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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.
Rejoining the workforce is always a challenge. In this bonus clip, Chris explains his journey.1359940|enter782|2014_460Rejoining the workforce is always a challenge. In this bonus clip, Chris explains his journey._self1359940|enter782|2014_859||1359940|enter782|2014_581||1359940|enter782|2014_00||/assets/images/Military/People-Thumbs-1.jpgChris Phelan
Coming Back Exclusive Content Transcript (Brian) Taylor Urrela
Sgt. Brian Taylor (retired), U.S. Army
On what recreational softball offers Taylor: It's not about … it's about how it makes me feel. It makes me feel like I'm me again. It makes me feel like I have two legs, it makes me feel like nothing ever happened, you know. Out there on the field I'm better than a lot of the guys you know I'm … in softball, you know obviously not baseball but you know I'm uh, I'm a good player and uh, for people to see that you know, they have these expectations of me. One way you know, they see the leg and then they see me out there and every game it's people are like, “What the hell man. Like that's awesome,” and that's … it uh, it helps me. It helps me get through you know, everything. It helps me feel normal again and, and I mean it definitely does more good for me than it does bad. I can deal with the pain.
On sports as healing Taylor: It's just really, it's really important to have an active, engaging, activity for veterans to do once they're home because I think a lot of guys you know they, they resort to sulking on the couch and thinking about the old days and wondering where their life should be and where it could have been and stuff like that. And you know we … it's happened time and time again, we have these guys that that you know, haven't left their room, haven't left their couch and, and now they're playing softball every week. You know, and it's start small, you know, they come out once and build from there.
Brian explains where he’s found the strength to heal in this exclusive video.1359940|enter782|2014_460Brian explains where he’s found the strength to heal in this exclusive video._self1359940|enter782|2014_859||1359940|enter782|2014_581||1359940|enter782|2014_00||/assets/images/Military/People-Thumbs-3.jpg(Brian) Taylor Urrela
Coming Back Exclusive Content Transcript Letrice Titus
Staff Sgt. Letrice Titus, U.S. Army Reserves
On how to say thank you
Letrice: For me, a simple “thank you for your service.” sums up everything. You don’t know if that veteran was deployed. You don’t know if that veteran lost battle buddies while deployed. You don’t know if that veteran is suffering from a mental health issue. You don’t know what that veteran is going through, but you, being a civilian, recognizing a veteran and taking time to say “thank you for your service” that means a lot. Means a lot. It really does.
On doing even more
Letrice: Any veteran organizations, the wounded warrior project, you know…you could donate to that. Any initiative in the community that’s you know geared to supporting veterans. You know, that’s another way that you could reach out and you know to say “thank you for your service”. The end result is still “thank you”.
What’s the best way to thank a veteran? Latrice gives her perspective in this exclusive clip.1359940|enter782|2014_460What’s the best way to thank a veteran? Latrice gives her perspective in this exclusive clip._self1359940|enter782|2014_859||1359940|enter782|2014_581||1359940|enter782|2014_00||/assets/images/Military/People-Thumbs-2.jpg Letrice Titus
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