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 working, dedicated and always ready to lend a hand.
But leaving the military left me uncertain and afraid. It didn’t take long to get lost in the struggle of everyday Americans working non-union jobs. Being a civilian is challenging, with everyone is competing for low wages and crappy working conditions. I had no choice but to join the hustle and bustle. Fortunately, I found a job right away, that job was a union job and I was happy.
There was no one there to help me with the transition from military life to civilian living. My strength came from within. I have been on my own and at times it was lonely. I want to make sure other vets know that they do not have to feel alone, because there are so many resources out there and people who just want to help. Talk to other vets, join vet groups and stay in the environment you are accustomed to. I enjoy my visits to the VA hospital just to feel the love you can only get from the brotherhood that is the armed forces.
IBEW 1245 is showing me something I have not seen since my transition from the military, “a sense of belonging” and a new kind of civilian brotherhood. I no longer feel like I am in this alone. Thank you IBEW.