At 180 Medical, we always make it a point to recognize Veterans Day, as a way to honor those who have served our great nation. We are fortunate to have quite a few veterans on staff, including our CEO, and we want to honor and thank them for all they do.
This year, a couple of our veterans employed at 180 Medical graciously volunteered to do a quick interview about their time in service and how it changed their lives.
Patrick, Network Development Manager
Pat, why did you pick the service branch you joined?
The Air Force was the only choice for me. I associated technology with that service branch, and I wanted to be involved with that. So I decided I’d serve my country for 4 years, and it ended up being 23 great years of service.
What was your favorite place to be stationed during your service?
My favorite place was definitely England. I loved that country; there was so much to see. The British people were so nice to us Americans. I also played soccer for the AF and was able to travel in Europe to play other military teams in Spain, Germany, and France.
Do you feel the skills you learned in the Air Force have served you after that time?
Definitely. The skills I learned in the AF directly prepared me for my job here at 180 Medical. Working as a Contractor, I use all of the sales skills that a recruiter would use. I am able to negotiate contracts and reach out to health plans and show them the many features and benefits 180 Medical has, just like I did as a recruiter. Plus, in the military, you gain a certain amount of discipline and skills very early on.
I feel like I owe much of my success to the Air Force. Being in the service allowed me to live a good life, raise two sons, travel, and it even paid for my college degree. I can’t say enough good things about it. In fact, my youngest son joined up this year and is training to become a Cyber Security Specialist at age 18. It makes me very proud to see him serve his country too.
Kathy, Billing Specialist
Kathy, why did you choose to join the military?
I needed to learn responsibility and commitment in a safe environment. I met some other women who had just recently joined the Air Force, and they talked to me about enlisting. I wasn’t an athletic person, so I was a bit concerned about the physical requirements, but they assured me I would be a good fit. I was scared when I arrived at basic in Lackland AFB, TX, but that dissipated pretty quickly because I grew to love the structure of the day of basic training.
How did your experiences during that time affect your life?
Besides the pride I feel in serving my country, I feel like the Air Force has been one of the best decisions of my life. The lessons of personal responsibility, loyalty, integrity, discretion, and perseverance through tough times have greatly influenced me to this day. When I first started working here at 180 Medical, I was very much out of my comfort zone with learning about billing, but I can say that my training and experiences in the Air Force have greatly helped me.
I know without a doubt that the ability to adapt and overcome, which I learned in the Air Force, has helped me in many ways, personally and professionally. Being in the military has given me a completely different perspective on life, and for that, I am truly grateful.
It’s not easy to sum up in just a few words the great weight and importance of everything that our veterans have done for our country and for us. How do we possibly fully thank them for all they sacrifice? We are truly fortunate to live in a great country, thanks to the freedoms for which our veterans and soldiers have fought and continue to serve and protect.
So, from all of us at 180 Medical, we are thinking of our nation’s veterans and all they contribute to us every day. Thank you for your service to our country!