The Dayton Veterans Administration Medical Center (DAVMC) and Wright-Patt Air Force Bass (WPAFB) hosted a Heroes Recognizing Heroes event to recognize the valiant service of the men and women who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom who were on active duty, guard and reserve of all branches of the military, veterans and their families.
Dayton Medical Center Director, Guy Richardson greeted guests and opened the ceremony with words explaining the scope of VA care that includes not only the veterans but the family as a whole.
As Keynote Speaker Tech Sgt. Nicholas Shuman (ret) stepped to the microphone he was greeted to the cry of, “Hi Daddy” from his son in the audience.
Shuman was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from his tour of duty in Iraq. He shared his story with the audience. He said, “My story is a success story for the Wounded Warrior Program to help veterans.”
In a telephone interview Shuman commented, “The TAPS program made me aware of the need for a good resume’ and with employers teaching you what to expect during the interview process.” He continued, “Things like, what the employer looks for on a resume and what the employer expects.”
Sergeant Shuman told of how the whole thing is pretty overwhelming and said, “The Wounded Warrior Program gave me a contact point to assist me when the transition was getting rough.” “They found me a job when I needed one.”
He continued with, “The employers know they can trust a recently released veteran is drug free and will be at work on time.” He concluded, ‘”I just wanted to get the word out that there is a lot of stuff out there that veterans don’t even know about.”
At the conclusion of the heroes recognizing heroes ceremony Shuman was passed a DVAMC memorial coin by Medical Center Director Guy Richardson.
Refreshments were served after the ceremony and were provided by the Veterans Canteen Service, Jim City Barbecue, Chick-Fil-A, Texas Roadhouse and Subway.
For more information visit; www.va.dayton.gov
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