Lisa Dejonge served in the US Army for 4 years, and was a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Warfare Specialist 54B (now 74d) Sergeant (E-5), and is currently a program manager at AmericaServces Community of Practice at the Institute of Veterans and Military Families. Unite Us began through our partnership with IVMF and the growing AmericaServes networks that are transforming the way communities take care of Veterans and their families. We are honored and proud to play a role in this transformation and be part of the change our communities need.
Our interview with Lisa reminds us of what it means to serve our country. Whether it is in uniform or here back at home. We are all searching for that purpose.
Q. What are the reasons that you got into the work you're doing now?
A. When I was in the service I always felt like I had a purpose and I belonged to something bigger than myself. I am a caregiver by nature. Upon leaving the military and more than anything, that is what I missed the most. I needed to find a purpose again. Working for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) has given me that sense of purpose and belonging again. I know that the work I am doing is making a positive impact on the lives of service members, veterans and their families all over the country. I like belonging to a team, and I feel that what we are doing is ground-breaking. It is not being done anywhere else and I get to be a part of development of a ground breaking initiative that will change how services members, veterans and their families get connected to the services they need.
Q. What is a success story of helping another Veteran or Service Member?
A. There was a veteran moving from Rochester, NY to Raleigh, N. C. He had informed the veteran service officer that helped him with his benefits and disability claim. The veteran was hoping the veteran service officer would be able to link him to another service officer in Raleigh, NC. That way he would be able to pick up right where he left off when he got down there. Unfortunately, there is no process for when a veteran moves. Luckily, the Veteran Service Officer ‘s organization was a network provider in the Upstate, New York network and he knew there was another network in Raleigh, NC. I was able to connect the Veteran Service Officer and his client to the NCServes – Central Carolina network. The veteran was able to get connected to the new network when he arrived in North Carolina and referred to another veteran service agency. Since the veteran was starting all over in a new state, he also had some other basic needs like employment and peer support. The veteran was able to move to a new state, but not start all over.
Branch of Service: Army
Length of Service: 4 Years
When did you serve: 1999-2003
Where did you serve: I served in Camp Humphreys Korea and Fort Hood, Texas
Lisa, thank you for your service and continued to dedication. We have enjoyed working with you and the larger AmericaServes community. Thank you!
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