Sergeant Julie Hicks
Veteran | 20 years in the U.S. Army
What is your perspective of patriotism?
Patriotism is learning to love the country in which I served for 20 years despite its shortcomings. It means being able to teach my children not to lose faith in our justice system. It means teaching them to fight against injustice with words and knowledge. This country is far from perfect, but the people that live in it are well worth the sacrifice. Patriotism means treating the persons that have served with honor and respect.
What do you do, post active duty?
I currently work at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA Rock Mountain Network). I am an Administrative Officer in Supply Chain Management. I am also the President of the VA Rock Mountain Network Employee Association.
What advice would you give to others transition into civilian life?
This next phase of life is important to make a goals list. Start with a well-thought-out plan. Research the possible career choice if you chose to work. Consider the education and experience you will need to attain your career choice. Consider volunteering in your chosen field or doing a job shadow. This will give you a better idea of whether you want to do this for the next phase in your life.
What are things that people should consider before they decide to serve their country?
The first and only consideration is what freedom means to you! How will serving in the military change your life, habits, and outlook? Then you can truly “be the change you want to see in the world.”