While serving in the Marine Corps Reserves back in 1999, I sustained an injury that forced me out of the service and crushed my dreams of becoming a Commissioned Marine Corps Officer. The depression and hopelessness that followed was something that I had never felt before.
I joined the U.S. Air Force straight out of High School and immediately took an assignment overseas. After 24 years, I gave it up, retired from the Air Force and decided to settle down in New Mexico.
However, it was not long before I longed to go back overseas. Not as a tourist, but to actually live and work there again.
I was honorably discharged from the USMC and then continued my college education at various community colleges until I was accepted into Southern IL Univ.
After using the GI Bill to earn a B.S. in Forest Management I was hired by the U.S.Forest Service.
I retired from the Army after 20 years of service with the Engineers Corps. I knew I wanted to (give back) and work for the Army developing training products for the Engineer Corps, after being out of the service for 6 months I was able to do that.
In 1998, I was medically discharged from the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Upon leaving the USMC, I secured an administrative position with the Veterans Administration (VA) while I fulfilled my pursuit of a Bachelors’ Degree.
I served for 26 years in the U.S Navy. Upon my retirement in 2011, I worked as an Project Engineer and Maintenance Manager. I saw an opportunity with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) as a Quality Assurance Engineer and was hired last January.
I served in the Air Force in the communications field for over 5 years and upon honorably separating, I enrolled into a 4-year college and was able to find employment at the university through the VA's work-study program.
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