As Veterans Day approaches, I have been spending a number of time serious about the army and veterans group. From native artists to group leaders to expertise innovators, veterans contribute not solely to our office, however to our neighborhoods and tradition. This dedication to serving the group is what impressed me to enlist within the California Army National Guard 4 years in the past. I used to be already working at Google, however was impressed by a number of the Googlers I met who had served within the army. It’s top-of-the-line choices I’ve ever made.

I’m one of many leaders of the Google Veterans Network, a volunteer worker useful resource group that strives to make Google top-of-the-line workplaces for veterans and repair members. This 12 months marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Veterans Network and since 2014, staff have volunteered over 7,300 hours of service with veteran organizations.

As a part of our ongoing dedication to veterans, Google works intently with the Student Veterans of America to help the Google SVA scholarship and invitations SVA students to the corporate’s annual scholar veterans summit. This SVA scholarship helps encourage veterans on their path to attaining a pc science or IT-related diploma; functions for 2018 are nonetheless open.

I’m repeatedly humbled by the contributions of our service members and their willingness to share their experiences. So as a part of the a number of methods we’re recognizing veterans this week, we’re taking the second to focus on unbelievable Google SVA students which can be strengthening their communities and themselves.


Gabriel De La Cruz, 2014 recipient

In 2005, Gabriel De La Cruz, a newly arrived immigrant from the Philippines, determined to affix the Navy. As a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines, Gabriel was deployed on three separate fight missions to Iraq and Afghanistan, which instilled in him a deep sense of mission and keenness for serving to others.

Back within the Philippines, he’d gone to highschool for IT, and upon leaving the army, he determined to renew his research in that space. He searched on Google for “scholarships for veterans,”  and realized in regards to the Google SVA scholarship. He says it modified the best way he noticed his future in pursuing a level for pc science.

“It was a humbling alternative, and allowed me to know that there’s a possible of adjusting folks’s lives,” he says.

Today, Gabriel is a graduate researcher,  pursuing a Ph.D. at Washington State University. His objective is to construct extra clever robots that accomplish duties starting from serving to older generations who’ve cognitive issues to lowering casualties on the frontlines. He says his time within the Navy and his curiosity in robotics are coming full circle.

“I’m most glad after I’m in a position to assist the folks round me,” he says.


Elizabeth Jones, 2016 recipient

When Elizabeth Jones joined the Marines in 2005, she was assured she’d be in for all times. But quickly after she enlisted she started experiencing seizures, and left the corps in 2007.

Her transition again to civilian life was jarring. She felt she’d misplaced the camaraderie of her fellow Marines, and struggled to discover a new goal in life. Ultimately, Elizabeth determined to return to highschool on the University of West Florida. There she pursued a bachelor’s diploma in electrical engineering after a trusted professor informed her she’d be “losing her intelligence” if she didn’t. She utilized for the Google SVA scholarship on the urging of a fellow scholar veteran, and located the expertise extremely rewarding.

“It helped me push by way of and never quit when it was actually laborious,” she says. “And Google’s achieved much more for me than simply giving me a scholarship.  I really feel prefer it actually confirmed me that there are folks like me doing nice issues with their levels.”

Elizabeth is placing her electrical engineering diploma to work as a techniques engineer for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, in Keyport, WA. There, she works on anti-submarine warfare techniques to guard American troopers at sea.

“I believe that individuals take their place in life as a right, and I don’t really feel that method,” Elizabeth says. “I really feel very grateful that that is the place I’m at in life, and it was made simpler than it may have been with the Google SVA Scholarship.”


James Matthew Landis, 2015 recipient

Army Veteran James Matthew (Matt) Landis at all times knew he’d be part of the army. His grandfathers and uncles had all served, and he determined to enlist after faculty. During his 10 years within the Army as an Apache Longbow helicopter pilot, Matt sustained a number of head accidents that left him disabled. Upon leaving energetic responsibility in 2009, he determined to return to varsity, first for artwork, and later for pc engineering on the University of Pittsburgh. There, he was awarded the Google SVA scholarship for his diploma, which had a big impact on his profession.

“It was one of many first actual affirmations that I used to be really gifted and price investing in,” he says. He additionally met a group of veterans working in tech who he may relate to. “People didn’t simply say, ‘Thank you on your service.’ All they cared about was ‘are you able to code?’ That was so refreshing,” he says.

Today, Matt is an embedded techniques engineer for the University of Pittsburgh the place he works on software program for robotics expertise with healthcare functions, together with prosthetics and adaptive sports activities expertise.

Matt can also be dedicated to his work at  No One Left Behind, a company devoted to saving the lives of America’s Wartime Allies—interpreters and others that assisted U.S. troops—and their households. Already they’ve introduced eight households from Iraq and Afghanistan who served as interpreters and helped them acclimate to their new lives. In addition, he’s working packages to convey STEM schooling to those identical communities. He says, “When I begin to think about what it’ll be like when these households have their youngsters and youngsters’s youngsters in 50 years … I’m extremely proud.“

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