The Coffee Bunker connects veterans with civilian life

The Coffee Bunker connects veterans with civilian life
The Coffee Bunker in Tulsa is dedicated to helping veterans begin their lives after their military service. (K.Barnett/Reporter)

“The main mission of the Coffee Bunker is to help veterans reintegrate back into society…”- Director of Operations Scott Blackburn

Tulsa non-profit helps in ways not measurable

 

Kevin Barnett/Reporter

TULSA, Oklahoma — Any veteran can attest that military service in any capacity is difficult, but for some the real difficulty comes with the transition back into the civilian world.

The Coffee Bunker located at 41st and Sheridan in Tulsa was established to help veterans during this often trying time of re-adjustment.

“The main mission of the Coffee Bunker is to help veterans reintegrate back into society and into their families whether that means someone who has lost their way, along the way, or someone who is just now leaving the military,” Director of Operations Scott Blackburn said.

The bunker’s mission cannot be fully understood without knowing the tragedy that birthed its creation.

In 2007 after two deployments to Iraq, Daniel Ligon, the son of founder Mary Ligon, committed suicide. Upon Daniel’s death, Mary resolved to establish a place that would foster the support systems that her son did not have.

Blackburn said since it’s creation in 2010, the coffee Bunker has seen continual growth and expansion not just with the facility but also in the services it provides. It now offers job preparation and placement assistance, peer support and leadership training and even art classes.

It has also become a hub for linking veterans with other agencies and programs assisting in areas outside of the Bunker’s purview.

Now in its eighth year, the Bunker has seen much expansion and growth that has complimented its primary mission, but the founding principle of veterans helping veterans has never been compromised.

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