U.S. Army, 10 years
Program Support Assistant
Health Care Retention and Recruitment Office
New Orleans, LA
When Brandon Williams walked into the VA for Vets Open House in New Orleans last summer, he was looking for a career beyond his current job in the trucking industry. Brandon, a disabled Veteran, was ready to put his driving days behind him and find a career that would better suit his needs and ambitions.
“I thought it was going to be a typical job fair, but the representatives at the event did more than talk,” Brandon recalled. “They welcomed me, walked up to me, shook my hand, and talked to me. They seemed determined to make sure I was in the best shape possible, from benefits to health care to employment.”
A VA for Vets coach talked to Brandon about his experiences in the Army and showed him how to highlight his military experience on a new civilian resume. Together, they worked through the Career Center’s online tools to help with Brandon’s job search.
“I thought the process was going to be hard, but it was easy—and at the same time, I had someone there to help me,” Brandon said.
He was interviewed by a recruiter at the event and began a new career with VA that same day. Brandon is now a program support assistant in VA’s Health Care Recruitment and Retention office and a full-time student working toward his college degree.
“My experience with VA for Vets reminded me that my 10 years of Army service means something to VA,” Brandon said. “Now I’m looking forward to being the representative who comes from behind the table and makes a difference in another Veteran’s life.”
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