Who Would Have Known – A Veterans Day Reflection

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Who Would Have Known – A Veterans Day Reflection

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 1:00pm

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As I reflected on Veteran’s Day this year, I quickly made a realization that I hadn’t really thought about before today: I am one of the most fortunate people on earth.

As a 25-year-old young man, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into when I enlisted in the Army back in 2002. I had a fairly clear picture of how the adult world was going to treat me. I had begun a career, was living independently, establishing credit, and I even fell in love and then back out of it. All the normal things one would expect of a young 25-year-old. I knew the Army would take me on adventures all around the globe. I knew that I would receive first class training from some of the best leaders in the world. I knew that there was a good probability that I would find myself involved in a conflict of some sort during my time on the military. However, at this point in my life, I did not know if I would stay to make a career out of the military.

Fast forward a few years to when I find myself in Iraq. It was during that year that I decided that I was not going to re-enlist to make the Army my career. Instead, I was going to leave the Army after my initial enlistment and begin pursuing my education, utilizing the GI Bill funding that I had earned. So, that was it right? I was done with all things military,all things Army, and I was moving in a different direction. Boy was I wrong. Sure I had earned the GI Bill, a few promotions, a few awards (some I would have rather not earned), and some combat pay. But there are other things I earned during that time are what are the most valuable to me still to this day. Rather,the Brothers and Sisters, not things, that I gained by defending Old Glory and the people of the United States.

They are what drive me to do the work I do still to this day. I had no idea that the Army would put me on the path my career has taken. When I decided to leave the military, I knew that I wanted to be around military-minded individuals, but I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like. Today that picture is very clear for me as I continue to serve the Veteran community in any way that I can by developing / supporting programs and initiatives through VetAdvisor®. These programs are focused on making successful transitions from the military towards either civilian employment or higher education. The men and women who chose to wear the uniform are some of the best people I have ever met. I could not imagine myself doing anything else at this point of my career. But, who would have known?

James Yauger is a graduate from Seton Hill University who works as the HR Innovation Lead for VetAdvisor.  Prior to working at VetAdvisor, he spent several years working in higher education on enrollment management of adult students to include student Veterans.  When he’s not advocating for Veterans employment and education initiatives, he enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, or running with his fellow Eagles from Team RWB.

VetAdvisor® is the nation’s expert in veteran-centric integrative care. We provide proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. Additionally, we work with organizations to help them more effectively recruit, retain, and interface with veterans.

- See more at: http://blog.vetsbridge.com/#sthash.2h4ofmot.dpuf

As I reflected on Veteran’s Day this year, I quickly made a realization that I hadn’t really thought about before today: I am one of the most fortunate people on earth.

As a 25-year-old young man, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into when I enlisted in the Army back in 2002. I had a fairly clear picture of how the adult world was going to treat me. I had begun a career, was living independently, establishing credit, and I even fell in love and then back out of it. All the normal things one would expect of a young 25-year-old. I knew the Army would take me on adventures all around the globe. I knew that I would receive first class training from some of the best leaders in the world. I knew that there was a good probability that I would find myself involved in a conflict of some sort during my time on the military. However, at this point in my life, I did not know if I would stay to make a career out of the military.

Fast forward a few years to when I find myself in Iraq. It was during that year that I decided that I was not going to re-enlist to make the Army my career. Instead, I was going to leave the Army after my initial enlistment and begin pursuing my education, utilizing the GI Bill funding that I had earned. So, that was it right? I was done with all things military,all things Army, and I was moving in a different direction. Boy was I wrong. Sure I had earned the GI Bill, a few promotions, a few awards (some I would have rather not earned), and some combat pay. But there are other things I earned during that time are what are the most valuable to me still to this day. Rather,the Brothers and Sisters, not things, that I gained by defending Old Glory and the people of the United States.

They are what drive me to do the work I do still to this day. I had no idea that the Army would put me on the path my career has taken. When I decided to leave the military, I knew that I wanted to be around military-minded individuals, but I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like. Today that picture is very clear for me as I continue to serve the Veteran community in any way that I can by developing / supporting programs and initiatives through VetAdvisor®. These programs are focused on making successful transitions from the military towards either civilian employment or higher education. The men and women who chose to wear the uniform are some of the best people I have ever met. I could not imagine myself doing anything else at this point of my career. But, who would have known?

James Yauger is a graduate from Seton Hill University who works as the HR Innovation Lead for VetAdvisor.  Prior to working at VetAdvisor, he spent several years working in higher education on enrollment management of adult students to include student Veterans.  When he’s not advocating for Veterans employment and education initiatives, he enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, or running with his fellow Eagles from Team RWB.

VetAdvisor® is the nation’s expert in veteran-centric integrative care. We provide proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. Additionally, we work with organizations to help them more effectively recruit, retain, and interface with veterans.

- See more at: http://blog.vetsbridge.com/who-would-have-known-a-veterans-day-reflection/#sthash.srapNCDo.dpuf

As I reflected on Veteran’s Day this year, I quickly made a realization that I hadn’t really thought about before today: I am one of the most fortunate people on earth.

As a 25-year-old young man, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into when I enlisted in the Army back in 2002. I had a fairly clear picture of how the adult world was going to treat me. I had begun a career, was living independently, establishing credit, and I even fell in love and then back out of it. All the normal things one would expect of a young 25-year-old. I knew the Army would take me on adventures all around the globe. I knew that I would receive first class training from some of the best leaders in the world. I knew that there was a good probability that I would find myself involved in a conflict of some sort during my time on the military. However, at this point in my life, I did not know if I would stay to make a career out of the military.

Fast forward a few years to when I find myself in Iraq. It was during that year that I decided that I was not going to re-enlist to make the Army my career. Instead, I was going to leave the Army after my initial enlistment and begin pursuing my education, utilizing the GI Bill funding that I had earned. So, that was it right? I was done with all things military,all things Army, and I was moving in a different direction. Boy was I wrong. Sure I had earned the GI Bill, a few promotions, a few awards (some I would have rather not earned), and some combat pay. But there are other things I earned during that time are what are the most valuable to me still to this day. Rather,the Brothers and Sisters, not things, that I gained by defending Old Glory and the people of the United States.

They are what drive me to do the work I do still to this day. I had no idea that the Army would put me on the path my career has taken. When I decided to leave the military, I knew that I wanted to be around military-minded individuals, but I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like. Today that picture is very clear for me as I continue to serve the Veteran community in any way that I can by developing / supporting programs and initiatives through VetAdvisor®. These programs are focused on making successful transitions from the military towards either civilian employment or higher education. The men and women who chose to wear the uniform are some of the best people I have ever met. I could not imagine myself doing anything else at this point of my career. But, who would have known?

James Yauger is a graduate from Seton Hill University who works as the HR Innovation Lead for VetAdvisor.  Prior to working at VetAdvisor, he spent several years working in higher education on enrollment management of adult students to include student Veterans.  When he’s not advocating for Veterans employment and education initiatives, he enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, or running with his fellow Eagles from Team RWB.

VetAdvisor® is the nation’s expert in veteran-centric integrative care. We provide proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. Additionally, we work with organizations to help them more effectively recruit, retain, and interface with veterans.

- See more at: http://blog.vetsbridge.com/who-would-have-known-a-veterans-day-reflection/#sthash.IMvUlaH3.dpuf

By Jim Yauger

As I reflected on Veteran’s Day this year, I quickly made a realization that I hadn’t really thought about before today: I am one of the most fortunate people on earth.

As a 25-year-old young man, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into when I enlisted in the Army back in 2002. I had a fairly clear picture of how the adult world was going to treat me. I had begun a career, was living independently, establishing credit, and I even fell in love and then back out of it. All the normal things one would expect of a young 25-year-old. I knew the Army would take me on adventures all around the globe. I knew that I would receive first class training from some of the best leaders in the world. I knew that there was a good probability that I would find myself involved in a conflict of some sort during my time on the military.

- See more at: http://blog.vetsbridge.com/who-would-have-known-a-veterans-day-reflection/#sthash.IMvUlaH3.dpuf

By Jim Yauger

As I reflected on Veteran’s Day this year, I quickly made a realization that I hadn’t really thought about before today: I am one of the most fortunate people on earth.

As a 25-year-old young man, I feel like I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into when I enlisted in the Army back in 2002. I had a fairly clear picture of how the adult world was going to treat me. I had begun a career, was living independently, establishing credit, and I even fell in love and then back out of it. All the normal things one would expect of a young 25-year-old. I knew the Army would take me on adventures all around the globe. I knew that I would receive first class training from some of the best leaders in the world. I knew that there was a good probability that I would find myself involved in a conflict of some sort during my time on the military. However, at this point in my life, I did not know if I would stay to make a career out of the military.

Fast forward a few years to when I find myself in Iraq. It was during that year that I decided that I was not going to re-enlist to make the Army my career. Instead, I was going to leave the Army after my initial enlistment and begin pursuing my education, utilizing the GI Bill funding that I had earned. So, that was it right? I was done with all things military,all things Army, and I was moving in a different direction. Boy was I wrong. Sure I had earned the GI Bill, a few promotions, a few awards (some I would have rather not earned), and some combat pay. But there are other things I earned during that time are what are the most valuable to me still to this day. Rather,the Brothers and Sisters, not things, that I gained by defending Old Glory and the people of the United States.

They are what drive me to do the work I do still to this day. I had no idea that the Army would put me on the path my career has taken. When I decided to leave the military, I knew that I wanted to be around military-minded individuals, but I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like. Today that picture is very clear for me as I continue to serve the Veteran community in any way that I can by developing / supporting programs and initiatives through VetAdvisor®. These programs are focused on making successful transitions from the military towards either civilian employment or higher education. The men and women who chose to wear the uniform are some of the best people I have ever met. I could not imagine myself doing anything else at this point of my career. But, who would have known?

James Yauger is a graduate from Seton Hill University who works as the HR Innovation Lead for VetAdvisor.  Prior to working at VetAdvisor, he spent several years working in higher education on enrollment management of adult students to include student Veterans.  When he’s not advocating for Veterans employment and education initiatives, he enjoys spending his free time mountain biking, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, or running with his fellow Eagles from Team RWB.

VetAdvisor® is the nation’s expert in veteran-centric integrative care. We provide proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. Additionally, we work with organizations to help them more effectively recruit, retain, and interface with veterans.

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