Heroes of Leidos: Jessica
Jessica served in the United States Navy from 2003-2011. She served in several roles while conducting anti-piracy operations and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which she says "had the biggest impact on my Navy career, as well as my life." Today, Jessica is based in San Antonio and is a Veteran Service Coordinator with QTC Medical Services.
Here are more details on her service and her thoughts on being a veteran:
Who or what inspired you to serve?
My dad and my sister, who both served in the U.S. Army. My father, for 21 years and my sister, for 8 years, who also served in Operation Enduring Freedom.
When you think back on your service, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
One of the best decisions that I ever made. I loved what I did.
What is your proudest moment as a veteran?
The gratitude I receive, from civilians as well as fellow vets.
Who influenced you the most during your time in the service, and why?
My family, especially my children. Everything I did and still do is for my kids. They look up to me and I want to be a good example for them.
What do you miss most about your time in service?
The traveling. I have been to many beautiful countries and I was fortunate to experience different cultures.
How did your service change you?
It made me more open-minded. I’ve also become more aware of my surroundings.
What does being a veteran mean to you?
It means being a great example to others. Helping others, even if they’re not from the same place you’re from.
What’s something you want people to know about veterans, that they might not know or realize?
You never know what a veteran has been through. Some of us have gone through some very tough experiences, while serving and it may be difficult for others to understand. I am a disabled vet and if you looked at me, you would never be able to tell. I don’t have any visible scars -- I have both of my arms and legs but not all traumas are physical.
Why is Leidos a good place to work for veterans?
I work with many veterans here at QTC Medical Services, so it is great to have co-workers that I can relate to when it comes to the military lifestyle and the transition into the civilian world.