Veteran Spotlight: Lynea Stoudemire
"Being a veteran has given me the foundation to adapt and change so that I do my best in every task that is asked of me. Even when I question myself, my resiliency kicks in and I know I can complete anything that comes my way".
Tell us about your time serving in the military. What branch did you serve and how long did you serve?
If you were to ask ANYONE in my family, they would have told you that I was the last person they expected to serve in the military. I was a “princess” who didn’t like to get dirty. I joined the Air Force Reserve because I wanted to finish college, but I also wanted to travel and see the world. I served for 25 years. Turns out I didn’t mind getting dirty and I was stronger than I thought I was.
How has being a veteran impacted your career?
Being a veteran has impacted my career because of the discipline, integrity, and mental stamina the military instills in you. Being a veteran has given me the foundation to adapt and change so that I do my best in every task that is asked of me. Even when I question myself, my resiliency kicks in and I know I can complete anything that comes my way.
What part of your military career has made you successful in your career?
The military is always changing. I think that aspect of being a veteran has made me the most successful in my career. Being able to adapt to changes in policy, employees and employers, and my working environment has been extremely helpful in my career.
Why is Veterans Day important to you?
Veterans Day is a time of reflection. It’s a time to think about my time of service and hope that I have made a positive impact on the people I have worked with and worked for. It’s also a time to reflect on the veterans who paid the ultimate price to serve our country. Not only the veterans who have lost their lives, but also the veterans whose mental and physical health have been compromised.
What does it mean to be a veteran?
To me, being a veteran means taking care of your fellow man. As a military member, we swore to protect the Constitution of the United States. A veteran protects the Constitution of the United States and does their best to take care of their fellow man as well.