Tammy LeValley: These guys face as lot of challenges when they come back from Iraq or Afghanistan. From just what they’ve seen while they were deployed, to coming back with an injury. Today we’re here with Ben and Katie. We have awarded them this mortgage free home, because of a wonderful partner like Bank of America.
Jim Knotts: The families that are going to be told today that they’ve been chosen to receive homes donated by Bank of America. And what more can you say? We’re going to change their lives. They are finally going to have the stable foundation that they need.
Dan Nevins: Most people want to do something to give back. They want to say thanks but they don’t know how.
Tim Maloney: For every note, for every picture, for every water bottle, we’re recognizing members of our military, our veterans and their families.
Dan Nevins: To see these people stand up and recognize and to see Bank of America lead from the front, it brings tears to my eyes and a chill down my spine to know that you know what we did overseas is for a reason.
Jim Knotts: At the end of the day, we just can’t do what we do for these deserving families without the support of companies like Bank of America, and just the donations made by everyday Americans who care.
Jeff Cathey: It’s important for companies to do more than just write a check. I know these servicemembers, I know what their challenges are, I know what their needs are when they come back. We’re going to hire them, we’re going to put them in houses, we‘ve got some consumer initiatives, we’ve got nonprofits that we can leverage. They’re in it for the long haul, and we’re in it for the long haul. We’ll be there with them.