Transitioning from military to civilian life can seem like a daunting task. After completing his service in the U.S. Army, John found himself struggling with the search for a professional career where he could transfer the skills he obtained during his time of service. That is why John decided to volunteer with the United Service Organization (USO) Pathfinder program. The USO Pathfinder program helps service members and military spouses plan for what’s next and connects them with the services, opportunities, and resources to support their successful transition.
John not only volunteers with USO Pathfinder, he was one of five original members that helped get the program started at the pilot site in San Antonio. He now volunteers at the Fort Belvoir office and provides assistance to transitioning service members with resumes, mock interviews, networking, and mentorship. John’s volunteer work allows him to give back and pay forward to acknowledge the incredible mentorship that he has received from fellow veterans in his own professional development.
He volunteers because the military community has a very special place in his heart. It allows him to continue the military camaraderie by sharing the knowledge from his very own transition into the civilian world.