Category: Our Stories

My Story: Jordan Bean

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Nevada Air National Guard, 2003-present (Active Duty & Reserves) 1st Sergeant, Aerial Delivery I was deployed for almost four years straight, and I did tours of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Germany and Amsterdam. The most memorable part of my service was definitely all of the different places I got to travel; I probably would […]

My Story: Jose “Joe” Sanchez

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U.S. Marine Corps, 1992-1998 Heavy Equipment Operator & Combat Engineer I served on the West Coast, at Camp Pendleton in Bakersfield, and on the East Coast at Camp Lejuene in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I also did a brief stint in Korea, at Camp Casey, neat the DMZ. I was there for three months. For me, […]

My Story: John Wayne Daniel

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US Army, 25th Infantry Division, 1975-1978 Combat Engineer, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii I was volunteer army, stationed at Schofield Barracks on active duty for 32 months. When I got out of the military, it wasn’t easy, and I was kind of bitter. My dad, a Navy Vet and Pearl Harbor survivor who served for 24 years, […]

My Story: Walter Carmier

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United States Army Signal Corps 1982-1997 (active duty) and 1997-2003 (reserve) 31N Tactical Circuit Controller, Retention-Recruiter, 31F Mobile Switch Subscriber Supervisor and Instructor I spent my time in the Army deploring communication networks, whether it was above the clouds on Germany’s mountaintops or underground in bunkers in Korea. I have over 21 years of military experience, […]

My Story: Mike Grandmain

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US Navy, 1975-1980 HT2-E5 Firefighting/damage control/ship maintenance, San Diego/Long Beach The highlight of my service was definitely all of the great technical career training that the Navy provided me with, as well as the college equivalent classes I took there (under the GI Bill). I’m retired now, but every job I ever got was directly […]

My Story: Pamela Pendleton

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US Navy  1984-1992 Aircraft Engine Mechanic, Miramar, CA I served for eight years in the United States Navy as an aircraft engine mechanic (AD). Most of my time was spent at NAS Miramar, in San Diego California. Being a part of the armed forces helped to mold me into the person I am today, hard […]

My Story: Casey Salkauskas

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US Navy, 1991-1999 Submarine Machinist’s Mate, Charleston, SC/Various Locations During my time in the Navy as a Submarine Machinist’s Mate, I had many challenges and obstacles to over come, but fortunately, the military has many manuals and regulations to guide and direct you. When I transitioned out of active service, I attended a week long […]

My Story: Jaime Tinoco

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US Navy/ Seabees, 1982-1988 (active and reserve duty) Construction Electrician, Port Hueneme CA / Various Locations I think that graduating from boot camp and finishing “A” school were the highlights of my service. Boot Camp was the long, tough (and sometimes humiliating) process that transformed me from troubled young man to a person that would […]