Community Leadership: How to Become a Revolutionary Leader in Your Community
I served in the Army from 2005-2013. I deployed twice with the Reserves (Iraq 2009 and Afghanistan 2011) in a combat support role as a 12N-Heavy Construction Equipment Operator. From there, through the Helmets to Hardhats program, I joined the Ironworkers Local 25 Union in Detroit Michigan. I am currently employed as a Journeyman Ironworker and my current position within the trade is Lead Connector. During my apprenticeship, I was awarded the Apprentice of the year by the Associated General Contractors of Michigan. I have a Bachelors Degree in Construction Management from Ferris State University.
The first 4 years of transition out of the Army was not a story of resounding victory. There were moments of success but it was also a time of confusion and self-destruction. Searching for purpose and failing to find it. Everything came to a head and I found myself lost. Not being able to go back and not seeing a point in going forward. Enter Vet Rec.
Through my experiences and conversations, I found commonalities amongst a number of Veterans across all branches and realized that I was not a single case of transition gone wrong. Vet Rec was an idea I had during a pretty dark spot in my life and is now an open resource for any and all Veterans. It is our attempt at building a strong Veteran community by preventing Veteran isolation and promoting Veteran accountability in what one source has deemed the worst city in America for Veterans, Detroit Michigan.