Air date: November 6, 2014
Every day the men and women of our armed forces risk their lives for our country. And it takes its toll. David: I threw a hand grenade. The hand grenade exploded five feet in front of me and you hear bombs going on here bombs going off there. You know it is a constant fear of what’s going to happen what’s going on. Yet the biggest challenge is often when the soldiers return home. David Williams and Pernell Banks of Goodwill’s Operation Good Jobs help vets transition first by recognizing that it isn’t always easy. Pernell: Let’s not get a happy amnesia about what just happened. There is a toll even where the conflict “ends.” Mitch: Right David: We understand that you may be having difficulties with adjustment but you are not alone. David is retired Army and Pernell is the son of a Vietnam Vet. Both men are case workers, mentors and friends with every veteran that walks in the door. Griffin Conrad: I was very fortunate to um meet Mr. Williams. A lot of people just trying to re-enter into society should actually check with Goodwill. I can’t ask for a better place to be. Mitch: What is the most rewarding part of this particular type of work? Pernell: The commitment that you have to mirror that they have given us. Mitch: Working with people who have already shown their commitment to the country makes you that much more committed to them. Pernell: And that, Yes. We’re making this a safe haven for veterans. Attacking the challenges. David, Pernell and Operation Good Jobs help veterans transition to life in civilian clothing here in the heart of Detroit.