Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daniel Hutchison Helps Returning Veterans

Name: Daniel Hutchison

What is your job? Director of Ohio Combat Veterans

What social causes are most important to you? Helping our returning veterans transition to civilian life after they have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I founded Ohio Combat Veterans because I see so many of our returning men and women struggle with their transition home after combat. I know it is difficult as I served in Iraq in 2006 and coming home is such a difficult period.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? A very personal tie. I struggled with PTSD when I first returned from combat and I know that it is hell. That is why I am so passionate to help my brothers and sisters.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? I would encourage readers to thank a veteran that has served in combat. This is regardless of what war they served in. A big mind-battle for a lot of veterans when they get back is whether or not the people they fought for appreciate what they have done. A handshake and a “Thank You” means the world to us.

How would you define social responsibility? To be able to give back to society without looking for anything in return. I feel that if more people were to get involved they would not only see how they can benefit those who they are helping, but the incredible reward that comes with helping others.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?   I got this tattoo after basic training and at the time I got it because I liked the way it looks. I am now proud of it because it reminds me of one of the greatest things I have ever accomplished in my lifetime, and that is serving my country. 

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