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Veterans and civilians are helping one another in former police station

Veterans and civilians are helping one another in former police station

Inside what was once the cavernous Escondido Police Department headquarters, former Marines and Navy SEALs are using military training techniques to teach civilians self-defense — a relationship that benefits both students and teachers, participants say. The newly opened training center — called the Warfighter Academy — is part indoor paintball facility, part mixed martial arts gym, and it offers civilians the chance to train in combat scenarios and other simulations, while helping veterans adjust to life after the military, co-owner Sonny Garcia said. "It takes the experience of these prior-service combat veterans and allows them to repurpose it — to get...

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