CPL John M. Laursen, U.S. Army (Ret.) and USA Warriors Ice Hockey An OIF/OEF veteran, CPL Laursen talks of the loss he felt when forced to retire due to his injuries and the role the Warriors have played in getting him back on track. The sense of camaraderie the team provides to its members has allowed each of them to feel like they have found their new military family.
CPL James E. Moore, U.S. Marine Corps (1989 - 1993) In his story, CPL Moore, a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Eastern Exit, talks about the pride he has in being a veteran and the similar camaraderie he has found as a New York City firefighter. In addition CPL Moore provides a strong message of support to other veterans and active-duty soldiers.
CPL Charles Reeder, U.S. Marine Corps (2006-2010) In his story, CPL Reeder highlights the support his wife and others provided him and urges veterans to remember the strength they gained during their service when faced with challenges during the transition process.
SGT James E. Barnett, U.S. Army (Ret.) SGT Barnett tells the story of his search for a new beginning after leaving the military. His story is a perfect example of EOV's mission to give veterans the opportunity to control their own narrative by telling the stories of who they are as individuals and as a community.
Empower Our Vets (EOV) asks veterans to tell their stories about who they are as individuals and as a community. The mission of Empower Our Vets is to focus on the pride veterans have of their time in uniform, the successes they have found in life after military service and the tools they have used to overcome challenges they have faced after leaving the military. Our goal is to let all veterans know that they are not alone, and to offer civilians a view of veterans that often goes unreported.