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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Building the Community: Meaningful Relationships and Support

Across the country Team Red, White and Blue helps close the gap between veterans and civilians.Connections and relationships are formed by its 100,000 members every day. The Twin Cities chapter is just one of the organization’s chapters. Learn how veterans and civilians utilize the organized events as a way to make connections and stay healthy.Across the country Team Red, White and Blue helps close the gap between veterans and civilians. Connections and relationships are formed by its 100,000 members every day. The Twin Cities chapter is just one of the organization’s chapters. Learn how veterans and civilians utilize the organized events as a way to make connections and stay healthy.

A team of runners from Minnesota traveled to Louisiana to help carry one flag from coast to coast. Emily shares her thoughts and words as she participated in the Old Glory Relay.

Over the course of the past year, we’ve shared Emily’s experiences with Team Red, White &Blue. In this final installment see how she has grown during her time in a volunteer leadership role.

A team of runners from Minnesota traveled to Louisiana to help carry one flag from coast to coast. Emily shares her thoughts and words as she participated in the Old Glory Relay.

A team of runners from Minnesota traveled to Louisiana to help carry one flag from coast to coast. Emily shares her thoughts and words as she participated in the Old Glory Relay.

Dru, a member of Team Red, White & Blue, from Minneapolis explains how he draws parallels between being a part of the Old Glory Relay and being an Army veteran working his way back into the civilian population.

Dru, a member of Team Red, White & Blue, from Minneapolis explains how he draws parallels between being a part of the Old Glory Relay and being an Army veteran working his way back into the civilian population.

When Dru, an Army veteran, arrived in Minneapolis he did not know many people. He felt isolated. We’ve followed his journey with Team Red, White & Blue for the past year. Learn how he’s grown and become a volunteer leader.

When Dru, an Army veteran, arrived in Minneapolis he did not know many people. He felt isolated. We’ve followed his journey with Team Red, White & Blue for the past year. Learn how he’s grown and become a volunteer leader.

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Erin has never served in the military. Living with years of abuse and learning that she was not the only victim lead her down a path of isolation, fear, and worry. She does not let this define who she is. Her story takes a turn for the better after she meets a group of caring individuals from Team Red, White & Blue. She is now a more balanced person; she is passionate and caring. She possesses a drive to improve the lives of others and does this through her involvement with Team RWB.

In a day and age where fewer than one percent of citizens are active members of the military, it is increasingly easy for veterans and civilians to feel like they are not a part of the same community. Team Red, White & Blue is an organization set in place to enhance the lives of veterans. They do this by creating physical and social activities both veterans and civilians can participate in to feel better connected with one another.

Just because a soldier, airmen, sailor, or marine takes off their uniform, it doesn’t mean their service to the community ends. The Mission Continues is a non-profit organization helping veterans connect with the community by offering the opportunity to complete service projects. Along with Team Rubicon, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Team Red, White & Blue the Mission Continues pitched in to help the St. Paul City School as a part of the April 2016 Run As One day of service.

Roland Peckham fell on hard times. After being diagnosed with a debilitating disease, he was medically retired from the Army. The retirement sent him on a downward spiral. Shortly after getting married and becoming a step-father to a great family of kids he found Team Red, White & Blue. Being active in Team RWB has helped him refocus and reengage with a community of civilians and veterans. He’s rediscovered his mission.

Veterans are leaders within our community. Team Red, White & Blue utilizes veterans’ abilities to create an organization lead by passionate volunteers. Together with their civilian counterparts, the veterans create events for their local members to participate in, and in doing so can reengage their sense of leadership.

Brian Waldo owns a gym in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Weekly for the past couple of years he has opened his doors to Team Red, White & Blue. Here he helps Team RWB members stay active and, more importantly, become engaged members of a caring community.