Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TEEX #WomenStepUp: Jennifer Linnell, Veterans Program Coordinator

Jennifer Linnell at Texas
 State Capitol for
Women Veterans Day
I have always been a very motivated and persistent person. When I joined the Navy, my recruiter really pushed me to excel. She was a builder in the Navy and had overcome a lot to reach her goals. She told me that the rate I had chosen was mostly male-dominated, but not to let that get me down—to use it as fuel to light my fire and to keep pushing. She wrote to me every week while I was at boot camp. I would like to have the same effect on the women that I work with at TEEX. My goal is to always serve those who serve.

When I came out of the Navy, I felt like I could do anything. I would like to help all the female veterans who pass through my doors to also feel empowered by their training and believe in themselves. I can use all the resources that TEEX and the Veterans programs have to help these veterans to find new careers in whatever they choose--male-dominated or not.

Today I was able to attend the first ever #WomenVeteransDay on the front steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin. While I watched the crowd and listened to the speakers, I received even more motivation.

When women help each other, we all rise.

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