Operation Roadtrip


ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS

When service ends, the mission to find a new purpose begins

  • The Next Mission Trailer
    The Next Mission Trailer (1:47)

  • The Next Mission
    The Next Mission (55:15)


Military personnel face untold challenges during service—but one of the most formidable missions is the transition back to civilian life.

Experience the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard—three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world. As they interview fellow veterans who’ve found fulfilling work beyond service, the team learns that the skills cultivated in the military aren’t limited to the battlefield; they can be applied to any number of exciting careers. Combat might be behind them, but a new mission emerges: the fight to build a life of purpose begins—for which their head and hearts will be their greatest weapons.

For a more in-depth experience and additional resources, download our accompanying viewing guides.

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INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM

Mat Best

“It's an innate emotion within all of us—we want purpose in life. You can be successful, you can make money, but without purpose, you're lost.”

Mat Best, CEO, Article 15 Clothing

David Flink

“Be proud of who you were, but realize that yesterday is yesterday—do something today.”

Jacqueline Carrizosa, Instructor, Firearms for Life

Robert Kiyosaki

“The reason that people aren’t successful is simply because they haven’t failed enough. Imagine a baby that falls down and says, ‘That’s it, I can’t walk.’ Failing is human nature!”

Robert Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur/Author

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Operation Roadtrip
#TheNextMission

Veterans have answered the call of duty—what’s their next calling? We’re sending them on the road to find it.

Roadtrip Nation has joined forces with the USO to send three transitioning service members on a cross-country adventure to discover all that post-military life has to offer. Eager to redefine themselves in the civilian world, they’ll seek out fellow veterans who have transitioned into the workforce and gain the insights they need to forge forward. Follow the journey and see what it takes to tackle one of life’s most rewarding missions: the pursuit of a purposeful career.


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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • BERNARD

  • HELEN

  • SAM

BERNARD EDWARDS

Age 35
From Oahu, HI

Bernard Edwards spent his childhood bouncing from country to country as his family was dispatched to different military installations. This nomadic upbringing—and the cultures, philosophies, and people he encountered along the way—inspired him to join the Air Force. Now retired, Bernard seeks to pursue the one thing that’s always driven him: travel and self-discovery. He’s starting a nonprofit that helps fellow veterans keep adventure in their lives, but he’s looking for guidance to realize his vision.

HELEN CHANDLER

Age 33
From Enterprise, AL

Helen Chandler has always considered herself a soldier, through and through. She was literally born in an Army helicopter, watched her parents serve, and dedicated 15 years to service in the Air Force and the Army. But after being forced to retire early due to an injury, the military identity that’s been the driving force of her life feels like it’s been snatched away. She’s struggling to cope with the loss of who she was, but looks forward to who she can become when she applies her skills and experience to new avenues.

SAM SHOCKLEY

Age 28
From Tacoma, WA

From an early age, Sam Shockley was drawn to the military’s philosophy of camaraderie and selfless service. He enlisted in the Army as soon as he finished high school, ready to offer a lifetime of service. But during a tour of Afghanistan, while leading his team, he stepped on an explosive device and lost both legs. The incident sent him spiraling into depression, but with the help of his family and community, he feels he’s finally ready to take hold of his life and find a passion that will push him forward.

HOME SWEET HOME

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QUICK STATS

DOB...............2004

# OF ROADTRIPS...............1

# OF ROADTRIPS...............1

MILES...............19,000

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THE ROUTE

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Los Angeles, CA
April 19

Art delaCruz

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Rodriguez

Athlete / Best Selling Author

Shad Eischen

Founder / CEO

Las Vegas, NV
April 24

Jesse Iwuji

Nascar Driver / Active Duty

Jacqueline Carrizosa

Fitness / Weapons Instructor

Scottsdale, AZ
April 27

Robert Kiyosaki

Businessman / Educator

El Paso, TX
April 29

Derek Weida

Pro Athlete / Motivator

Mat Best

YouTube Personality / CEO

Menard, TX
May 2

Josh Kinser

Field Activities Director

Houston, TX
May 3

Nicole Baldwin

Founder & President

Destin, FL
May 6

Danny Ruiz

Head Instructor & MMA fighter

Lloyd Reshard

CEO, Cognitive Big Data Systems

Vanessa Bond

Vanessa Bond, Director of Operations, Aerial Anatomy

Heather Burleson

Owner, High Caliber Lady

Atlanta, GA
May 9

Brian Stann

Retired MMA & U.S. Marine

Washington, DC
May 11

Jas Boothe

Founder

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Los Angeles, CA
April 19

Art delaCruz

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Rodriguez

Athlete / Best Selling Author

Shad Eischen

Founder / CEO


Las Vegas, NV
April 24

Jesse Iwuji

Nascar Driver / Active Duty

Jacqueline Carrizosa

Fitness / Weapons Instructor


Scottsdale, AZ
April 27

Robert Kiyosaki

Businessman / Educator


El Paso, TX
April 29

Derek Weida

Pro Athlete / Motivator

Mat Best

YouTube Personality / CEO


Menard, TX
May 2

Josh Kinser

Field Activities Director


Houston, TX
May 3

Nicole Baldwin

Founder & President


Destin, FL
May 6

Danny Ruiz

Head Instructor & MMA fighter

Lloyd Reshard

CEO, Cognitive Big Data Systems

Vanessa Bond

Vanessa Bond, Director of Operations, Aerial Anatomy

Heather Burleson

Owner, High Caliber Lady


Atlanta, GA
May 9

Brian Stann

Retired MMA & U.S. Marine


Washington, DC
May 11

Jas Boothe

Founder

Veterans can help each other transition beyond service

The USO has teamed up with Roadtrip Nation to enable veterans to share advice with each other about how to transition—and thrive—in the next chapter. With Roadtrip Nation’s “Share Your Road” tool, veterans who have found meaningful careers beyond service can share how they got to where they are today—and help other vets find their way.

Share Your Story
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