Being a Veteran of the United States Army has been a tremendous honor. I had the pleasure serving overseas, in Iraq, during Operation Enduring Freedom. My name is Ron and you can say my time in the Army was one of those milestones in life that I won’t soon forget. Like everything in life, there were good parts about the Army and there were bad parts. In my experience, the good definitely outweighed the bad.
After the Army I was confused as to what to do with the rest of my life. There were only two real options to consider, go back to school, by using the Post 911 GI Bill, or get a job. I chose to get a job. However, the jobs offered in town were not high paying, nor career oriented. That left me with my last option, going back to school.
So, while at school I was thinking how fortunate I was to be able to go back to school and get another degree. Then I began to see how unfortunate it was for other veterans to not have that option because they either never did well in school, or were saving their GI Bill for their kids. There had to be another option, other than a less than satisfying job. The question I kept asking myself was, how could I help veterans’ transition into a better and more meaningful civilian life?
Growing up I knew I wanted to go to college, but I always knew paying for college was going to be a challenge. As a first generation Hispanic-American, my dad worked two jobs and my mom worked at night. Combined they made an annual income of about fifty thousand dollars. When I was accepted to my first choice university, I applied for financial aid but I was declined because my parents made “too much money.” As traumatic as that announcement was, I still believed I had a chance at college.
Late in my senior year in high school, when Lt. Col. Oliver North was testifying before Congress, I also had the desire to join the military. However, after several conversations with a military recruiter, it was confirmed that due to my Temporary Residency (immigration status) joining the military was also out of the question. Therefore, after high school my principal goals were to find a job, become a U.S. Citizen, and become financially independent so I could continue my education, even if it was on a part-time basis.
After high school I took various jobs over a period of three years; construction, sales, bank teller, and finally a data processing clerk. Out of all these jobs, construction was the most rewarding, from building single family homes, to building multistory skyscrapers and various other large scale projects. By building something with your hands, and seeing the end product I could understand and appreciate the meaning of sweat equity.
Although I had a very successful career in construction, it took me twenty-one years after high school to enlisted in the United States Army. If I didn’t do it before turning 40-years-old, I could never do it and I had to live with that decision. So, rather than live with regret, I enlisted, and it was the best decision of my life.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
Selfless Service is one of those Army values that is taught to each soldier when they first enlist. By serving our country veterans demonstrate to this great nation that it was OUR duty to serve. I believe in this duty of service because I lived it; because EVERY soldier and sailor lived it when they took the oath. Now, I believe it’s still my duty to help my fellow brothers and sisters find a better way of life than just a meaningless job that pays the bills.
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