James O. (2/9/17): By the way, I wanted to thank you and Mt Carmel. I’ve been fighting my issues for several months being bounced from one place to the next with no end in sight. After meeting with you guys this morning I feel a sense of ease and feel I’m headed in the right direction. Thank You
Danny N. (10/24/16): I, Danny Nguyen, retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service. Prior to taking TAPS for my transition, I did not know that Mt Carmel was available to help transition from the military to civilian. They came to TAPS course both at USAFA and Schriever (the ones I attended) to discuss their services. A representative also came to PrepConnect course to talk to the class and to help with mock interviews. I was assigned an advisor at Mt Caramel and he contacted me almost every week to check on my progress and if I needed any support from him during the job search. It was only because of Mt Carmel’s amazing support with networking events, mock interviews, resume writing, certification support, and lots of other services along with caring for veterans that I was able to get a Federal Civil Service job as Homeland Security Coordinator in an Emergency Preparedness Unit in Denver. It was a position that I did not even apply for, but through Mt Carmel’s networking events, my resume was seen by a hiring manager and they contacted me directly for the position. My Carmel helped fund an IT certification that helped my resume stand out with the hiring managers. Mt Carmel is a truly professional organization that is vital to supporting the military and veterans transition from the military. I can’t say Thank You enough to everyone at the organization for helping me transition!
Torri M. (8/11/16): Aaron Kiewicz was my Peer Navigator through a tough military transition and a dark time in my life. Suffering from chronic PTSD and a court-martial he was always available and offering support even when I said I was good but was really not. Even after my separation he has stayed in touch and been supportive. He got me enrolled in Hire Heroes that actually assisted me with finding employment in another state. He even reviewed and personally edited my resume. Having little clothes Aaron also procured resources to get me business casual outfitted for my new job. He provided an ear for me to vent when I had no other outlet. I can honestly say that the Peer Navigator program and Aaron saved my life.
Patrick G. (8/31/16): I just wanted to thank you (Aaron) and the Peer Navigators for the incredible support and assistance you have provided me since retiring from the AF earlier this year. Specifically; you (Aaron) assisted me with writing a professional resume, found and presented a job offer, prepared me for the interview process, financed appropriate attire and continued to remain in contact with me. During my transition from the military to the private sector your company completely eliminated the stress involved with seeking employment and for that I am truly grateful. Thank you, Patrick.
Denitas F. (7/28/16): My Peer Navigator experience was outstanding, and I would highly recommend them to other service members who are transitioning into the civilian world. I must say that I was probably quite a challenge to prepare for an interview, but Aaron and the team was patient and determined to help me master my interviewing skills. This team truly cares about you as a person and helping you succeed. The company also assisted me in getting business attire for my interviews, which helped out tremendously. This is a great program for transitioning veterans, and without their help I would still be without a job. Thank you Peer Navigator Team!
Quentin C. (6/7/16): Peer Navigators was instrumental in my transition process. They provided exactly what I needed to assist in my transition out of the military. They provided me with multiple mock interviews. These helped me identify certain weaknesses that I was able to fix and utilize in my final mock interview. They were able to provide me with resume assistance from Hire Heroes, which automatically made me more marketable. Finally, the networking events were a great way for me to meet potential employers and become used to discussing jobs and giving my personal statement to people. Peer Navigators is an invaluable resource that all veterans need to utilize as they transition out of the military. The tools, resources and networking they provide will maximize your marketability and assist in finding employment.
Isabelle Dominique R. (6/28/16): The program primarily helped me focus on specific transition targets, with resume revisions and formatting (that I used for all future revisions/job application submissions), and in preparing for the interviews (particularly the Booz Allen one). It was especially helpful to have someone local to talk to throughout the transition, even if we only chatted periodically.
Christina M. (4/21/16): I recently transitioned from the U.S. Army about five months ago. In early November 2015, I was I was enrolled in an Advanced Veteran Transition Assistance Course, PrepConnect 360. On day four of this particular course, during the mock interview portion, I was introduced to Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence. I was afforded the opportunity to not only interview with one Peer Navigator, but three different Peer Navigators at two separate interview tables. Since those first two mock interviews, I sought additional help through one of their Peer Navigators to continue improving my transitional skills. Not only have these experiences increased my confidence level for interviewing, but it has improved my targeted resume writing skills tremendously. Mt. Carmel has also provided me with the necessary tools and information to survive outside of my comfort zone, which happened to be the military lifestyle, where everything I did in my career was somewhat of a ‘cut and paste’ template, so to speak. Today, the shared knowledge continues to allow me to grow as a professional, has enabled me to expand my network at local networking events hosted by Mt. Carmel, and finally establish my personal brand.
Mario E. (4/21/16): My name is Mario, I just completed three years of active duty in the U.S Army. It was during that transition time from military to civilian, that I needed a mentor and an outreach program to help me find work and the resources to get started in school. Thanks to Mr. Martinez and Mt. Carmel I was able to write a resume, rehearse for a job interview, and get the job. I had a job waiting for me 2 months before I left the army. Thank you for your time and professionalism in making the transition not only smooth but successful.
Derek P. (4/21/16): My experiences with the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence and the Peer Navigators has continued to have significant and positive changes in my life. My initial appointment assuaged many of my concerns with transitioning from the military. Daniel helped me with developing and fine tuning my resume, which was critical to getting me three interviews with potential employers. David even helped provide assistance for uniforms that I wore to my new job. My experiences with Aaron and Jennifer have always been positive, entertaining, and professional. This organization has gone above and beyond my expectations as a veteran’s assistance program.
Joseph C. (4/21/16): While making the transition from military life to a civilian career, Mt. Caramel Center for Excellence was there to offer support. The dedicated staff know what it means to serve in the military. They care for veterans and are well equipped with the tools needed to offer meaningful assistance. Their networking events are entertaining and enjoyable yet serve a greater purpose by assisting veterans in connecting with employers. I highly recommend connecting with the people at the Mt. Caramel Center for Excellence and utilizing their services.
Kyle S. (4/21/16): Concern, knowledge, guidance, and resources. These are the four very practical, non-glamorous descriptors that come to mind for Mt. Carmel and Peer Navigators. When I first met with my Peer Navigator, I found him and his team to be genuinely concerned and interested in my situation. They listened and asked thoughtful questions to help determine my current state, and not just my employment status, but my emotional and physical state as well. While they’re not counselors or social workers, they worked right next door to these types of folks, and were clearly prepared to stick with me until all me needs were met, as best as possible. My Navigator helped me re-frame my job search, encouraged me and kept in touch with me, and I quickly found suitable employment. Additionally, Mt. Carmel funded me taking a certification test that cost $600, and put me in line for better employment opportunities! All in all, I’m very grateful and impressed with the Peer Navigator program. They meet Veterans right where they are, and look for ways to help, across the entire spectrum of needs. Thanks for the great work you do!
Dean M. (4/21/16): For a service member, no mission is more daunting than transition to civilian employment. With more than 25 years of service, and with less than a year till retirement, I met the Peer Navigators of the Mt Carmel Center of Excellence. Peer Navigator Aaron Kiewicz formed up on my wing and stayed with me to the very end: permanent civilian employment just over a year later. Leading to that point, Aaron and his team each contributed to my success in many ways — reaching out proactively and routinely to invite me to networking events, resume reviews, job interview preparation, VA benefits access and more. Ultimately, it was the personal relationship with Aaron and his team that resulted in a connection with my current employer. Long before that happened, I considered each of the Peer Navigators a personal friend.