My name is Ryan McKennedy and I am from Springfield Illinois. I joined the National Guard in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. I have been going to Southern Illinois University since 2010 and am currently working on my Masters in Social Work. I have been involved with Team RWB since April of this year. I am currently the Chapter Captain for Team RWB Carbondale. I saw a need for this organization at SIU because many Veterans are going to school here and have expressed concern about gaining weight and wanting to get back into shape. There are many college students here that have no idea what the military is about and this is a good place to integrate these two populations. Jackson County yields one of the highest amount of Veterans returning from service in Southern Illinois and there is a VA about a half hour away. There is also a National Guard unit in Carbondale and Marion. We are approaching nearly 100 members and I cannot wait to keep this going. I am Fired Up and trying to unite a community!