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Episode Info: Mark Delaney of The Veteran Professional talks about career and educational options for service members as they are transitioning into civilian life. Links & Resources The Veteran Professional The Veteran Professional on LinkedIn The Veteran Professional on Facebook The Veteran Professional on Twitter The Veteran Professional on Instagram Transcript Scott DeLuzio: 00:03 Thanks for tuning in to the Drive on Podcast, where we talk about issues affecting Veterans after they get out of the military. Before we get started, I’d like to ask a favor if you haven’t done so already, please rate and review the show on Apple podcasts. If you’ve already done that, thank you. These ratings help the show get discovered so it can reach a wider audience. And while you’re there click the subscribe button so that you get notified of new episodes as soon as they come out. If you don’t use Apple podcasts, you can visit to find other ways of subscribing, including our email list. I’m your host, Scott DeLuzio. And now let’s get on with the show. Scott DeLuzio: 00:44 Hi everybody. Today my guest is Mark Delaney. Mark runs the Veteran Professional website, which helps Veterans access things like higher education, help them pursue professional careers, and find meaning and purpose after hanging up the uniform. Mark, thanks for joining me and welcome to the show. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? Mark Delaney: 01:09 Scott, thanks for having me today. I’m really excited to talk to you and share my message with the audience. I joined the Army in 2011 after doing four years of ROTC at the University of Maryland. I started off as an Infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne and I did that for a few years, deployed to Iraq and then decided I wanted a change of pace and change of OPTEMPO for what I was doing. And so, I decided to go into the civil affairs realm. So, for those of you who may not be familiar with the Army, it’s a smaller function within a special operations umbrella. I went to CA route, I went to a selection and qualification course, and then was in the 96 Civil Affairs battalion, which is aligned with Sit-com each one of the battalions is aligned with a different COCOM. Mark Delaney: 01:57 And while I was there deployed to Syria in 2017 and then Saudi Arabia in 2018 to 2019, and then somewhere around 2017; honestly, is when I decided getting out of the military is the right decision for me for a variety of reasons. And then ultimately decided that that’s what I was going to do. So, I signed out and I was on terminal leave in December 2019, and then through that process I decided that there wasn’t enough information out there regarding the transition. And so, I started this website called the Veteran Professional, and I’m sure we’ll talk about this a bit more. My original game plan was to get out of the military and then put on a backpack, hop o...
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