“One of the biggest challenges veterans face is how to translate their military experience to the civilian world,” observes Stephen. “While field stripping a M240 machine gun in under a minute can be stated as ‘focused and hard working’ on a resume, it just doesn’t translate very well. Veterans are generally not prepared to return to the civilian world and many, having entered the military right out of high school or even college, have never known anything else. Often trying to find a ‘traditional’ job is difficult. We want veterans to know that starting their own business is an absolutely viable option and have begun focusing on that as a core pillar of our mission.”
Glenn adds, “In the military, you rarely go at it alone. As veterans, we feel we can make the biggest impact in helping real world heroes, our men and women in uniform, by reinforcing what we are already taught on active duty: exercise self sufficiency, with a powerful support network to have your back when you need it. We are confident that with a little direction and help, veterans returning from combat can reintegrate amazingly well into civilian life and, through their success, inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
If you would like to find out more about Stephen Machuga and the journey that inspired the amazing Operation Supply Drop charity, there is a brief but excellent documentary available on Polygon (http://www.polygon.com/2013/12/16/5179074/launching-operation-supply-drop). If you would like to partner with, support or otherwise get in touch with Operation Supply Drop, you can find out more at http://www.operationsupplydrop.org.