Veteran Spotlight: Jacquelyn Jones
"The military is a flexible and ever-changing environment, and you must be willing to do the same. My ability to be flexible has made me successful in my career.”
Tell us about your time serving in the military. What branch did you serve and how long did you serve?
I joined the Army when I was 25 years old. I wanted to join fresh out of high school but since my father was not aware of the benefits the Military could offer and suggested I attend college instead. I always had a fascination with the military since my days of ROTC in high school. I was proud to serve in the Army for 23 years. During my military career, I served in the Financial Management Branch.
How has being a veteran impacted your career?
Being a veteran has impacted my career in so many ways. I was able to obtain great skills from the military. I think the best skills I have learned are teamwork and discipline. I love how working in a team test so many areas of my life such as creativity, skills, and discipline to work with so many different personalities. I also feel like flexibility and leadership have also been a cornerstone to my career.
What part of your military career has made you successful in your career?
The military is a flexible and ever-changing environment, and you must be willing to do the same. My ability to be flexible has made me successful in my career. I also feel that a dedication to life-long learning has also impacted me in my career. I have learned so many valuable skills in my career and serving in the military. Leadership is an invaluable skill that I learned while serving.
Why is Veterans Day important to you?
Veterans Day is important to me because it is a day of reflection. Most people look at it as another day off, but it is a day to thank a veteran for all the sacrifices they have made for the country and the citizens. It is also a day of appreciation to service members. I love it when the community gives back to veterans.
What does it mean to be a veteran?
A veteran is someone who has sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States, as well as served the nation selflessly to protect the nation and its people.