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Meet Chandan Kochhar

This is Chandan Kochhar. Chandan is a US Army Reserves Culinary Specialist stationed at Fort Worth, and he has an extensive history in cybersecurity and compliance. Sponsored by The Extra Mile Foundation, he will be attending a cybersecurity course taught by VetinTech next week to enhance his portfolio as he seeks civilian employment.

Born in India, Chandan completed his bachelors in computer science prior to moving to the United States in 2008. He has held several positions within cybersecurity before enlisting in the US Army Reserves in 2015. His hard work and dedication is an exemplary instance of our veterans pursuing the American dream. Way to go Chandan!

 

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Veterans Golf Program

In 2012, at the request of Mather VA Hospital, Marine Corps veteran Joe Neff created the Veteran’s Golf Program.  What began as a six man team is now pushing 100 participants and is open to all veterans whether male, female, disabled, injured, or ill. There is no cost for the participants, the program is 100% self-sufficient, and comprised of volunteer coaches.

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Through the generosity of individual donors and sponsoring businesses, they’ve scaled to expand their influence outside of just golf. They also provide equipment, transportation, and even housing for veterans in need. This past holiday season they provided dinners, presents, and friendly support for in need vets and their families.

The sport of golf has allowed veterans of various backgrounds and ages to gather in a nurturing atmosphere in which to train, play, and socialize with fellow vets. 

If you’re looking for healthy exercise, excellent instruction, and a chance to reconnect with fellow vets, this is your place. All skill levels are welcome, please contact:
Joe Neff, Director VGP at veteransgolfprogram@gmail.com


Raphael Ko

We would like to thank Raphael "Raph" Ko for his generous mile donation and for sharing his career transition story. Raph is an IT support specialist working for NASA on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) science center, but prior to this job, he served in the Marine Corps for seven years as a landing support specialist.

After separating from the military, he initially sought to get a job that directly tied to his training as a logistician in the Marine Corps; however, he soon realized that employers highly valued his work ethic and character developed during his time of service rather than just his technical skills. This gave him the confidence to pursue a unique career he is passionate about.

His advice for veterans transitioning into the civilian sector is to remain humble and not be afraid to ask for help. He attributes his success to the character built within the Marine Corps.

Thanks Raphael for your donation, and Sempi Fi!