Local organization helps military vets transition back into civilian life

Veterans Voices

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – It’s self-integration project dedicated to helping those transitioning out of the military back into the civilian life. One goal is to help these warriors avoid feeling isolated from the community.

The issue were facing as a nation is an alarming statistic; Roughly every 65 minutes a United States veteran or active-duty service member commits suicide.  Palmetto Warrior Connection is advocating to change that.

“When you’re out of the military and you take off that uniform… Your mission does not stop,” said Jermaine Husser.

As a veteran himself Husser says he has first-hand experience with the challenges of transitioning to a civilian lifestyle.

“We get sold a bill of goods when we’re in the military that when we transition out, there’s gonna be an $80,000 job waiting on us and the red carpet treatment will be handed to us and that’s not really true,” he said.

By offering boot camps, programs, employment and job services, Palmetto Warrior Connection encourages veterans hit the ground running.

“You’ve gotta get out here and work and hustle and make a new ?? for yourself on the civilian side. Even if you’ve attained great leadership in the military, you have to now prove yourself in the civilian sector.”

With nearly 63,000 veterans in the community, this organization wants to relay an important message.

“We still have purpose. Even though we fought hard and gave everything while in the military, we have a purpose. We have significance in this life and we must live that out.”
 
For more information you can head to PalmettoWarriorConnection.org.
 

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