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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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The Extra Mile Foundation Placing First at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Competition

Andrew Lee and Alexandra Davis with Dr. Susan Scanlon (Assistant Dean of Marist College), Ed Bergstraesser (sponsor with AT&T), Peter Hall (sponsor with iCANny), and a representative from the office of Senator Sue Serino of New York.

Andrew Lee and Alexandra Davis with Dr. Susan Scanlon (Assistant Dean of Marist College), Ed Bergstraesser (sponsor with AT&T), Peter Hall (sponsor with iCANny), and a representative from the office of Senator Sue Serino of New York.

On April 13, 2018, Andrew Lee and Alexandra Davis represented The Extra Mile Foundation at the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Competition. Hosted at Marist College, this competition was a qualifier for top teams to advance to the New York State Business Plan Competition where the duo will spread the mission and vision to a larger audience and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $500,000.

At the Mid-Hudson Regional competition, the two competed with various innovative initiatives ranging from cheap, nutritious bento subscription boxes targeting college students to revolutionary eReaders for the visually impaired.

The Extra Mile Foundation will be using the 1st place prize of $1,000 towards marketing to increase their reach to donors to aggregate miles for veteran supporting organizations. Please give them a warm hand and share this post to spread the mission of The Extra Mile Foundation!


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!