Top Secret Messenger

November 11th is Veteran’s Day and with what seems like endless wars around the world, it’s a good time to recognize our men and women in uniform.  

Largest Base in the Navy

Some of you may not know that I was in the Navy and although I didn’t serve for long it was quite an experience.  I learned how to drive a stick shift in the Navy.  I was assigned to a base in the Mojave Desert in California as a radiowave and one of my jobs was to deliver secret and top secret messages around the base to high ranking officials. And then pick them up and destroy them.  This was the age of teletypes and other archaic communication methods.  Am I giving away my age? To do the delivery I needed a vehicle as the base, called China Lake, was the largest Naval base by land mass.  

Grind a Pound for Me

So my CO took me out, showed me my truck, gave me a map and said “see ya later”.  One look at the truck and I realized it was a stick shift, so I yelled to the CO, “I don’t know how to drive a stick shift” and he yelled back “anyone with any intelligence can drive a truck”.  Luckily I had a boyfriend in high school that had started to show me how to drive a stick so I understood the concepts.  All I can say is it was a good thing it was a truck and I was in the desert because the amount of gears I ground, the number of times I stalled, and the amount of time I spent in the sand rather than the road still makes me groan.  But I learned how to drive a truck that day.

OSDTN to the Rescue

I, like most people who served in the military, learned a lot of new and valuable skills.  Which is great since many of the people who serve in the military start right after high school and don’t have a lot of jobs skills when they enlist.  But unfortunately many veterans are unemployed or underemployed because they do not know how to translate their military skills to civilian life.  But there is a great local non-profit, Operation Stand Down, that can help.

Career Services

Operation Stand Down provides veterans with job placement assistance, computer training, resume development, professional development workshops, interview preparation, and budget counseling. Once a client secures employment, an employment counselor provides them with items that will contribute to their success at a new place of employment. These items include work boots, tools and equipment, bus passes or gas cards to help with transportation, and any specialized clothing.

A Great Employee

Gaining employment or getting a better job has a huge impact on a veterans life.  And hiring a veteran has many benefits to an employer.  Veterans are loyal employees, take their job seriously, have a can do attitude and learn new skills quickly.  They have a background of meeting deadlines, reaching goals and working as a team.  All the making of an excellent employee.

You Can Help

Operation Stand Down also provides a myriad of other services including transitional housing for homeless vets and assistance to prevent homelessness.  See their website at  Please consider supporting our veterans by supporting Operation Stand Down.  Donations of course are very welcome but contact them to offer employment to a vet, to volunteer, or to host a table at their annual Heroes Breakfast.

If you know anyone who is looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate please let me know.  I have lots of great skills and experience to help them with all their needs.


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