Guest Blogger: Mike Erwin, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Team Red, White & Blue, on Helping Veterans Reconnect to their Communities

Each year, many Americans bravely enlist in the Armed Forces to protect our country. However, the return to civilian life afterward can be both difficult and stressful. Team Red, White & Blue aims to help veterans reconnect to their communities in a positive way. We’re excited to welcome Mike Erwin, Founder and Chairman of the Board, as a guest blogger to discuss the achievements of Team Red, White & Blue and also how our fans can support them at several upcoming Charmed by Charity events.

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Somewhere in America, a veteran is coming home after years of service. They are taking off their uniform, placing it in a duffel bag and starting over. They are settling in and returning to life, but if they are like the majority of America’s Veterans, they are not likely returning home to the same place they grew up in. The military does an exceptional job at turning citizen to soldier, but who is responsible for turning soldiers back to citizens? That very veteran, somewhere in America, joins the already 2.5 million who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001, and another 1 million who will separate from service within the next five years. Fortunately, for these men and women, while they leave their uniform behind, they carry on with their team at home: Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB).

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Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. We employ a straightforward but effective model to achieve our vision. Physical fitness and sports are proven ways to bring people together and set the conditions to build meaningful relationships. At Team RWB, we provide veterans with renewed camaraderie, a sense of purpose, and shared accomplishment. In addition to being an excellent way to connect on a social level, physical activity is proven to be therapeutic and healthy for both the body and mind. In communities across America, Team RWB sets a foundation for successful veteran reintegration by breaking down the civilian-military divide and encouraging veterans to take control of their health and wellness. These chapters enrich veteran’s lives everyday and facilitate over 2,500 quality veteran interactions each week.

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Our military personnel and veterans embark upon amazing journeys everyday. Together with Alex and Ani, Team RWB would like to invite you to join the movement and embark upon an amazing journey with us. Please come out to one of nine amazing Alex and Ani Charmed by Charity events on October 13th in Newport, Boston, SoHo, Rochester, Westfield, Cherry Creek, San Francisco or Georgetown. Get to know one of the millions of veterans who have sacrificed for our country and join the national movement to enrich their lives with love and (+) energy!

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Team Red, White & Blue Tax ID #21-2796347, has headquarters in Chicago, IL. To learn more about Team Red, White & Blue, please visit www.TeamRWB.org.

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This post was written by Brendon Cunha