Well, I've been here for a total of 5 full days and it's been amazing. The diverse community, beautiful weather, and just being adventurous exploring new areas has been great. In just five short days I've reconnected with an old Air Force sister, been to two different beaches, and have toured almost a dozen homes to purchase. I'm excited to say we got the house we put a bid on!!!
But the best part so far was my first day of work today. I arrived at the VA early, and was greeted by Veterans and employees all around. When orientation started, the Director of HR had everyone introduce themselves and tell where they'd be working. Their last question was, "Are you a Veteran?" And if you said yes, an HR staff member came over and shook your hand and thanked you for your service. They then asked your branch of service and handed you a corresponding badge and pin for you to proudly wear. Mine looked like this:
I was so floored. My military service hasn't been understood by the civilian sector fully, which is totally understandable.
We then filled out some paperwork and it was time to give our oath. I hadn't done this since my last reenlistment back in 2007 and I immediately choked up. Such emotions went through me. The day continued on, and with each briefing we were asked the question, "Are you a Veteran?" and each time I raised my hand, I found myself sitting up a little straighter. For I've always felt my purpose was to serve, and now here I am…serving the Veteran community and in my favorite state.
Let the adventures continue!!!!