From the battlefield to the class room to the range: Mr. Spirit’s Story

Mr. Spirit completed his tour of duty in February 2015 from the USMC. Upon returning to Ohio, he was referred to OhioMeansJobs for assistance. Due to being a transitioning service member and his age (22) he was assigned to IS. During our time together, Mr. Spirit was referred to veteran supportive services such as the VSC, and Vet Center in Canton. Since he was considering a career in Law Enforcement we discussed starting Police Academy in the fall of 2015. During the summer, Mr. Spirit volunteered as a mentor with the Stark County Honor Court where he met the owner of a local security company in North Canton. The owner was offering courses at no cost to the veterans that our participating in our program as a give back project to the community. Since this training would be aiding Mr. Spirit in his career he started taking the courses over summer. During that time, he was offered a FT position as a firearms instructor with the security company. Mr. Spirit considered it a blessing that he was able to continue and pass on what he had learned in the USMC. By volunteering his time to help other veterans in his community, Mr. Spirit admitted that he found support, help, and comradely among veterans that he was assisting. This is a very good example of how veterans continue to work together and help each other long after their tour is complete.

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