BJ is a Certified Veteran's Service Officer and assists businesses with establishing veteran-oriented initiatives, developing educational planning tools, and helping Human Resources Departments to understand the nuances of hiring and working with veterans.
"Everything that has ever meant anything in my life has come from putting myself in uncomfortable and hard situations."
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"I got kicked out of college, but don't worry Mom,
I joined the Marines."
I remember calling my mother one evening when I was 19 years old to tell her that after my first year of college I had been put on academic probation. I was what you would refer to as a rather rambunctious and social young man, and had enjoyed the freedoms that college life had introduced. As a result of a few too many social gatherings, and thereby lack of participation in the actual classroom, it was apparent that college and I were not compatible at that time.
I had messed up, but I was determined to make it on my own, so I concocted a back-up plan. Even though I would have been voted the least likely person to join the military by my high school class, I walked into the recruiters' office and signed my name on the dotted line.
Wausau Police Dept.
Breakthru Beverage Group
Holidays for Heroes
"BJ's consultation and advice was invaluable as I developed and implemented my Veteran-focused nonprofit organization. From feedback and guidance related to product design and marketing, to thoughts about how to offer our product to meet the needs of the Veteran population, he was knowledgeable and respectful throughout the process."
"In developing the concept for Peace of Adventure, BJ was instumental in identifying veteran needs not currently being met and communicating those needs with a level of professionalism and understanding for those unfamiliar with his area of expertise. Not only does he share knowledge from his own personal experience, he has committed his life to continued education to better serve his constitutents in their lives."
- Kyle Thomas,
Peace of Adventure
-Dr. Heidi Sigmund, President
Cover Me Veterans
Psychologist & Veteran Advocate
In cooperation with PetSmart Charities and the Blue Buffalo Foundation, Service Dogs for Heroes was able to raise $1.4 million during the month of June to help achieve our mission of connecting veterans with high-quality service dogs.
I am honored to be included in 'Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors', a series of portraits painted by President George W. Bush. Each portrait includes the personal story of a veteran that President Bush has come to know through the Warrior Open and the W100, both events hosted by President Bush. All proceeds from the sale of the book directly benefit veterans through the Bush Presidential Center's Military Service Initiative.
"The only thing I can't do on this foot is grow toenails."