We Are O.NE. Series. Let’s make this a place where I get to be me and you get to be you. Let’s make this a place where together, we are O.NE. Put your hands in the middle and share your story.
Each one of our world views is shaped by our lived experiences. However, understanding what others experience is vital to engaging with those around us and in our community. One of my biggest motivators for helping others is listening to their stories and developing empathy. From a young age, I was taught to help those who needed help, in whatever way I could. This internalized sense of brotherhood with members of my community constantly drives me to be a servant for those in the Omaha community.
I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, but my time in the Air Force, which gave me the opportunity to leave the state for some time, truly gave me a sense of gratitude for my state. When I was brought back to Nebraska while stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, the Omaha community became my home. Omaha is the perfect blend of living somewhere with most of the amenities of a larger city, but without sacrificing what is known here as “Nebraska Nice”.
Though Omaha is not my hometown, I am now proud to call myself an Omahan.
How do you make a difference in this community?
I currently work at the Nebraska Department of Labor as a Veteran Workforce Coordinator. In this position, I am able to work with veterans who have significant barriers to employment – homelessness, poverty, disability and being previously incarcerated, just to name a few. As a veteran, I am able to communicate with veterans through some shared experiences and help them with both employment readiness and veteran issues alike.