After my discharge in February 2013, my family and I were settled in our home in Frazier Park, CA. I began the process of looking for work while continuing my education with DeVry. There was so much that I had to get used to being in the Civilian world. I was able to get our family financial secure with my Severance pay and after a great deal of issues with the VA, I we were able to sustain ourselves with my disability pay and the BAH I was receiving for going to school. After the first few months, I found it difficult to manage everything that was going on. I was looking for work and not having any luck. The stress of being in a non-Marine Corps environment was getting to me, and I decided to take a break from my education until I got everything figured out.
I started to get to work in forming my own company. I set a 9 to 5 working period Monday through Friday where I got to work building websites and trying to find a way to start up a small business in Frazier Park. I was trying two different approaches. One was to create a website where folks could hop online and buy, sell, and trade their used wears up in the mountains. I called it “Frazier Mountain Yard Sales.” At the same time, I began to start developing training plans and courses for teaching people marksmanship. I built two websites and tried to operate the business out of the guest house.
Unfortunately, after several months of trying to get these businesses going, I simply had no luck in getting them going, especially without any money to do so. I start back up in my degree with DeVry, and moved over to Operations Management as my Degree Concentration. I started doing an online podcast is my little work window, and tried to design from scratch my own blog website, and worked on developing a new content management system. Even though I did not have a job, I still made myself do work of some sort from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. This work included building the websites, doing podcasts, and putting out resumes for any and every kind of work I could find.
After several months of doing this, and making it through 2012 on a very tight family budget, I went down to a shooting range as a Volunteer with the 4H group there in Frazier Park and other mountain cities. I submitted my resume with the range in hopes of finding work, but they didn’t have any openings at the time. After 2014 came around, and without any success in finding work, I was beginning to lose hope. I was still pursuing my degree with DeVry, but I was simply not finding any work, and it was wearing on me.
However, I was contacted by that firing range, called “A Place to Shoot.” They called me down for a simple interview and they hired me on in March of 2014 as a Range Safety Officer. After many months of prayers and blessings, I was able to find at least a simple part time job to help bring in the much needed income my family needed, and to finally start getting back to a regular job. This was a rough period for myself and my family, but we were able to get through it by focusing on strength through our God and becoming stronger as a family.