As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to share a little bit about Aveanna team member and United States Navy veteran Robert Bowman.
When Rob joined the Navy in 1995, he found a sense of camaraderie and purpose that he had never felt before. “I was part of something bigger than myself,” Rob recalls. “I was making a difference every day. And while I was making a difference for my country, the military was making a difference in me.”
Rob grew in various ways during his time in the armed forces. He took college courses, earned his degree, and learned many valuable skills. But Rob gained more than practical experience and an education. “Serving in the military built a major sense of self-confidence in me,” Rob explains. “It helped me understand that even when times are hard, I can work through anything.”
That particular lesson stayed with Rob when he retired from the service and faced the new challenge of finding a career as a veteran. “The transition out of the military and into civilian life was a little scary at first,” Rob admits. “In many ways, the Navy was all I knew. But it prepared me well for the future. I was confident in the skills and lessons I had learned, and I knew that I wanted to continue helping others.”
Rob now uses the lessons he learned in the military to support Aveanna’s patient families and caregivers as one of our recruiting team leads. In his current position, Rob is able to experience that familiar feeling of being part of something bigger than himself. “Recruiting nurses to go into homes to care for medically fragile children and adults allows me to continue to fulfill a greater purpose on a daily basis,” Rob says. “That’s what motivates my work each and every day.”
As a veteran, Rob continues to put others first and to serve with his whole heart. We are forever grateful and honored to have Rob and all of our other veterans on the Aveanna team who work so hard to serve our patients.
Thank you for your service, Rob, and Happy Veterans Day to you and every veteran for all you have done for our country.