Military Appreciation Month: Meet Louis

When Louis separated from the Air Force, his experience reflected that of many transitioning service members: he didn’t know where to begin in his civilian career search.

As he looked toward his civilian life, his biggest concern was finding a career related to his military experience. Louis specialized in aircrew operations during his four years in the Air Force, but he couldn’t find work that matched his previous experience.

Louis also felt the required transition programs he attended did not give him adequate preparation. “I didn’t feel prepared nor comfortable to go out and find a job. It felt more like a checklist item to check off than quality coaching,” Louis explained. “Before Hire Heroes USA, I was unable to create a quality resume, and I had no direction on where to look for quality careers. I was undervaluing experience, my skill sets and my ambitions.”

Once Louis signed up for services with Hire Heroes USA, his life changed. “I was given the tools to market myself—build a strong resume, find the opportunities that were right for me and I received coaching for interviews. The culmination of the assistance provided through Hire Heroes USA enabled me to find multiple life-changing opportunities.”

Louis’ Transition Specialist Mike was integral to his success. “I can’t express how grateful I am to have worked with my Transition Specialist. Mike asked the right questions—he helped me draft a resume, gave me resume/application/interview advice, and helped me realize that my experience was not only marketable, it was valuable,” said Louis. “Mike encouraged me every step of the way. His guidance put me on a trajectory that has altered my life immensely.”

Thanks to Louis and Mike’s partnership, Louis accepted a role as a Purchasing Support Specialist at General Atomics. Finding a rewarding civilian career has provided Louis with a new purpose and a positive outlook on this new chapter.  

This Military Appreciation Month, honor service members and veterans like Louis with the gift of empowerment and professional success. Donate today.