On this patriotic day, people who have been in the fight before are united with an unlikely partner.

An organization, Combining Vets and Players (MVP) connects those who have fought on the battlefield with those who have previously played on the field. Members of two groups exercise together and have weekly discussions.

Participants say they feel lonely until they join MVP.

Las Vegas MVP Chapter Program Coordinator Bruno Moya said, “I was one of those veterinarians who said no one helped us, we are alone, we are 1%, nine. Moya served in the Navy for seven years and was deployed to Iraq in 2003.

“In the Navy Corps, I went from the platoon to the parking lot and started parking cars for cars and that was one of the hardest things, from human responsibility to someone throwing a key at me and I say, ‘Hey man, stop the car,'” said Moya.

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Veterans and former professional athletes share some common challenges, ranging from physical injury to mental health struggles.

“One of the things we’re missing out on is not serving our own goals,” said Isaac Saldivar, manager of the Las Vegas-based MVP program.

Vets Integrating & amp; Athletes promote both physical fitness and mental health. (Ashley Soriano / Fox News)

Saldivar He was wounded in a 2008 war in Afghanistan and turned to painkillers to cope with back and head injuries.

Saldivar said, “After I left, I fell into that stigma. I lost everything by struggling to give up this identity.” “It has been very difficult for me to find a change in my life.”

On Patriots Day, the United States donated 11 homes to 11 eligible service members.

The National Council for Mental Health has about 730,000 people in Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems.

Less than 50% of returning veterans receive any form of mental health treatment, and 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

But groups like MVP hope to change that.

Saldivar said, “For the first time, I said, ‘Oh my God, I am not alone.’

Like veterans, pro athletes have a transition period after retirement.

Dave Mezani, also known as the “Sick Train”, was a professional warrior for 10 years.

“I didn’t have much talent in things, but I had a lot of courage and I worked hard,” Mezani said. “In a cage fight, I understand that you can go very far as long as you work hard and have a lot of eclipses. That’s why I chose that over fences and houses.”

The 38-year-old retired from the war a few years ago but is now active in Kikboxes Studios and MVP.

“You go in there and sweat with your staff and now we are all vulnerable,” Mezani said. “We’ve had the same suffering together. You feel the same way when you say it.”

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Each session ends with a song: “MVP in three! One, two, three, woo!”

Dave "Pain train" Mezzany was a fighter for 10 years.  He says athletes and patriots have something in common.  (Ashley Soriano / Fox News)

Dave “The Pain Train” Mezzany was a fighter for 10 years. He says athletes and patriots have something in common. (Ashley Soriano / Fox News)

Mezani has a message that can be easily interpreted by other former athletes.

MVP is located in seven major cities, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Dallas.

They also offer imaginative meetings for those who are unable to attend.

“Vulnerability is strength and power. It’s not a weakness … it’s not you who has suffered,” Saldivar, for his part, told former fighters.

And Moya wants other veterans to know: “You deserve it.”