Hello, My name is Raeford Smith, Sr. I was born and raised in North Carolina. My childhood was rough to say the least and growing up, all I wanted was to get as far away from home as possible, as fast as possible. I joined the Marine Corps right out of high school on July 21, […]
Since 1993, U.S.VETS has engaged over 158,000 veterans, helped more than 57,000 veterans have a place to call home and placed 14,000 veterans into employment.
“Before exiting the Marines, I knew I wanted a rewarding career with a solid company, but I was unsure of what path to take or what to do first. I am confident if it had not been for the CDI Program, my chances of landing a career would be slim.”
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