The need and therefore, the opportunity is growing for sports organizations in all communities, regardless of type or size to assist our military warriors and their families. It is communities that can take positive and powerful actions on behalf of military warriors and their families: helping them be and feel connected, know they are cared for and never forgotten. And more communities are! In this show, guest Colonel David W. Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support addresses this need and how he and his staff are engaging communities at grass root levels. Topics include a) Clarifying the need…what correspondent Bob Woodward reference to it as a “Growing Epidemic of Disconnect”, b) why communities are the backbone, the center of gravity-for leadership, empathy, training and maintaining relationships a) the sports-military link c) examples of local community actions including Boston, Phoenix, Omaha, golf organization, professional sports and the state of Virginia, d) striving for holistic balance-the ‘trinity’-education, employment and access to health care for life. Tune in to better understand what you personally can do as an athlete, coach, sports parent, etc. Remember, the ripple effect…even the smallest act can lead to extraordinary achievement.