Growing up in Eastern Europe in the midst of the social and political turmoil, I learned very early that success in life depends on the availability of opportunity coupled with personal efforts, determination, and hard work. I was inspired by the “American Dream,” which, ultimately, became a part of my dreams and aspirations. Coming to the United States opened up that door of opportunities I had desired for so long. Having no family or source of financial support in the foreign country, I completed the Basic Life Support course and became an Emergency Medical Technician. Working on the front-line of Emergency Services, I enjoyed that rush of adrenaline of being able to provide medical aid and emotional support to the people in the worst times
My career at Flagger Force began on April 12, 2010 at our Harrisburg Branch in Middletown, PA. I arrived an hour early, and upon my arrival I was escorted to Bill McDaniels office and he immediately sent me outside to my car because I was too early and he was busy. At the time, I thought that HE was Mike Doner; I had always worked for “Mom & Pop Shops”, and I remember thinking to myself, “Great, my first day in the office and I already pissed off the owner”. Forty-Five minutes later, Ann Johnson came out to my car, and told me to pull out my vehicle and back it in before “Mike” yelled at me for pulling into the parking space. My first assignment at Flagger Force was pre-screening.
How Being a Military Dependent Affected My Life Goals Being a military dependent is something I have known my whole life. My dad joined the Air Force in 1988 at the age of twenty-four. He initially joined the military to help people, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, this led him to fighting fires until 2010. I was born in the year 1999; I grew up with him working twenty-four hour shifts and then being home for twenty-four hours.
When they enter the civilian world, they are heading into an entirely new, uncharted phase of life with both challenges and opportunities to navigate.” (web) In order to understand the struggle and changes in society for veterans, they need someone who can understand them and utilize trades developed through the military in which can be offered to civilian employment agencies. The inability to successfully obtain this help and guidance is inevitably discouraging to veterans. Many exit the military and miss the camaraderie and sense of continuous operations.
I joined the USAF in 2011 to serve my country and to help support myself financially. My job isn’t closely related to the social work career path, but I do however work as a support function that helps protect and serve the general population. And like the social work profession, we also have core values, which as service before self, excellence and integrity. Upon entry into the service I was vectored into the Financial Management specialty where I began my now six year enlistment. Despite my desire to garner my Masters of Social Work I had to make a financial decision that led me down another path.
You keep walking and then look away as if there is nothing you can do, hoping that someone else will be able to help. It is time to give back and make a difference in the lives of Veterans. Leaving something different can be a scary experience. One of the hardest situations ever occurred to me is not doing what was expected of me. Always afraid to move against the tide, though I decided that was a valuable skill that I should leave.
Another fact noted is, the U.S’s current economic status consists of many vets needing longer supports and services from counselors that extend beyond traditional periods. In addition, the military offers a Transition Assistance program that focuses on post separation, employment search, training, along with financial planning. Despite the availability of this program,
Jacob Varner, also known as Jake Varner was born March 24, 1986. He is the son of Steve and Renee Varner, no to mention he is an Olympic Gold Medalist. In college he wrestled for the Iowa State Cyclones and majored in criminal justice. He was one of America’s greatest wrestlers, because his high school and college career prepared him for internationals, he worked hard to achieve goals he set for himself, and he set a path for other wrestlers to follow who aspire to be as great as him.
The Veterans Reemployment website can be accessed at the following website address http://www.careeronestop.org/militarytransition. The Veterans Reemployment is part of the Career One-Stop Pathways to Career Success Web site, which can provide veterans with more resources to help them transition into the civilian career. This site will allow the veterans to match their military skills to a civilian career. The site provides veterans with job search tips, information about returning to school, help veterans understand their benefits and locating their military records. Furthermore, the site offer separating veterans to opportunity to attend the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) seminar, which veterans will participate in a three-day workshop
Reintegration back with your family and the civilian world can be frightening. The military kids are provided programs to cope with the two biggest hurdles of post deployment. USO provides Comfort Crew that speaks with the kids who are dealing with a parent who is injured or made the ultimate sacrifice. For the Service member that does make it home whether, it is from end of service or a medical retirement the USO has many programs to make the transition seamless. One major program is Hire Heros, they provide workshops on resume writing, interview practices, and how to put the military career into civilian related career terms.
2. Are you enrolled in school and furthering your education in some capacity, whether it be certifications and or a degree(s), and tracking your education needed for your military career? 3. Are you happy? Taking an interest in the lives of your Soldiers on a broad scope I believe is important to ensuring that they are in good standing overall, comfortable in the path
A year ago, the Veteran Support Specialist position had opened up. Theodore conducted a search and ended up hiring an old high school friend, Richard Johnson. Richard had served two tours of duty in Afghanistan (one with Theodore) and two tours of duty in Iraq. Richard’s references always commented on how well he
I am writing this to explain the circumstances that resulted in the recent moves, and the frequency of those moves, of me and my family. Furthermore, I will demonstrate that those moves are abnormal to the Army and should not be used as a basis for determining future moves. In 2004, the Army instituted the Force Stabilization Initiative in order to increase readiness and stability for the fighting force, and predictability for their families. This initiative outlined stability for first term Soldiers at approximately six years and second or third term Soldiers at approximately three years.
This freedom that we enjoy is not free, it comes on the back of our servicemembers. They took the risk and rolled the dice and lost. To measure that devotion to our common ideals and freedom is unimaginable.” Finally, we should respect those who serve and have served because battle can change a man.
Thank you Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation donors for the scholarship grant. Because of your generous donations scholarship recipients like myself, are given a higher chance of success in college from the financial help. I am deeply grateful for the Marine Corps Scholarship foundation for finding me satisfactory and will use the grant provided to further succeed in college. My father has been in the military a little more than twenty years, more than the 21 years I have been alive.