Please find me up to 10 examples of people who were in the U.S. military and used that experience to help them in their post-service lives.

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Please find me up to 10 examples of people who were in the U.S. military and used that experience to help them in their post-service lives.

Thank you for your question about 10 examples of people who were in the US military and used that experience to help themselves in their post-service lives. The best sources I saw to answer your questions are and Fortune. The short answer is that 10 examples of people who used their military experience to better their post-military lives are Phyllis Newhouse, Dawn Halfaker, Louisa Long Jaffe, Tracey Lloyd, Ginger Miller, Col. Deborah Scott Thomas, Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Raquel Riley Thomas, Sonia Kendrick and Stacey Young-McCaughan.
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My research for successful veterans whose military experience helped them achieve a successful post-service life turned up a lot of results. I focused on women and selected prominent women with diverse backgrounds that have been able to achieve this feat.


Phyllis Newhouse founded Xtreme Solutions, a multi-million dollar information service provider company based in Atlanta. The company has been ranked as one of the 50 fastest growing woman owner companies in North America.
Phyllis is a service disabled veteran, which makes this feat even more remarkable. She was a recipient of a Womenetics POW! Award in 2014.
According to her, her military experience in planning, talent development, finance, leadership, and strategic road-mapping helped her establish and grow her business.

Dawn's career in the military ended in 2004 after she lost an arm to a grenade attack in Iraq. Having held several leadership posts in the military prior to that, she put her experience to use and founded a professional services and technology firm in Arlington. In its first year, the company, Halfaker and Associates, earned $300,000 in revenue. Today, the company's annual revenue stands at $25m, and the company employs 125 people.
She has won several awards such as the "White House "Champions of Change" award, a "Woman in Technology Leadership Award" and a Castle Connolly "National Health Leadership Award."
According to her, the injury she sustained in combat helps her stay focused and resilient.

After a 28 years career with the military, Louisa used the experience and skills she gained in the military to co-found Technical and Project Engineering (TAPE) with her husband. The company is at the top spot of Inc's fastest growing company and was recognized as the largest veteran-owned company in 2015. The company is highly innovative and has won the Smart CEO's Future 50 award a number of times.
Jaffe has won a number of personal awards, including the White House "Champion of Change" award.

Tracey Lloyd accepted a job as a manager in Wal-Mart after her tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 where she served as a communication system manager for the military. She quickly rose through the rank in the corporate world and became a senior director and district manager, leading Wal-Mart's small store's expansion in the Atlanta area in 2014.
She worked for another two years before she left Wal-mart in 2016 and became Operating Vice President Bloomingdale's in February 2016, a post she continues to hold till date.
In her 2014 interview with Fortune, she said that the experience and humility she gained leading soldiers that have been in the military even before she was born helped her be a good leader in the corporate world.

Ginger Miller served for only 4 years in the military before she received a medical discharge after she was first involved in a serious car accident and then her 17-ft cabin boat was swamped, leading to severe injuries and her discharge. The fact she was married to a veteran suffering from PTSD who had resigned from the military and lost his job also complicated matters and they soon became homeless. She was working 3 jobs at some point as well in order to take care of her child and husband. She was also able to enroll into college with the help of a VA program and gained a job with JP Morgan afterward.
After 2 years working for JP Morgan, she left to pursue her desire to help veterans. She launched a non-profit, John 14:2, dedicated to helping some of the 55,000 veterans that are homeless every day in the US. She soon launched Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), a division of John 14:2 dedicated to helping women in a similar situation as she was after she left the military, and WVI has become very popular today. Her efforts were recognized nationally and she won a White House award, as well as an award from the government of Maryland.

Col. Deborah retired as a colonel after serving the Airforce Reserve for 30 years. She founded the Data Solution and Technology incorporated in 1994. The company provides "a full spectrum of Solutions in Information Technology, Logistics & Operations, Management Support, and Scientific & Technology." The skills and experience she gained in the military helped her grow the company, and today, the company has 425 employees. She has worked for Fortune 100 companies as well as for small businesses. Col. Deborah has won several awards over the years, including "the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency's National Abe Venable Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement award; the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Trailblazers award; the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Bridging the Gap Achievement Award; the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) Eleanor J. Williams Bronze Eagle Award; the MEA Magazine’s 50 Women of Power in Business; and the Legacy of Leadership Award from Spelman College."
She was named as one of the 25 most influential black women in 2011 by Inc. Magazine.

Graciela served actively in the Air Force for 9 years in 4 continents. She is a highly decorated veteran best known today as an award-winning author and for her advocacy for special needs children. She is a bilingual author and speaker, as well as the president of "Gracefully Global Group LLC, the veteran-owned educational publishing & multicultural marketing firm creating award-winning innovation,entrepreneurship & leadership literature that showcases the positive contributions of Latinos in the USA."
Her book Latinnovating was awarded the best business book and she was a keynote speaker alongside the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Green Schools National Conference.

Racquel was honorably discharged as a captain in 2002 after serving 9 years in the military. She was decorated 5 times while serving in the military. Shortly afterward, she established "An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, which has eight subsidiaries: Mrs. Pennsylvania America Pageant, Mrs. District of Columbia America Pageant, Mrs. Delaware America Pageant, Little Miss PA America, Little Miss DC America, Little Miss DE America, Little Miss Maryland, and Little Miss Virginia." She is the first and only African-American to own 3 pageants within the Mrs. America organization.
She is also a Pageant Queen, winning the Mrs.Maryland America in 2010 and the first Runner Up Mrs. America in 2011.
Recently, she has been involved in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a way of honoring her mother who took her own life.
Ebony Magazine named her "Leader of the Future" and she was nominated for Veteran of the Year by Women's Veteran Rock.

Sonia served in the army for more than a decade. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 where "she guarded the gates and worked on Refuel On The Move operations fueling combat aircraft."
In 2011, she founded Feed Iowa First, a non-profit dedicated to feeding the over 400,000 Iowans that are food insecure. Her experience in Afghanistan where she witnessed food insecurity during the war was what prompted her to establish the non-profit when she learned that 400,000 people in Iowa were food insecure and that the state imports 90% of its food. The nonprofit has grown and donated tens of thousands of pounds of vegetables to the hungry and made food easily accessible to the homeless, disabled, and seniors. According to her biography on Feed Iowa First, "Sonia sits on Linn County’s food systems council, is a Sister of the Planet for Oxfam and helped found the Women’s Veteran Farmer Coalition in Iowa. She’s been honored nationally as one of 10 local leaders who are Women Veteran Leader “Champions of Change.”

Stacey Young-McCaughan served in the US military for 29 years before becoming a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, where she also serves as director of the STRONG STAR Consortium (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience). The group works on developing and evaluating "the most effective early interventions possible for the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related behavioral health conditions in active-duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans."
With the expertise she acquired during her 29 years as an officer with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, including key leadership appointments related to research and evidence-based practices, she now plays an important role in military-relevant and ethical research.

To wrap it up, 10 examples of people who used their military experience to better their post-military lives are Phyllis Newhouse, Dawn Halfaker, Louisa Long Jaffe, Tracey Lloyd, Ginger Miller, Col. Deborah Scott Thomas, Graciela Tiscareno-Sato, Raquel Riley Thomas, Sonia Kendrick and Stacey Young-McCaughan.
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