A veteran from East Hampton is on a post-military mission.
Dawn McDaniel knows what it’s like to start over again, and that’s what motivates her to make a difference.
She now balances family life out of the military, after serving four years in the U.S. Army.
"And that's what I wanted to do, I wanted to live my full potential, I wanted to see the world, I wanted to meet new people,” McDaniel said.
Both McDaniel’s parents were in the military, and she joined the Army after college. After she got out, it took more than six months for her to find a job.
She said her service was undervalued and people couldn’t understand her skills.
She said she wanted to feel like a leader again so she was motivated to do something more.
"And eventually that struggle along with what I saw - all of my fellow veteran friends, their struggle, made me want to start the business,” McDaniel said.
In 2012, she founded Bravo Delta Consulting. She works with companies to help them recruit, hire and help veterans who need jobs.
"Helping civilians really understand what military culture is all about - what skill sets they bring, how to utilize them most effectively, what their strengths are and most importantly, how to leverage and retain those employees,” McDaniel said.
As a consultant, many of her clients are outside of Connecticut, but she also works to promote female veterans and volunteers with various veteran-related charities.
"I am no longer serving in the military, I am serving to the side of the military,” McDaniel said.
It isn’t always easy with her husband in the reserves and two teenage daughters, but it is very important to her.
"The work I do is highly gratifying and I know that I am making a difference even if it's a small one,” McDaniel said.
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