For six years Reese has been a fixture at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fla. While deployed in Iraq, he assisted soldiers from the helicopter to the emergency room. Today, he visits patients and their loved ones—providing hope when they may have lost it.
How did you transition from 32 years in the military to what you do now? After retiring, I needed something to do. I found myself visiting a local hospital waiting room, serving coffee and praying for family members of patients—eventually, praying with patients themselves. Months later, I had a chance encounter with the senior chaplain. He asked if I’d volunteer in the Spiritual Care Department, and I agreed. When his position became available, I was selected to assume that role.
How does your background help you unlock possibilities? Being an active listener is important, and I learned this in Iraq when I was asked to just sit and talk with the soldiers. To my fellow veterans entering the workforce, I’d suggest using your education, training and military experience to help you identify a new career.