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Alex Rolinski: My service will always be with me..it’s a big part of my life obviously.
Lacy Dodd Miske: Every time you get in that seat of the helicopter, you really think to yourself, this could be it. I don’t know if this is gonna be the last time or not. As much as I hated being away from my daughter, I was grateful that I was gonna be able to be a part of the mission.
Franklin Robinson: There’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like it. I don’t care what walk of life, skin color, um you know sexual preference…no matter what it is. We all came together and we were supporting each other. I’m never going to forget it, and that’s what I love about the Marines.
Alex Rolinski: It’s it’s almost like a separate chapter..so you picture like Alex as Army Alex and then Alex as Banker Alex. It’s two different people almost, because the experiences you go through but yet you carry some of that over into what you do in the civilian world.
Lacy Dodd Miske: When you get out of the military, it’s like you lose a part of your identity. You lose a part of who you were.
Franklin Robinson: You know, it’s kind of scary coming to uh civilian life not knowing what you’re gonna do.
Lewis Runnion: The leadership skills uh and experience that the military veterans bring to the organization are paramount to our success. They’ve learned risk assessment, they’ve learned influential leadership skills, they’ve learned communication in difficult circumstances.
Alex Rolinski: You run into challenges, like for instance if something breaks on a helicopter and we’re flying in the middle of nowhere..that’s a problem. But you adapt to that challenge. Similar in this environment, there’s constant challenges that we face. There’s no two days that are the same.
Lacy Dodd Miske: I was a Logistics Officer in the U.S. Army, and now I’m in Transportation Services where we manage armored carriers who bring the cash to the banking centers and the ATMs.
Lewis Runnion: Bank of America has over 26 military support and assistance groups. We use those as an employee network, we also use them to help in our transition and retention programs in the Bank to create that culture, if you will, to help the transition be much smoother back into the civilian world.
Franklin Robinson: Cuz when you go somewhere like overseas and you get deployed, you’re not sure if you’re going to come back or not. Once you get back, you know now to take advantage of every opportunity you have.
Lacy Dodd Miske: You learn that it’s the little things that you appreciate. You love a good home cooked meal, you love just snuggling with your child.
Franklin Robinson: I love my son. I keep him with me all the time. He doesn’t leave my side.
Alex Rolinski: Taking the kids bowling, those types of things..family activities that, you know things you don’t get to share over there.
Lewis Runnion: Today I’m proud to say that we’ve employed nearly 7,000 veterans, and we’ve made a commitment to hire an additional 10,000 veterans over the coming years.
Alex Rolinski: Bank of America has a great work life balance, so they’re very attentive to your home life and your family. Life is great, yea. I mean it wouldn’t have been possible, like I said, had I not gained what I had from the military and what Bank of America has been able to do for me. It’s just phenomenal. It’s all around a great story.
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Don Chandler: My name is Don Chandler. I served 22 years in the United States Army. I did three tours in Iraq. I wanted to follow in I guess family footsteps..from my grandparents, my uncles, my dad..all served in the military. So, I wanted to give back to my country.
Nancy Chandler: He has earned two purple hearts. He’s got a bronze star with valor, another bronze star.
Don Chandler: I’d do it again. I’d do it all again. I grew up with my father. He did not want me to go through the things that he had gone through when he came home from Vietnam. I had come home from Iraq and it was very overwhelming.
Nancy Chandler: We do have five children. We have 10 grandchildren. We were literally living payday to payday. There was just never that opportunity to be able to save for a down payment.
Casey Kinser: Our mission is to support our nation’s wounded heroes as their transitioning out of the military and into their new civilian life and that’s a difficult transition for many. We’re seeing a lot of veterans being separated from the military and they’ve got a lot of significant needs, especially housing, which is a focus of ours.
John Stein: Today what we’re gathered around is to give away a home to a military veteran and his wife and family. Its particularly poignant because this is the 1000th house that Bank of America has given back to the community. Welcome Sergeant First Class Don Chandler, his wife Gail, their kids and grandkids into a mortgage free home.
Don Chandler: Just walking through that front door and seeing her face light up, you know, there’s just no words, there’s no price tag you can put on that. She has been the foundation for me for many a years. She’s just as much a part of my career as I was. She’s the backbone of it.
Gail Chandler: Everything that they incorporated..it’s us..every little detail, it was just perfect. Lewis Runnion: To see the looks on the family’s face and to talk to them about how this home will change their lives is an amazing experience.
Casey Kinser: The relationship that Military Warriors Support Foundation has with Bank of America is incredible. We could not do this without their help.
Nancy Chandler: We would have never been able to afford it on our own. It allows people like us that second chance.
Don Chandler: It’s home. It’s a place we can see our grandkids grow up and create memories with them. I love it.
Let’s go home.
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Coming Back Exclusive Content Transcript Christopher Phelan
Sgt. Christopher Phelan (retired), U.S. Marines On fitting back into the workforce
Christopher: I was able to find an office job nine to five, uh, doing executive recruiting, head hunting and I, it wasn’t a good cultural fit and it was a little bit unfortunate. Just I couldn’t stand it really, stuck inside behind a desk and um, all the people there are very nice, very understanding and I tried to make friends but I just couldn’t develop that same bond. It was like speaking a different language.
On putting his military experience to work
Christopher: The skill set that I had developed in the military, drastically helped me out in the police force. And I was able to do kind of similar things. Going on patrol, interacting with people and trying to do the right thing whether you’re going to call it justice, law or following orders.
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JERRY MAJETICH: When the IED went off, it basically evaporated the rear half of my vehicle. Before they were able to evacuate me, I was shot three additional times in the right leg.
SHELBY HATCH: I did get hurt down range. An IDF went off a little ways from us and I just got the percussion from it but it threw me back on my back.
JAMES RIVERA: We got hit on August 22, 2004. Three of us were wounded, everything was quiet until then. And then every mission, we would engage in a firefight somewhere somehow. Rockets. Mortars. Everything.
AL GIORDANO: But there are young men and women out there every day in foreign lands, getting injured, getting wounded. Or maybe no physical wounds, but those invisible wounds of war.
JAMES RIVERA: I think my family and friends noticed it way before I did. I just started feeling really lonely, really depressed.
MONICA GUPTA: You know, even when I got back re-deployed from Iraq. It took me a good while to get back to normal.
JERRY MAJETICH: The Wounded Warrior Project helps people to understand and see the veterans for who they are. You know, and I think that’s very important.
JACK HAMMOND: Home Base is one of many organizations nationally that Welcome Back Veterans assists. Bank of America really takes a legitimate step forward and goes beyond just the verbal thank you, and then backs it up with the finances to support the programs that in turn support our veterans.
ROGER KNIGHT: Because it enables us to get out and speak to the community and break down the stigma of Post-Traumatic Stress.
REBECCA BRENDEL: Being able to offer the latest technologies and the most advanced treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
JON SULLIVAN: The Mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Our organization allows warriors to engage with one another and realize they are not alone. It allows them to have a better relationship with their families back home, it allows them to move into a new career. Our programs and services provide them with new skills and training. The money that Bank of America gives to Wounded Warrior Project is saving lives.
REBECCA BRENDEL: I think what’s really powerful is being able to see them make a transition into the next step in their lives. Whether it be going back to school, going into the workplace, or starting a family.
AL GIORDANO: I think the Bank of America Express Your Thanks campaign has had a tremendous impact on the morale of these young men and women who are over there fighting.
JEFF CATHEY: Whether they’re active duty or transitioning or veterans or retired or what, but we want to say thanks to them for all that they’re doing and all that they’ve done.
VO (person at event): This is an opportunity for the public to say thank you to the troops that are serving and for everyone that does that, Bank of America will generously donate one dollar.
VO (person at event): Come on over guys, help support our troops today. Let Bank of America donate one dollar on your behalf. All you have to do is take a picture.
ERIC MILLETTE: I see all these strangers who I’ve never met stopping to say thank you. It makes me feel humble and even more proud of what I’ve done.
AL GIORDANO: Over a million individuals have uploaded their personal thanks to reach out and say you’re remembered. You’re not forgotten.
SHELBY HATCH: It means the world to us because we know that there are people out there that actually care.
JAMES RIVERA: It means the world to us. Just a simple thank you is all that we want to hear.
JERRY MAJETICH: Wounded Warrior Project showed me that there’s hope.
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