For millions of Veterans, survival was more than just a “theme” but rather a life or death lifestyle, literally, that they had to adopt while deployed.
On the contrary, for creatives, survival has a much different connotation with much, much less severe consequences.
As an organization that connects both worlds, this is probably the biggest difference between the two. One side might have lived “killed or be killed,” while the other side may have had their project “killed” by a client or their employer.
Same words, very different levels of danger.
Nonetheless, just because a civilian hasn’t experienced that heightened threat doesn’t mean they are unable to relate with someone who has.
Through our work in the HERO[series], we’ve often seen this first-hand.