Like many veterans, I had a hard time connecting with people when I left the service. I just left one of the greatest teams in the world, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and all of the bonds, camaraderie and relationships that came with it. On the surface, it looked like a successful transition as I went through MIT business school and found a well paying job on Wall Street, but underneath, I was missing my team.
So I joined a new team: Team Red, White & Blue. At first, I joined Team RWB to support my classmates who were starting the fledgling Veteran Service Organization (VSO). But looking back over my first 18 months of transition, it was exactly what I needed. First of all, it was exactly what I needed to make a healthy transition as it provided the social support to stay fit and to wake up early on Saturday mornings to run 5Ks in Icahn Stadium, rather than pull all-nighters in the city that never sleeps. But more importantly, Team RWB gave me connection and produced a relationship that would change the arc of my life.