Staff Spotlight: Veterans Day Edition

Veterans Day is an important opportunity for all to recognize the service members of our country and the invaluable work they do every day. At Remote Medical International, veterans are an important part of our staff and community. Given the often difficult environments in which we must evolve, the experience of our veterans makes the difference for our company and our customers. We also found that the leadership and team building skills that veterans bring to our team are invaluable no matter the role or situation.

We work hard to create a welcoming culture for those who have served in our armed forces and who celebrate their achievements and contributions. So, before Veterans Day this year, we spoke with three veterans who are currently working for Remote Medical International about their trip and why they chose to join our team.

Andy Kimmell

Branch: Army
Classification: Sergeant
Working seniority: 6 years
MOS: 68W W1 (Special Operations Combat Physician)
Current Position: Director of QHSSE

Q: What was the hardest in the transition from military life to civilian life?
A: The army offers a lot of structure and stability. what is expected of you. In civilian life, this can often be an unknown, especially when building a new program or implementing a project that has never been done before. Fortunately, the military also teaches you to be resourceful and adaptive, skills that can help you make that transition.

Q: What is there about Remote Medical International that makes it a welcoming environment for a veteran?
To: I think the most important thing is that this company recognizes the value that military service and training bring, not only to the execution of projects on the ground, but also to success in business. One of the most important things you deal with in the military, especially in special operations, is to maintain order when things are chaotic. It is a crucial skill when you work in medicine, especially in some of the most challenging environments where we operate, but it is also essential to make difficult professional decisions.

Q: If you could give advice to a member of the transition service, what would it be?
To: Listen. Listen, listen and hear everyone around you first. Learn the rules of the team, play within them and make the success of your team your success.

Marissa Perez

Branch: Army

Classification: First Lieutenant
Length of Service: 5 years active duty, 2 years reserve
MOS: 91A (Officer of Artillery)
Current position: Project Coordinator

Q: What was the hardest in the transition from military life to civilian life?
A: I think one of the biggest challenges was I would not understand how my military experience was relevant to them, and they would often see it as an "empty" place in my CV. The truth is that my time in the military challenged me to become a better leader and manager than almost anything I could have done else. I have learned how to assemble gigantic and complex projects and to ensure that they have succeeded with limited resources and under constantly changing circumstances. I have learned how to manage many different teams in difficult situations. I learned how to put my heart and soul to make things work. These are the types of skills that can be incredibly valuable assets for any employer.

Q: What is there about Remote Medical International that makes it feel like a welcoming environment for a veteran?
A: In the military, everyone is treated with respect based on the skills and the role they play in achieving something. I've found that with many civilian employers, this is just not the case. Instead, you are supposed to play a role, like acting "sweet" because of your gender. Remote Medical International has been a breath of fresh air. From the first day, my military service was considered an asset and I am not asked to be anything I am not. I know I can be a bad group leader because I see other women working here who are already doing it.

Q: If you could give advice to a member of the transition service, what would it be?
A: Your military experience is valuable and relevant. Do not let anyone tell you that it is not and absolutely do not let anyone tell you that you are worth less because of it. You are a trained, experienced and valuable professional.

Joel Walker

Branch: Navy
Classification: Petty Officer First Class – First Class
Term of Office: 20 years
] MOS: Head of a hospital
Current position: Medical Coordinator / Case Manager

Q: What was the hardest in the transition from military to civilian life?
A: In the army there is a sense of fraternity that you often miss in civil life. No matter where you went, you were part of this family. You knew that you had similar experiences, such as basic training and specific unit training, and you knew that a few years later you could work and live somewhere. It's hard to find that kind of feeling in the civilian world. People often focus only on their little piece of the puzzle, instead of doing everything in the same direction and doing all the right things to help each other and get the job done. You will see small groups of people going out together and doing things instead of the whole team. It can be very difficult to make this transition.

Q: What is there about Remote Medical International that makes it feel like a welcoming environment for a veteran?
A: People here can work at their strengths even if it's outside of their specific function. You do not feel stuck in a role, there are opportunities to try different things and to progress professionally in a way that takes advantage of your unique experience and abilities. You are asked to take the sight of 30,000 feet, not just to do your little bit, because the job here is to work together to help the company succeed.

Q: If you could give advice to a member of the transition service, what would it be?
A: Just like in the military, things can quickly change a civilian job. The work you have been hired is not necessarily the job you are going to integrate in the long run. The army teaches you to be adaptable, and that is a skill that you are going to want to be ready to apply.

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If you are a veteran looking for a job, or want to work in a place that honors our heroes, please check out our open opportunities.

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