United States Army | 2003-2013
Campus Director of the K9s for Warriors Gold Family Campus in Alachua, Florida. Graduate student, Agriculture and Life Sciences major
Las Vegas, Nevada
What was your job in the military?
What was the best part of serving in the military?
The best part of serving in the military is meeting the true one percent of this country; the men and women who chose to serve something larger than themselves. They are the most diverse group of people in the world. The people you serve with - that is the best part of serving in the military.
What does it mean to be a Veteran at UF?
Like the US Army, UF is an elite institution. It means the world to me to be able to continue being surrounded by amazing human beings. My parents always told me that you are the company you keep. Being a Veteran on this campus means that I have at least a small chance of living my dreams, because of the network and education I am receiving.
What is something that not many people know about you?
My service dog and I were named a top ten finalist for 2018 Student Veteran of the Year through the organization, Student Veterans of America. I am very proud of that achievement, because I entered higher education in my 30's, with a family, and many disabilities. We overcame the odds.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
I dedicate my life to helping Veterans and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. The military helped me find my purpose, and it gave me the skills and capacity to live that purpose.
BEST food you ate in the military?
Iraqi bread and tea. There is no comparison.
WORST food you ate in the military?
Is there anything you want the UF campus and community to know about Veterans?
Student Veterans perform exceedingly well in higher education, as found through a Student Veterans of America study of over 900,000 VA records for their National Veteran Education Success Tracker research. They graduate with high GPA's, they bring world experience to the classroom, and are natural leaders on campus. Student Veterans enhance the education experiences for their peers, professors, and faculty.