Veteran Bradford Bady builds new career in Jackson with help from nonprofit

Veteran Bradford Bady builds new career in Jackson with help from nonprofit

Skip to main content Veteran Bradford Bady stands in the United Rentals lot in Jackson, Tenn. where he recently started a new career as an equipment service technician with the help of nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. (Photo: Stephanie Amador / The Jackson Sun) After 12 years in the Army and two tours in Iraq, Illinois native Bradford Bady returned to civilian life in 2015 looking for a new path. Four years later, that path led him to a job in Jackson, thanks in part to a nonprofit that trains veterans and people from under-served communities for new roles in the workforce. Bady started work at United Rentals as an equipment service technician in August after graduating from a 9-week Service to Employment Program with Workforce Opportunity Services . “It means a new start, a new beginning, a different career path,” Bady said. “It’s something I can grow in.” ‘You have to re-adapt’ Bady said a desire for leadership opportunities drove him to join the military. He was active in high school sports, playing football and basketball and running track. When high school concluded, he didn’t want to go to college. “I needed to do something with my life, and I decided to go and fight for my country,” he said. Bady got that leadership experience as a sergeant, overseeing other soldiers and delegating tasks, but never hesitating to chip in and get his own hands dirty. “I’m not a believer in those who can sit around and not help,” he said. He drove a truck and was involved in basic repairs, changing tires and servicing brakes. When he returned stateside in June of 2015, he found he had to accept what had happened since he’d been away and re-acclimate to civilian society. That was challenging. He wanted to find […]

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