Saturday Spotlight – Alissa Mumm

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Chapter: Midwest

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “She believed she could, so she did.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“My military family has always been something irreplaceable. It’s an understanding that no one else has between brothers and sisters in arms. I am a passionate person who always seems to become attached to a cause and after my military service, service to other veterans has ALWAYS been at the forefront for me. So I was forwarded a chapter calendar in 2016 and looked into the organization and it was everything I had been looking for, health and wellness with that military camaraderie I was yearning for.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“I am relatively new to the member thing and unfortunately, the closest chapter is over an hour away for me. I have competed at the North Face Endurance Challenge which Team RWB is partnered with, but this will be the first year I hope to really connect with other Eagles at this event. I am hoping to get something going where I live and begin to foster that family here as well as networking with other chapters.”

How do you serve your community?

“By hopefully becoming a chapter, I want to extend my volunteer and outreach with other Veterans. I also serve the youth of the community thorough substitute teaching and prior work with the youth soccer programs. I am also a member of the DAV and hope in the future to do so much more.”

What Inspires You?

“Perhaps this sounds a tad odd… but I am inspired by veterans on the wrong side of the Criminal Justice system. I believe there is a disparity to our veterans when it comes to the law and they are, unfortunately, batched in with other repeat offenders. My graduate school work and thesis really delved in to the topic of veterans, specifically combat veterans, and how their roles in combat affect their lives in the community. I have been driven in life to help veterans any way possible, especially since leaving the VA Hospital, and I hope to someday find that perfect role within the community where I can help and truly make a difference.”

How has Team RWB impacted your life?

“The potential and opportunity to start a chapter and foster a new family has really given me sort of a drive and a purpose to an otherwise mundane life. I see this as an opportunity for support on so many levels and it’s truly inspiring and exhilarating to have the potential. Veterans have not always had the best rap in the community and there are so many living within the community that people do not know who they are, I want to become that outreach, the drive, and hope for others who may have lost some of that.”

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“I would say to do it and do not hesitate. This is not just a group of veterans who are meeting because they have to, it is to share a love and foster something so much more than that. If you are missing that camaraderie that you had in the military, here is your chance to get it back and to lift others up as well.”

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