“I think there's something really powerful in reconnecting with people who have some of your shared military experience,” Datzman said. “These people know what it’s like to move every three to six years and have probably endured tough deployments being separated from loved ones. It’s a unique and special camaraderie among veterans. Inherently for many service members, you have this drive and energy and desire to serve and see something better beyond yourself. And for some, civilian employment following active duty may not scratch that itch, so to speak.”
Datzman, who works in strategic planning for integrated multi-domain solutions at Collins, gave a keynote at the graduation ceremony for The Mission Continues’ Women Veterans Leadership Program.
“They intentionally shine a light on female veterans, because they are an extremely underrepresented group,” she said. “I’ve been told before that I don’t look like a veteran, to which I respond with, ‘Well, what does a veteran look like?’”
It’s been a while now since Datzman made the transition to civilian life, but today she uses that experience regularly to help veterans tap into the leadership, decision-making and communication skills they developed in the military.
“There are so many different ways to serve the world, and I love supporting veterans as they navigate from one form of service to another,” she said.
Veterans and nonveterans are invited to work locally with The Mission Continues. Those interested can find local platoons here .