Bernard Bergan: Serving Beyond The Uniform By Empowering The Veterans Community

Name: Bernard Bergan

Current Status: U.S. Army Veteran

Number Of Years In Service: 6

Rank At Time Of Discharge: Sergeant

Military Occupation Specialty: Information Technology Specialist

Post-Military Occupation: Author/Speaker & Technical Account Manager for Microsoft

Life After The Military: After six years of honorable service, Bernard was ready to see what was next in his life’s journey.

He was a member of the first graduating class of the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, a program the company created to help active duty service members develop the skills necessary for a career in the IT industry.

His family was the primary factor in his decision to make the transition out of the military, but he continues to serve beyond the uniform by empowering the Veterans community through his Veterans Speaker Series and Blogging for various platforms.

Bernard believes Veterans are the Key to Unlocking America’s Next Golden Age. This belief was part of his inspiration for writing “Veterans Transition: A Contact Sport,”  his newly released manual for service members and Veterans looking to self-assess their transitions journey and find purpose after military service.

To learn more about Bernard Bergan, you can find him here:


Transitioning Military Professional Looking To Break Into The Tech Industry

Name: Jesse Lott

Current Status: Retiring from the U.S. Army in May 2017

Number Of Years In Service: 20

Rank At Time Of Discharge: Sergeant First Class

Military Occupation Specialty: Air Traffic Control Specialist

Post-Military Goals: Jesse is a transitioning military professional looking to break into the tech industry with the stated goal of becoming a software developer.

Why Jesse’s Excited About The Tech Industry: Jesse likes the idea of taking something abstract and making it tangible. He sees technology as a way to help create more ease in people’s lives.

He recently completed an 18-week Microsoft Software and Systems Academy Cloud Application Developer program, an intensive course which qualifies Veterans for technical and leadership positions utilizing skills and tools that include: C#, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Azure, and XAML.

Jesse feels the MSSA program was a good starting point for his post-military career goals.

He is seeking an entry-level opportunity in the tech industry and is currently enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Technical Managment program to further his education and training in this field.

To learn more about Jesse’s experience and professional background, you can find a full profile for him on LinkedIn

Create A Successful Career Path As A Virtual Assistant Before Receiving Your DD214

By Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

I really wish I’d known about the world of virtual assisting and the many career opportunities that exist under this umbrella before I’d separated from the Army in 2012.

What’s great about this path is you can work from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection and a decent computer. This is a plus for those of you who are in the 6 month to 18 month range from transitioning out of the military because you can start setting yourself up for success in this industry prior to receiving your DD214. Continue reading

Hey, Entrepreneurs – What’s Your 90-Day Plan For Growth?

Story By: Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Photo By: Ashley Sirah Nicole Chea

Looking at all that I’ve accomplished in the last 90-days, there is much to be said about personal and professional development when you are embarking on something new.

Over the last 90-days I’ve learned how to create a website from scratch using WordPress; and from that website I’ve created a platform that assists Veterans in their personal and professional growth. Continue reading

The REAL Reason You Should Research Your Potential Employer

By: Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Photo By: Gratisography

You have finally come across the job of your dreams!

You meet all the requirements, it will be an increase in pay, and you will look very official with business cards and a swanky new job title.

Although everything seems great with the job itself, have you taken time to do a little research? Continue reading

VID Podcast 005: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Drake Reaux Helps Businesses Shape Their Online Identity

By: Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

Photos Provided by: Drake Reaux

History and mythology are filled with stories where commanders order their troops to burn all ships upon entering the land of opposing forces with the sole intent of conquering the land, or die trying.

IMG_2002This “Point of No Return” concept was instilled in Drake Reaux while serving in the Marine Corps and continues to serve him in his personal and professional life as a Veteran. Continue reading

Sergeants By Trade; Gifted For Life

By: Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

During my time in the Army, I had the honor of being surrounded by many artistically talented individuals; something I discovered while on a 15-month deployment to Camp Arifjan back in 2008.

Me, center, with some of the talented people I met in Kuwait.

Me, center, with some of the talented people I met in Kuwait.

During this time we were in the middle of preparing for the draw down in Iraq; while still heavily fighting in Afghanistan.

With Kuwait bordering Iraq and being a hop, skip, and jump away from Afghanistan by way of Iran, Camp Arifjan was very transient in nature. Military personnel from all over the world were constantly going to or coming from one of these two turbulent countries, with Kuwait being their pit stop in between. Continue reading