Citizen Soldier Connection was founded in 2006 at the urging of Robert Mixon (MGen, Ret, USA) to provide support and connect soldiers to the community of Colorado Springs. Jeff Banaster (Col, Ret, USA) and Don Addy (local businessman) developed and led the organization during its startup. In 2006, the combat deployment rotation was heavy, and there were many families left here without a support network. CSC was established to fill that void by creating support networks within the local community.
Since that time, the military has changed, Fort Carson’s deployment cycles have changed, and soldiers’ needs have changed. Likewise, the mission of Citizen Soldier Connection has evolved. Our overall goal is to provide support and friendship within the community still. However, we have expanded our reach to all local active duty veterans and their families in the Pikes Peak Region. Our mission is to support and strengthen our military and veterans through programs designed to improve their lives and ease the entire military family unit’s stress. We desire to increase military, active duty members, and local units’ combat readiness and honor those who have served by supporting and caring for our veterans and their families.