From the Detroit Metro Times
Perhaps most important, though, veterans like Ryan often felt extremely isolated, missing the previous connections that were so important in military life.
“You go from a place of extreme camaraderie and support where everyone is looking out for you, where the person next to you — your life is in their hands — would literally give their life for you,” says Schlaff. “That’s such a powerful bond. That’s a community. That’s a tribe.”
The solution for Schlaff was to found Pingree Detroit, a worker cooperative that specifically hires veterans to make sneakers, boots, and other apparel using recycled materials from the auto industry.
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