It has been said that leaving the military and transitioning back to civilian life might just be the most difficult mission for any military leader to undertake. When military veterans return to civilian life, they’re often confronted with challenges that never occurred to them and that they were not prepared for. For many veterans, it can even feel like an identity crisis of sorts. This is not to mention the impact it has on their families, who also often find themselves starting over again, outside of the community of people who understand their unique set of experiences.
Veteran and executive coach, Jason Roncoroni, and psychologist and nationally recognized expert, Dr. Shauna Springer, have come together to create a workbook to help veterans work their way through this pivotal time of transition. Beyond the Military serves as a comprehensive, interactive resource to address the deeper psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of reintegrating into civilian life.
It does this through more than thirty exercises presented through the framework of the military decision-making process, so that veterans can confidently, comfortably, and successfully navigate this transition back into civilian life. With this guidance, veterans will be walked through the process of unleashing their full potential outside of the uniform.
Stepping Into a New Life
Nikki Van Noy: Jason and Shauna, usually I like to reserve our discussion about the book for a little bit into the interview, but I feel like the book you two have written is so unique in terms of coming from a different angle than most books in this genre. I would like you to start there and give listeners an idea of what sets your book apart from other books out there.
Jason Roncoroni: Well, thanks for that question, Nikki. What I would say is that the starting point for this book is my personal experience, as somebody who did transition and did it poorly. Not just once but twice. I left the army as a junior captain right around the turn of the century.
Then I went back into the army after 9/11 and recently retired. So, I had two chances to get this right and both times, I had the full support of the conventional transition resources available to me in terms of working on the job, trying to get my resume together, interview skills, going to career workshops, and both times I got it wrong.
That really provided the foundation framework that there’s more going on here than just finding another job. This is really about having confidence in stepping into your new life. The creation of this handbook has taken Shauna and me decades to get to where we’ve created this handbook of over 35 exercises. We compressed a six-month coaching program and relationship consulting into a deliverable of just $30. We created this to have the greatest impact on the most people as possible.
We did it with the intention or with the belief that servicemen and women, who are leaders, will still continue to do their jobs. They will not leave their jobs to tend to their transition because that’s just not who they are. So, we wanted to create a process where they can do both. They can do their jobs in the military and work through this identity crisis stuff to figure out the next steps beyond the military–to build their bridge between the two worlds and live in a way where they are that example that they want to be for themselves and their family
Shauna Springer: So, Jason sends me the manuscript and I read through it just as a kind of early reviewer and I say, “This is brilliant. This is different. This is the deeper reintegration that we are totally missing that is the most critical thing we need to focus on.” And so, our book takes a totally different approach.
What Jason and I know, based on decades of our experience, is that it’s not just a job to be in the military. It’s really a way of life that pulls from deeply held values that service members have. And service members are not like coworkers. They’re family. When they come out of the service, we need to be asking different question, you know, “How do we support a group of people who have just lost contact with the family they’ve been surrounded by and the culture that they understand and they feel part of? How do they navigate a different world and a different culture entirely?”
Nikki Van Noy: So, if I’m understanding then, the gap that you guys are approaching here is that so many resources and books out there right now are treating transitioning from the military into civilian life as though you’re leaving one job and entering another. Is that correct?
Jason Roncoroni: Yeah, I think that’s really a lot of the motivation which inspired us, to kind of sit down and put this down on paper, and to make this handbook a reality. There’s so much of that focus on the transition–focusing on that job. What we wanted to do is say that it’s not about a kind of a lateral transfer into another job. What we’re trying to do is have the service members take a look at the entirety of their lives, from even the time period before they joined the military, look at what inspired them to join the military and then frame the military experience as actually a stepping stone into something bigger.
Because really the deeper anthropological foundation that we draw from in this book, is that civilization has been transitioning warriors since the dawn of time. What they’ve always done is repurposed their warriors into veteran leaders for their society and for the good of the social order.
So, what we’re trying to do is challenge men and women to look at their military experience like that and then ask themselves, “How can I shape and improve and contribute to society in a more meaningful way beyond the military?”
Becoming a Team
Nikki Van Noy: Fascinating. Okay, I’m going to back us up for a little bit here and Shauna, ask you specifically, what is your background?
Shauna Springer: Right. So, I’m a psychologist and before I ever worked with the military and veteran population, I spent about a decade of my life really deep-diving into what makes relationships work. Part of that was following 200 newlywed couples over four years. We had them fight in the lab, we studied the things that were stressors in their lives. In 2008, I studied about 1,200 women who were trying to set up strong partnerships, which is a lot like the partnerships that warrior wives setup with their partners and vice versa. Sometimes, the woman is serving in the military and she has a spouse who is not.
These partnerships are partnerships of people that are both strong, and when one is focused on the mission, the other has to be a leader in the family. And so, trying to bring together two strong people and recalibrate those roles is really what I’m focused on beyond the military handbook.
I’m focused on all of that relationship transition, where transition rocks even very solid relationships. And then, people who are single, there are certain risk factors in terms of getting married and what I call the cocaine rush phase of a relationship and really having a lot of extra chaos in their lives as a result. In this book, I’m really focused on the relationship adjustment, whether you’re single, dating or married, that can help you thrive during and through the transition from the military.
Nikki Van Noy: Great. How did you guys come to know one another originally?
Jason Roncoroni: So, we actually linked up serendipitously at a retreat in California–a veteran’s retreat. I’m from North Carolina. Shauna’s from California and we started talking and throughout the time of this retreat for veterans, we realized that we saw this population in many of the same ways and our experiences were coming at it from a different perspective.
Shauna came from more of the practitioner perspective and me as the service member who lived a lot of these things, we really found the strong common ground. We’ve remained in contact with this desire to collaborate on projects as they came up, and as luck would have it, this ended up being the first thing that we decided to collaborate on.
We both share this passion and this belief that our veteran communities can be so much more in our society, both in terms of their health, but also in terms of how they lead and contribute to society when they’re done with their military service.
Nikki Van Noy: So, with that in mind, Jason, I want to weave back to your personal experience. You mentioned that as you transitioned out of the army, you did it ‘incorrectly’ two times. These elements that you guys are talking about, I’m particularly intrigued by the idea that in the military, coworkers are not just coworkers. They’re family, there’s a deep bond there and also, this sort of anthropological idea of placing former warriors in such a way that they can contribute to society.
Were those elements not present in your transition and if not, tell me what that looked like and how it felt for you?
Jason Roncoroni: So, my notoriety is my failure in transition. I really thought that I was just a soldier and everything about the soldier life that I had learned from the time that I went into the military, which was about two weeks after high school, I didn’t know how to be any other way. I didn’t really have an identity other than my military leader identity.
What happened was is that I showed up at a job and it was a well-paying job. I had all the mannerisms and nuances that I brought forward and the norms from my military life. I was miserable in the job and I ended up actually taking a second job working with at-risk young adults because I didn’t feel like my job had enough people connection.
The problem that I had was, I had no idea where to start looking to find the right kind of opportunity. I took a job in engineering because I had a degree in engineering. I had no idea how to look for something that really connected to me in a meaningful way. So, I just did what I thought I was qualified to do. That was the first time.
Then the second time, when I retired, I thought I was a little bit wiser. I had gone back to school, I got a degree in organizational psychology, I got an MBA, and I thought that this time, “I’m going to crush my transition.” I completely underestimated the impact that this was going to have on my family.
I started looking for jobs that were commensurate with what I thought my ability was and I just wasn’t finding anything that resonated over both transitions. I had eight jobs over a period of three years because I couldn’t find something that really connected to me–what I felt my values were, what my greater why was. Really, the gifts that I thought I could give to the world, I just didn’t find that kind of a job. I wanted to do more than simply be the person who went to work and came home.
I wanted to have a sense of meaning and it was lacking. When we stumbled on this identity crisis, that was at the core of what I was going through. I had no idea who I was when I wasn’t wearing the uniform. So, the challenge was, “Well, how do we figure that out?” That’s what Shauna and I tried to do in this book, was really make a connection to the reader and help guide them through a process so they can figure this out. So, that when they start looking for that job, they’re looking for something that better aligns with the person that they are.
The person that was great as a leader in the military can also be a great leader beyond the military.
Nikki Van Noy: So, let’s talk about some of the key things that you guys are having readers think through in this book, as they go through this transition.
Shauna Springer: So, one of the things to add to what Jason was just saying, we realized that transition is not a matter of one person going through a change. Transition fully impacts the entire family and when a family comes through transition from the military, they’re often moving away from a society, a culture that has sustained them and where they’ve been deeply plugged into people with similar values in a kind of interdependent way.
So, their family members are also probably going through a lot of parallel changes. Helping the family to lead themselves, and the couple to think about how they are going to stay together as a very strong team, and accelerate into the kinds of conversations they need to have to navigate this, is something that is also a unique part of what we’re writing about.
Nikki Van Noy: That’s so fascinating. Thinking about this as a civilian who hasn’t been through it, my only thought was how happy the family would be to be intact once again, which is making the assumption that the person coming home was not there. Which is a big leap there. But I hadn’t stopped to consider that you’re absolutely right, the entire family is moving away from community. That’s huge.
Jason Roncoroni: And really, to Shauna’s point on that, my entire marriage has been through the military and my kids, their entire lives have been through the military. You can imagine when the population at large is only about 6% military in the country, they’re really going from an environment where everybody has the same experiences to where they’re really a stranger in a strange land.
It’s very difficult for families as well, not just to servicemen, which only adds of course to the service member’s stress of going through transition.
Shauna Springer: Exactly.
Nikki Van Noy: I’m sure, okay, fascinating. Keep on going, what else might we not think about?
Jason Roncoroni: Well, when Shauna and I wrote this, we wanted to make sure that we were writing this with the intimacy that was necessary to address what the service member is feeling and their family is feeling when they’re going through this process, which is you know, quite frankly, is the fear. Fear is the big F word that doesn’t matter. The level of bravery that these men and women have when they’re leaning headstrong into combat is one thing. I think many of them would choose to do that again before they would think about actually leaving the military service, because everything within their psychology has informed around the military.
We have tried to make this, as a conversational tone, very personal to make a connection with them to help them build confidence through this process.
The other thing that we’ve done is we’ve broken this process down, using something that they’re familiar with, which is the military decision-making process. We’re introducing military transition and reintegration process, which is parallel to a decision-making protocol that they already are familiar with, applied to transition and reintegration.
We’re identifying six factors. We’re talking about optimizing wealth and wellness, socialization, cultural assimilation, economic stability, professional preparedness, and family adjustment.
We’ve taken this very scary process and we’re pushing it through a recognizable protocol, a system that they’re actually very familiar with, to help give them a new perspective and help really uncover some things about themselves and what they really want for their lives after the military.
So, that’s really a lot of what we’re trying to do here–to get after that identity crisis to what happens after they leave the service.
Shauna Springer: One of the big ‘aha moments’ for me in working with so many veterans in transition is that the kind of courage this takes is a different kind of courage than the courage required for physical battle. We’ve had a lot of really interesting work in recent years from Brene Brown, who has done some interesting pieces on why vulnerability is courage. I think that’s so valuable. At the same time, many of my patients wouldn’t be able to take action on that kind of insight, unless they understood why they keep their armor on.
What I found is that for veterans, a lot of times, this traces back to a kind of protective instinct, why they are having such difficulty sometimes being vulnerable. Part of it is also how communication is learned and deployed in the military. Military service members train and train until these communication skills are implicit. They’re all operating by the same playbook and they can just signal to each other using hand signals or the smallest, most subtle cues to know what to do next.
When you go through transition, it requires an enormous amount of both vulnerability and explicit communication. And so, sometimes helping people understand psychologically why they keep their armor on, how this impacts trust, how this impacts intimacy, and then what the process is for moving towards conflict when necessary and moving through difficult situations and conversations. It being one of many transitions that will happen is part of the perspective that we’ve taken.
Nikki Van Noy: Jason, I’m curious. Since you’re sort of our guinea pig here who has been through this, what was your experience with vulnerability?
Jason Roncoroni: I think my initial reaction was to just ignore it and deny it and just try to kind of toughen my way through it. When I lost my job, the first time, when the tech bubble burst, I was laid off from that high-paying job that I had and then I was really at a point where I had to figure out what it was that I was going to do with my life.
I was broke at the time and I didn’t really know where to start going to try and find the next thing that I was going to do. Then, 9/11 happened and I was really inspired to go back into the military. So, that kind of solved that piece there. But when it came to my own vulnerability, I didn’t really start to address it until I left the service the second time.
My wife came to me and she was very upset and depressed about where her life was. She had lost her network and the kids were being asked things at school that were kind of unsettling about my deployment time in Afghanistan. Things like, “Hey, was your dad involved with killing people?” They were questions that they weren’t normally going to be asked in the military culture. That is when it really told me that holding up this veneer or this shield, so to speak, wasn’t helping my family at all and I needed to get real about who I really wanted to be and have the courage to step into that.
It was really hard for me to do that, especially coming from being a battalion commander where your whole persona is built up by this entire military façade that you have in terms of your own image. When all of that falls away, you really come to grips with who you are now and what you see when you look in the mirror. That deeper why, your values, your intrinsic strengths, the things that you’re naturally good at that you’re going to do be naturally good at as a civilian, and as a leader out in society.
So, for me, it took a while for me to embrace that vulnerability and I think that’s why I had such a hard time. That is the whole reason why this book is written in the tone that it is because Shauna and I really appreciate where these military leaders are, these people who we really recognize as heroes in our society. That is why we say that transition or leaving is the hardest mission that military leaders will have to do because they have to really step into that vulnerability.
Nikki Van Noy: So, Shauna, since you, in particular, specialize in relationships, what sort of guidance do you have for people who might be struggling with this sort of immersion into a different community and that lack of intrinsic understanding? How can people begin to create that in an environment, whereas you guys said, 6% of people are in the military, so you are vastly in the minority–what are some ways around that?
Shauna Springer: Well, I think that sometimes there is a tendency to think that the best thing for veterans is just to associate with other veterans. Jason and I have talked about this a lot. We both agree that it is really important to stay connected with the tribe of those you served with because there is a level of comfort with people that you have served with and deployed with and known at a deep level of trust that is very important for people.
At the same time, we don’t favor the approach of only associating with other veterans because the reality is that this is a shrinking population and people are going to need to reintegrate into the bigger society. In order to navigate these difficult conversations and set boundaries and be open with each other in their marriages about where they’re struggling and how as a family, they want to move into the same space together. We get very practical about this in the book.
We talk about this through a number of exercises where people can actually set social challenges for themselves and think about breaking down the steps. One of the ones that is in my part of the relationship manual component was about joining a local sports team–helping coach for your kids because that can be a place where you can meet other parents and other couples and get reintegrated into families in your neighborhood.
Jason has a number of things in his part of the writing about these social goals. Jason, do you want to share some of those pieces?
Jason Roncoroni: A lot of it starts with basically just saying hello to your neighbor. I live in a neighborhood now where there are no veterans. And so, going out and having conversations with people and being proud of your service, but not leading necessarily with the fact that, “Hey, I am a veteran.” Being comfortable with that and being comfortable with, “Look, these are the interests that I have and yes, I am a veteran, but I am also so much more.”
It was really hard initially to do a lot of that because it is easier just to gravitate towards veterans and say, “What unit were you in, were you deployed?” The challenge with that is that like Shauna said, we are at a 6% right now of the population and that is going to be about 3% in another 20 years. The veteran population is becoming a shrinking demographic. If the strategy is that you have to go out and connect with veterans, it is going to be harder and harder to do that.
This means that fewer and fewer employers are going to be populated with a lot of members who have knowledge about what it means to serve in the military or have family members who serve in the military. So, some of the things that I have done is I have coached my kids’ sports teams. I am currently running an organization for their baseball team and I am a member of the board for that. I have partnered with a non-veteran in terms of starting a business initiative.
So, these are just some of the things that I have done to really get connected with a bunch of people who really look at me and respect me for who I am as a leader. The veteran thing is a great thing to have, but it is not the only thing that I am.
Nikki Van Noy: I am curious for you specifically and then Shauna maybe you can also give me some insight in the larger sense, but Jason this identity crisis that you mentioned, have you found that as you have worked through this and established a new life, your identity has shifted? Or is it that you have been able to take all of those elements of you that made you successful in the military and find a way to apply them in civilian life?
Jason Roncoroni: I think that what you find is that everything that you have done in the military has been you working through the military and I think we lose sight of that–that we are the element that makes the uniform great. It doesn’t go the other way around. So, servicemen and women are better than the uniform. But we hold the uniform in such high esteem that sometimes we think that it is the uniform that is the best.
So, once you get comfortable with saying, “Okay, the uniform is not here anymore, all of these skills that I have, I recognize how I can apply them,” and these are character attributes, these are competencies, these are intrinsic strengths. This is your belief structure, these are factors that led to your success in the past, all of these elements can be really reoriented towards a higher goal that is even bigger than what you did in the military.
One of the things that servicemen, I think, struggle with is this idea of, “Well I am going to be focusing on myself and that feels selfish.” I challenge that by saying that the greatest gift that you can give to society, the greatest thing that you can do for your family, is be the fullest expression of yourself. That is what we are trying to get after with this handbook is to help men and women be just that–the fullest expression of themselves.
As they step into life beyond the military, they are living the example of the life they want for themselves, for their family, for their community, for their coworkers. They are essentially that same example that they were in the military, except now they are out of the military. So, it is a repurposing of all of those qualities and attributes to be that veteran leader in society.
Shauna Springer: To add to that and answer your question, think about identity as something that is not static. It is not meant to be static throughout the lifespan. That military transition is one of the many transitions that we go through in life.
I remember when I became a mother and the challenges and the changes that brought in my life and in my identity and in my character. Just going through that, I learned a lot about myself, sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Things I have to work through. I remember having a conversation with a dear buddy of mine who is a Marine and he said, “You know I am a Marine, so I am proficient at suffering. But having a newborn, that was a whole other level of suffering.”
Thinking about all of the transitions that we go through, we are meant to continually evolve. We are meant to evolve in our marriages. There is no such thing as finding your soul mate and if you do, you’re both going to change anyway. So, you’ve got to learn instead of, “How do I find the perfect puzzle piece that fits me?” You find a person who is open to growing in the right way and then you grow together, and you become a stronger team than you ever were before. So, one of my messages is that these kind of tunnels of chaos, as I call them, they can break us down, but they can also be the crucible that grows us into a stronger couple and a stronger person than we ever were before.
If we look at it from that perspective and don’t see growth as the enemy, but as something that will help us evolve, it changes everything.
Nikki Van Noy: What a beautiful and profound point even outside of this topic, amazing.
Shauna Springer: Thank you.
Nikki Van Noy: So, I am wondering if the two of you have any favorite examples you can share of any veterans who you have seen really apply some of the ideas in this workbook and create something new and very fulfilling for themselves?
Jason Roncoroni: I think the best one that I have is when you go through the identity analysis, the first thing that we do is we walk you through trying to understand your purpose. We then take a look at values and then we address the fear straight on and have men and women set goals that are really beyond that fear and getting past that. And then what happens is we take a look at the intrinsic strengths and we attach the strengths to values.
In order to find their strengths, we go back and we do a data dive into all of their evaluation reports throughout their career to take a look at the common language that is used at different points through their career to orient them towards saying, “Wow, you know what communication might be a strength of mine.” Then we link that to a value.
The thing that we find, when people are looking at their military evaluation reports, one of the things that people are finding is that a lot of their values are not being fully represented through their military experience, which is phenomenal and very revealing to say that they are actually bigger than the military. In other words, they have so much more to offer than just what they did in the military.
The challenge is, “Okay, so now the military helped you to express your values and purpose to this level. Now I want you to imagine if you were fully expressed and you can represent the fullest intention of you in civilian society–what does that look like?” I would say that has been the most powerful exercise in this identity analysis because it convinces people that, yes in fact, that what they have experienced in the military has been wonderful and it has been a very rewarding experience on so many levels, but it opens their minds and their hearts to the possibility that there is actually more out there.
There is more to them, more that they can offer, and more that they can actually enjoy in life after the military.
Shauna Springer: I can share a story about risking vulnerability, really thinking about that, and redefining what strength is. So, I have this veteran who is a highly trained–very, very tactically skilled combat veteran–a warrior’s warrior. He looked at me with a face full of fear one day in a clinical session, which really gets your attention. The guy looked at me with a face full of fear, and you know he had been deployed eight or ten times, and he was fearful because I told him to take his armor off with his wife and tell her how much he needed her.
He said, “Doc, I would rather go into an ambush any day than tell my wife how much I love her and I need her.”
The background of the case was that he was getting into a lot of fights with strangers, and so initially he was referred to me as a standard anger management case–pull out the manual and teach him how to manage his anger.
That is always kind of funny to me because veterans and those who have served are actually really good at regulating themselves. They are trained as much to inhibit their force as to exert it. And so, there is this myth that they are out of control, but actually they are trained over hours and hours and hours to regulate their own bodies so that they can fire on targets with accuracy. They can gently squeeze the trigger–they can get their breathing under such control that it doesn’t affect their shot and they inhibit fire as much as they exert it, in combat scenarios.
There is definitely a story behind a story with this veteran, as with many of my patients. What he told me was that his wife had always been his rock in life. But lately, since he had transitioned out, she wouldn’t touch him, and she kept turning away from him in this kind of dismissive way that he said, “It feels like she’s saying you’re dead to me.” I remember him saying in one of the sessions we had that, “It feels like I am reaching out my two arms to her and she takes out a sword and she cuts off my arms and I am there and I am bleeding out and she just walks away.”
He was really in this state of what I would call primal panic. It is a term related to Sue Johnson’s work actually, but he was in this attachment trauma state. And so, to break through this, he had to take off his armor, which was the scariest possible thing that he could have done. We talked through very specifically how to do it and he did it.
He used that courage, he pulled deep from within himself and used that courage and he told her how he felt. She said, “Well you know, I am going to tell you what is going on.” She took her armor off in response and said she found a letter that said that he had voluntarily redeployed when she was pregnant with their kid and that he had told her he had to go back, and so she felt abandoned and she was wounding him in return.
They broke down. They held each other, and he came back to the next session and he was just a different man. He was reset, his wife and he were back together, and they had a new process and a new understanding of why they had to take off their armor with each other, and how they could move through even the scariest conflicts and stay together as a team. So, that is one of many stories about how there is often a story that we don’t hear at first.
If we build that trust with our veterans, or whoever we are trying to help, or work with, or be friends with in life, we often get a different story and we can really help people move through things.
Nikki Van Noy: That is incredible. All right, is there anything we haven’t gotten to in the natural course of answers that you guys want to be sure you share with listeners?
Shauna Springer: You know, Jason and I as authors hit a fork in the road, and we had to go back to our values. So, Jason took a year of his life writing this and for both of us, as he said, it is based on decades of expertise. It is kind of the best from me of what I have to offer in terms of relationship insights in this book. Jason’s work on transition and identity is just brilliant and new and different. He spent a year of his life writing it.
The fork in the road was, “Do we sell this as an integrative program of transition?” Because it is about 400 pages and service members and veterans can walk themselves through it. It is very, very approachable. That would have cost $100, $150, or $200. And we decided that no, our value is that we hit the greatest number of people with this for the greatest impact possible. So, what we wanted to do was price it at the cost of a date to the movies.
So, for $30 any veteran can buy it, any military family member can buy it for somebody that they love. People can buy it as a better way of saying, “Thank you for your service.” They can give for $30 a gift that would help people work through the crisis of who they are going to be, after the military and how they get there and what that process is.
Then we had a vision of partnering with organizations and companies that might purchase this in bulk and provide it to people that we would partner with, and provide some guidance and some web-based teaching so that we can really help amplify that effort to really have the greatest impact. Because we would really like, at the heart of hearts in all of this, to change how military service members are supported through their military transition. So, that is where Jason and I went back to our why, and who are we, and why we are doing this. We decided on that strategy.
Nikki Van Noy: Beautiful, you guys. Thank you so much for joining us and you two are such a great pair.
Jason Roncoroni: Oh, well thanks. I like to think that I am here to support Shauna because she is definitely the smart one here, with the passion and the work that she does. You know Shauna makes herself available to people 24/7, who are out there in the space and she really opens herself up to people. It is really easy to work with somebody who has that kind of character and a commitment to this population. So, it’s been my privilege.
Shauna Springer: Well, for the record, I am not the smart one. I am the one that asked you if you would consider letting me be your co-author because I was so excited about what you’re doing, Jason. But thank you and likewise. This partnership has been such a pleasure and so easy. Jason and his warrior wife have such a strong team and I’ve got my husband behind me. It feels like such a good and exciting thing that we are about to do, and I am just really loving being on this journey. Thanks, Nikki, for your support and for spending this time with us today.
Jason Roncoroni: Absolutely. Thank you, Nikki.
Nikki Van Noy: My pleasure, you guys. Good luck with this book and thank you for putting some good in this world. This sounds like a piece of work that is going to be truly impactful and I love nothing more than hearing about projects like this.