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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - They fight for our freedom across the world, but what happens when they come home?
"The suicide rates are unfortunately very high with active duty members and veterans and unfortunately they're only climbing. Our veterans need all the help they can get, transitioning from the battlefield to the office," said Bob Taylor of Brown-Forman.
robin "It is too different worlds, so when they become a civilian it could feel different even though you've learned such good qualities in the military," said Robin Nicholson, who works in IT Security at Brown-Forman.
It's a big adjustment and Brown-Forman's BRAVE program is working with veterans to set them up for success.
"Our mission overall is really to be enablers, ambassadors, and really heighten the awareness about the value that military members can bring to an organization," Taylor said.
Taylor made the transition from the Navy to a private corporation about 20 years ago. He admits he struggled for the first six months. "In the military, there's a lot of precision and you can't be late to meetings for example. In the private sector, it's more the norm to start meetings five minutes late," he said.
But it's also important to get out from behind the desk. Part of the program focuses on community outreach.
BRAVE members came together to help Active Heroes build a retreat to help veterans who suffer from PTSD.
"I'm proud to be a part of a company like Brown-Forman where we're able to go out there and make a difference and have a focused effort thats going to make a difference and hopefully start to ease those trigger points for suicide," Taylor said.
It's proof the military teaches you to always put your troops or sailors first. "To me the translation is in the private sector, i see my role as a leader to really be an enabler and remove the roadblocks for people on my teams," Taylor said."