The transition from military life to civilian life is not always an easy one, but a Las Vegas valley company is doing its part to help ease the burden on our military veterans as they start new careers.
At the College of Southern Nevada, Dennis Soukup, has fully adjusted to civilian life as an instructor. Still, he easily recalls the day more than 40 years ago when he left the military behind.
"I drove out the front gate at Nellis,” Soukup said. “I took a look back and realized I just lost my security blanket."
Monday night two students graduating from his air conditioning class will begin their new civilian careers with the leg up that he didn't have. It’s all because of a program started by Goettl Air Conditioning owner, Ken Goodrich. The company donated one thousand dollars worth of tools to graduates who are also veterans. The students were surprised during class time.
"It really blew my mind,” said Lawrence Malm. “Honestly, I was really mind blown.”
Malm is an Air Force veteran.
Often new program graduates have to buy their own tools or have the cost deducted out of their first paychecks. The tools aren't cheap. They include things like power drills, battery packs, and circuit breakers. Often veterans have student loans, debt and families to support.
David Vanover is an Army veteran.
"Yeah, it’s great!” Vanover said. “I had some basic tools and now getting more tools to add to my little kit bag for doing stuff. It's wonderful!"
This is the fourth year Goettl Air Conditioning has donated tools to graduating veterans.