In my 13 years in the U.S. Army, I focused on security – working in anti-terrorism, intelligence and response teams. I had also been a SWAT team commander. But upon my separation, I found that the skill sets that I had honed through my military service didn’t easily translate to the civilian world.
Further, I was discharged from the U.S. Army with a 100 percent disability rating, Due the injuries I sustained in combat, I was no longer able to do the types of jobs I had trained for.
Upon returning to civilian life, I continued to serve my community in Jefferson City, Missouri, by being involved in my church, where I helped organized food collections and a homeless ministry. But I still struggled with finding a full-time job, one that would enable me to provide for my family.
When I first applied to the NS2 Serves program, I honestly didn’t expect a response. I sent in my application because they’re helping veterans, without regard to the actual content of the training class.
My last job was commanding a SWAT team, about as far from the technology field as you could get. But NS2 Serves took a chance on me, and gave me the most intense intellectual training I’ve ever received. It was hard – it was challenging. But without this challenge, and with the connections that NS2 Serves had to employers in need of SAP consultants, I wouldn’t have found a new career that has already begun to change my life.
I cannot recommend the NS2 Serves program highly enough to my fellow veterans. I know, I’ve been there. I felt going in that getting selected for the NS2 Serves training program was like winning a lottery ticket. But what I now know, having gone through it, is it wasn’t a scratch-off, it was Powerball ticket.