Navy Veteran is using the skills she learned in the military to help her community

The military lifestyle was a big part of Erin Crane's family growing up.

"My dad was a veteran. My grandfather was a veteran. My stepfather was a veteran. I have an uncle that's a veteran," Erin said.

So Erin enlisted too. From 2004-2012 she served in the Navy. Shortly after her military career ended she and her family moved to Fort Oglethorpe.

"We packed up two of those pod type containers," Erin said. "We moved up here site unseen."

This is home now for Erin's family. She started a business 2 years ago, a State Farm Insurance Office. She got involved with local organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, the local tourism association, The Tri-State area Military Women's Veterans, Chapter 157, The American Legion, The VFW, The Children's Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, and she helps in several other ways.

"I'm a mom at the local primary school, Battlefield Primary School," Erin said. "My kids go there."

She recently helped the principal at Battlefield Primary School, Geoff Rhodes, get grant from State Farm to help with STEM projects.

"Geoff and I sat down and hashed out a grant for $5,000," Erin said.

She was able to present the check for the grant in mid-December. Erin Crane is taking the skills she learned in the military, and she's using them to better her community.

"The military teaches you that you can reach out and get help if you need to," Erin said. "You can count on your team, your core people that are around you. It teaches you to work hard, and to stick through it until the mission is accomplished. So I think the biggest question for veterans is what's my new mission?"

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