This HDA program trains volunteer veterans in communication skills and community resources to help peers to bridge the gaps between military service and civilian life.
Coming home should be the easiest part of military service, but for many, the transition is a challenge. The Illinois Warrior to Warrior program was founded in partnership with the Illinois National Guard to bridge the gaps for returning service members.
W2W actively recruits veteran volunteers and engages military resources to help both active and non-active service members make the transition. Volunteers are trained in communication skills and community resources. With the common purpose to Leave No Soldier Behind, these team members connect veterans and their families to resources and community organizations that they may not be familiar with while helping them through whatever problem might be standing in their way. In 2017, this initiative was taken on by the Illinois National Guard.
Major funding for W2W came from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.