Ep: 020 – Lornett Vestal, Navy Veteran

Today on WVSJ Network Connects- Our host BriGette McCoy speaks with Navy Veteran Lornett Vestal about his military service experiences and the programs that serve the military community at the Sierra Club Military Outdoors. Lornett current role is Campaign Representative.  Lornett was born and raised on the south side of Chicago IL, joined the military at age 17 and deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He has a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and has worked in education, social work and non-profit organizations over his career.

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Here is a link to a write up about the Alaska expedition in 2015 that I attended. 

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Ep: 019 – Sidney Covington, Army Veteran

Today on WVSJ Network Connects- Our host BriGette McCoy speaks with Army Veteran Sidney Covington, who has earned her Masters of Social Work graduate degree this year. She is a veteran leader having served in various leadership and program management capacities for non profits and community organizations. BriGette and Sidney discuss the initial interest in military service, accomplishments during service and subsequent reasons for choosing to exit the military. Sidney discusses the need for peer groups, mentorship and women veteran supporting one another in their endeavors. 

You can find Sidney Covington on LinkedIn Sidney Covington

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Ep: 017 – Toni Brooks Army Veteran

Our host BriGette McCoy talks with Founder and CEO Toni Brooks about her business ventures, military service, transition and her serial philanthropy with the Toni Brooks Foundation. 

Toni Brooks is an Army National Guard veteran, Fashion Entertainment Producer, Fashion Stylist, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, and award-winning Philanthropist. Toni made helping others part of her professional and personal lifestyle and believes “if we focus on just being a good person, good will come out of us.”

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Ep: 016 – Lisa Hiering Applying for SSDI

Our host BriGette McCoy talks with Founder and CEO of Side By Side Solutions, LLC, Lisa Hiering about her business which is a company that empowers Veterans to navigate the complex Social Security Disability process in a way that increases their chances of approval and minimizes their chances of denial.

Lisa Hiering sharpened her skills as a Social Security Claims Specialist and her oldest son is a combat Marine Corps Veteran so to her, Veterans are her family. The veteran community is where Lisa’s passion lies and so she feels driven to help. Because she is disabled herself, she understands the challenges veteran are facing. Veterans she has worked with describe Lisa as “a wealth of information”,” genuine”, “passionate”, “very …

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