Veterans Day blog: James Jensen on Hire Heroes
I enlisted into the United States Army as an infantryman in April 2007. I had no idea how long I was going to serve; all I knew is that I wanted to serve my country. There are a lot of guys who join because it’s their only choice or as a means to pay for college. Then you have guys who just join because they feel it’s the right thing to do. My dad always told me his biggest regret was not serving at least the minimum time of service in the military. My father’s influence had a lot to do with me enlisting, as well as my desire to push myself further than I ever thought I could.
My transition from military to civilian life was definitely challenging. It took me almost six months to get a decent job at Best Buy. I was nervous in crowds and driving was a nightmare due to my experiences hitting several IEDs in Afghanistan. I still have flashes here and there where I am on edge or very aware of my surroundings, but I have learned to handle it.
I have so much appreciation for Hire Heroes USA after my experience transitioning and my difficulty in finding a job. Hire Heroes USA is proactive with military members that are transitioning to civilian life. The organization helps identify strengths and weaknesses and uses those to help veterans find a successful and lasting career. I would definitely encourage transitioning veterans to take advantage of Hire Heroes USA, as it can save a lot of stress and alleviate the thoughts of what you are going to do to provide for your family.
Veterans Day, and really the whole month of November, is a special time for me. Not only because I am a veteran, but also because the entire nation comes together to remember what thousands of men and women have done for this country. “All gave some, but some gave all.” The men and women who gave their lives for this country — such as my friend Doug Green — deserve to be honored on this day. This country would not be here today without the sacrifices of these brave men and women.
My transition from military life into NXT has been really smooth. It’s amazing because of the structure provided. Every day of training is planned out to the smallest detail. Our coaches are involved in every detail of training and developing NXT Superstars. The atmosphere is military-like in a sense: training every day, a strict schedule to follow, and leaders (coaches) to teach and mentor you along the way. It’s been a great fit for me.