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From Veterans, To Veterans: William Rivera

From Veterans, To Veterans: William Rivera

As we conclude our Veterans Appreciation Month, we would like to highlight the vast accomplishments of William Rivera, Company 1st Sergeant and Senior Enlisted Personnel Administrator of the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years.  His over two decades of military experience has made him an outstanding and resourceful member of our DVOP team.

When asked what his most rewarding moment of being a part of the DVOP team, Bill said that there were many, emphasizing how useful the program can be.  One day, a disabled veteran came to his office seeking work as a Master’s Degree Level counselor, specializing in children and adolescents.  She was graduating with 60 other graduates in a week and then going on to seek employment in this very narrow field – the Tampa Bay Area offers about 10 of these positions on an annual basis.  We got together, tweaked her resume and practiced “mock interviews” for about 3 days in a row. The results? She received the job offer and obtained it for 45K starting position.

Bill says this has confirmed the reason why he chose to get into this filed of work.  She got that job in just one week because of collaboration with Bill and his team in this truly challenging, extremely difficult job market.

Excitedly, Bill exclaimed that it was a “GREAT DAY!!”  Thank you, William, for your service to our country and our veterans, both in and out of the military.

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