VETARTS is proud to feature Becky of 32 Designs for Veteran of the week. Read her story, and check out her custom graphics and more at VETARTS.COM.
I can still remember the moment I knew that I wanted to enlist in the military.
I was 15, sitting in my high school computer class, when an announcement came through the PA system that no one was to access the internet until further notice. Well, being the rebel I am, I logged right onto the internet and printed an article on how the World Trade Center buildings were each hit by an airplane. It wasn’t difficult to figure out it was terrorism. I was angry. I knew right then that nothing would stop me from fighting for our country.
Fast forward a few years and I found myself in boot camp, then A-School and I thrived! The pride I felt for what I had the privilege to be doing radiated off of me. I trained to be an aviation machinist mate in the United States Navy and was lucky enough to continue my training at HS-10 in San Diego, CA. Unfortunately, my mechanic days were short lived after I injured my back. During my treatment and subsequent medical discharge process, I was moved into an office role, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
I had found my true niche, working on computers, creating things. Spreadsheets, document templates, you name it.
It wasn’t until I began my career with the Operating Engineers Local 139 about 7 years ago that I began to slowly develop skills that have led me to where I am today. Little by little, I began creating various things for my job, and people started to take notice. My co-workers would ask me to make an invitation for them or a flyer. Soon, I was asked to create art for some of our Union materials. I learned (thanks to Google and YouTube) my way around Photoshop and other applications and began expanding my skillset.
About a year ago, I was approached by American Legion Post 139 Commander Mike Burt to help out with creating and maintain the Legion Post’s Facebook page and website.
I reveled in it. The more confident I grew, the better my designs became. In hopes of one day being able to join Post 139, Mike asked me to become a statewide legion member, which I eagerly accepted. I continued assisting with as much as I could, and, to my surprise, I was able to transfer into Post 139 a few months ago. In June, I was elected the Post Historian, a true honor for a new Legion Member. And as if I was not humbled enough, I was recently appointed to the American Legion Department of Wisconsin Communications Committee.
Being a veteran who never saw combat, sometimes I feel that I didn’t have the opportunity to do “enough.”
It is my hope that I can use my strengths and abilities in a way to help my fellow veterans who were “over there.” What I do now will never be able to bring anyone back, but I’m hoping that I might be able to have a positive effect even one veteran’s future.
I never really considered starting my own business, even though my co-workers would often tell me that I had talent and should pursue it.
Recently, with some major encouragement from a good friend, I took the plunge and 32 Designs, LLC was born. I’m just getting my feet wet, but I absolutely love each and every minute of this crazy adventure of being a small business owner. If it wasn’t for the support and help of my friends and family, I wouldn’t be able to call myself that: a small business owner. How awesome is that?
I know there are great things waiting for me on the horizon! I just can’t wait to get there!
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