NAVSUP Guest Speaker Shares Wounded Warrior Experiences

Story Number: NNS101015-16Release Date: 10/15/2010 3:38:00 PM
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By Debbie Dortch, Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate Communications

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Headquarters personnel welcomed a former Marine Corps sergeant Oct. 13 as part of its Professional Speakers Forum, which aims to educate the workforce via new perspectives.

Coinciding with National Disability Awareness Month, former Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Simms spoke about his personal experiences in the Marine Corps and his experience in Fallujah, Iraq, as a gunner.

On July 1, 2004, Simms fell victim to enemy attack, leaving his hands and face with 2nd and 3rd degree burns and his right leg with bullet and shrapnel wounds. After immediate medical attention, he was transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he began his long road to recovery, which included 23 surgeries, numerous skin grafts, and extensive physical therapy.

While at Camp Lejeune, Simms was approached by a representative from the Navy's Human Resources Service Center (HRSC), who encouraged him to pursue a Navy civilian career. As a result, Simms now works for HRSC's Wounded Warrior program, helping other wounded veterans find federal employment.

"I help them with resumes, tell them how to apply for jobs, and provide interviewing tips," said Simms. "Most of our wounded veterans are young adults looking for stable careers and a new path ahead. My job is to show where that path is and how to make it down that path."

"Hearing Sgt. Simms story was very enlightening and provided great insight into the personal challenges facing our military members who have been hurt in the line of duty," said Elizabeth Haldeman, NAVSUP's Total Force director. "I think all in attendance were inspired by his determination to overcome his injuries and conquer a new career, while at the same time encouraging others to do the same. Our wounded warriors have a lot to offer in the federal workplace and we would be remiss to overlook the skills and abilities they bring to the workforce."

NAVSUP's primary mission is to provide U.S. naval forces with quality supplies and services. With headquarters in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and employing a diverse, worldwide workforce of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel, NAVSUP oversees logistics programs in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security assistance. In addition, NAVSUP is responsible for quality of life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods.

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