Our goal is to keep the brotherhood alive and make Houston the best city in the country for returning vets.
Richard and his twin brother were born at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital but soon moved to Marion, Indiana where they spent their youth. Richard joined the US Army shortly after graduating high school and served tours of duty in Kosovo and Korea. He met and married his wife, Monique, while in the Army. After leaving the service in 2003, Richard attended college at Middle Tennessee State University where he received his BS in finance, and later his MBA. Richard and Monique have five children, the youngest of which are twins like Richard. Monique will be joining Richard on the cruise. Richard works in Houston for the Department of Homeland Security.
While working for his MBA, he applied for the Presidential Management Fellowship Program, which ultimately led to his employment with Homeland Security. While Richard works for the Federal Government, he also continues to serve his country and his fellow servicemen in other ways.
Richard has been active in volunteer services since his early college days where he worked for Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement among other groups. When he moved to Houston, he got involved with the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA). Their goal is to make Houston the best city in America for veterans returning from overseas tours. They emphasize employment services, camaraderie, and community service, and as Richard says, "They keep the brotherhood alive." They surround the returning vets with other people who have been there, and they help them make the transition to civilian life. They help the vets get involved in local public service activities so they can continue to serve their country, and they help the vets find jobs. That's Richard's specialty.
Richard helps vets present their military experience in a light that is attractive to civilian employers. He helps them write resumes, hone their interviewing skills, and make contacts in the community. He hosts employment workshops and monthly luncheons to connect potential employers with talented veterans, and he gets them jobs. In fact, this past year as Director of Employment Services for the LSVA, Richard was instrumental in helping more than 75 returning vets find good-paying jobs in the Houston area.