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Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:30 | Jaya Sesay

A few months ago Boothe came to me telling me about this organization and how he sees nothing but good in it. He talked me into just talking the time to speak with Al, who convinced me to sign up. I've been involved with Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center for a few months now.

I don’t know exactly how or what I’m going to do to contribute to the Resource Center. With time I’ll eventually figure out what my niche is and use that to help others.


  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 16:23 | Daniel Boothe
    Sesay, you may not believe it but something just as simple as this post will make a life-changing impact. I am happy with your decision to take part in an organization that I believe will change countless lives and look forward to reading your next post. Together we will end the notion that a veteran can become homeless by empowering communities across the nation.
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    • Saturday, June 13, 2009 17:59 | Jaya Sesay
      Thank you for replying. I'll start working on a second one when i get the chance.
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    • Saturday, June 13, 2009 19:36 | Chris Thayer
      Hi Dan and Jaya,
      Your words are so true Dan that "something just as simple as this post will make a life-changing impact". I am always amazed that just committing to something starts the process rolling, somehow we meet people that give us a lead or inspire an idea that we check out that leads us to what we are meant to do. You know that also since you met Dr. Cloonan through the Learner program and are now working on marketing an amazing product he developed. I see great things for all of you. God Bless, chris
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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 18:15 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

    Your journey and its outcome will be driven by what you are exposed to. Sharing with all what is uncovered during your own exploration is of great contribution.

    You have taken the first step and always know I am here to serve you 24/7. Semper Fi, Marine, that is a Nation of people so very proud of you!
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    • Sunday, June 14, 2009 05:50 | Jaya Sesay

      Although my life journey has only started, I am looking forward to share the little knowledge that I have acquired with others, as well as absorb the fathomless wisdom you all have to share. Thank you for the support.
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      • Sunday, June 14, 2009 16:42 | Albert Renteria (Administrator)

        You have served over two years with the Marines and have traveled abroad, you have much more than a little knowledge.

        Turn over every stone in your life many times, what you seen once will have a different purpose and meaning the next time you take another look and with the gained knowledge you acquire in time you will be surprised what you discover anew! Semper Fi,
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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 19:44 | Chris Thayer
    oops! I wanted to make a correction!

    Hello Jaya,
    Congratulations on jumping in and getting started. It may seem challenging at first to write something about yourself and the SWVBRC program but you will soon see that things will start to move in a good way. The more you write down your thoughts and share information on your blog, the more you will get to experience the compassion and support this community of caring people has for you and all our military and veterans.

    I can say that I had the pleasure of getting to know you a little better last Saturday at the informal Learner/Community meeting held at the Fallbrook center. You seem quiet and reserved and you needed a little prompting to talk but you have so many great thoughts and ideas once we got you talking. Don’t be discouraged by not knowing what you want to do yet or what career for the future, we have all felt that way. I am still discovering what I want to do. However, do use the wonderful resources and skilled people at SWVBRC to learn and grow further; ask the experienced veterans what they did that helped them decide, how did they know what career or direction was right for them. The veteran’s center is a living, breathing library of knowledge and insights and united with this caring and supportive community we will all help each other do great things. Just getting to know you better has already improved my life. You see how we all make a difference in other people lives – we just don’t always know it at the time. God Bless, chris
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    • Sunday, June 14, 2009 06:06 | Jaya Sesay

      Thank you Chris. If it wasn’t for your poise and enlightening words I might still be procrastinating my blog. You words gave me the push in the right direction that I needed. I'm looking forward to make a difference in anyone and everyone’s lives. With the help from you, Dan, Al and everyone else apart of SWVBRC, we will be able to do a lot. Thank you again for the needed and continuing support.
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  • Saturday, June 13, 2009 20:56 | Terri Newhouse
    Hi Sesay,
    First, it was so great to meet you at SWVBRC. Jonathan (my husband) and I want to sincerely thank you for your support as you witnessed as we both were signed in as Learners. How exciting to see you start your blog! It encourages me to start mine. (Soon, I promise :). The lasting impression you left me with was that great smile of yours. Keep up the blog, looking forward to hearing about your life, and so interested in seeing the direction it will go. Thanks again for your support!
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    • Sunday, June 14, 2009 06:19 | Jaya Sesay
      Hello Terri,

      Thank you, I was also delighted in meeting Jon and yourself. We had so much in common. Jon and I had the same MOS (military occupation specialty) and he was able to teach me much about it in the little time we had together. It took me forever to start my own blog. Don't let time dictate what and how you do something your always in control. I look forward to meeting you and Jon at the next meeting.
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  • Sunday, June 14, 2009 12:07 | Carol Grice
    Dear Java,
    I'm proud of you for posting your first blog. I'm sure it will become easier with each message you get from others giving you the support you deserve. I understand about procrastination, as I have recently become the owner of a new laptop and I did indeed procrastinate about adding email addresses. I finally figured out if it was going to get done I'd better get on with it, as I knew the good fairy wasn't going to wave her wand and suddenly get all the addresses in place. It is done and I feel good about it.
    Now my poodles are giving me the word it is time for me to feed them. I have a blonde, a redhead and a tiny little black girl.
    Keep up the good work. You will do great and I praise you for working with Dr. Cloonan. His oral health care product is the very best. I have used it for a couple of years with outstanding results, noted by the dental people when my teeth are cleaned.
    Semper Fi from the Navy.
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    • Monday, June 15, 2009 19:08 | Jaya Sesay
      Thank you for the needed motivation. Procrastination always seems the get the best (or worst) of me. I was kind of hoping the good fairy would wave her wand, but evertone knows God helps those who help themselves. Its only a matter of time before I help myself to help others. Semper Fi!
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      • Tuesday, June 16, 2009 15:56 | Carol Grice
        Hey Marine you can do anything. I know that about Marines. And if you need a Navy Nurse to motivate you, can do. Just call on me. My dear Marine patients nicknamed me "Gunny".
        Yesterday I took my car in for a simple tire alignment and guess what? Six hours later and a large amount of dollars I finally managed to get home. Guess who the mechanic was. A Marine of course. Thus when told my brake pads were in terrible condition would I not believe a Marine. Later, he even showed me the old and the new and the difference. While I spent so much time there, I was reading Halsey's Typhoon. I'm guessing you know who Adm. Halsey was. One very tough sailor. Indeed the Navy's counter part of General McArthur. The stories about the Navy and the high seas is intriging. One thing I read was about the invasion of Wake Island. Now let me tell you, I once landed on Wake Island right after a typhoon flattened everything on the island. Having been there I have to wonder why anyone would care to have it in their positon. I will tell you the runway is so short you hold your breath on take off that you are airborne instead of in the sea. And Midway Island. That is another interesting place to visit or in my case TAD. I actually found it very interesting to learn about the gooney birds and also a yellow bird that flies backward.
        You might think what I say sounds like fiction, but trust me, it is true. I
        scorted the Director of the Navy Nurse Corps to the Island. Another time I was sent there from Hawaii on TAD, as both Navy Nurses were gone. One on emergency leave and the other had to be admitted to the hospital in Hawaii. So, when you hang in there, every day holds another interesting adventure, and that is what I think you will discover as you progress with your learning situation.
        I'm hear when and if you need my assistance.
        Together we will both put the procrastination down the drain.
        Anchors Aweigh!
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  • Thursday, September 17, 2009 05:53 | Jeffrey Backus
    Thank you for posting your blog. It is not an easy life that we have chosen, but we manage to move on day to day. Your contribution to the "cause" is to be the success story that future members will refer to as they are progressing through the program. Semper Fi.
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  • Thursday, February 04, 2010 05:31 | Chip Dykes
    Devil Dog,

    I has been quite some time since you posted anything on this blog. I hope that your are actively employed and getting everything you deserve for your service. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.

    Semper Fidelis!
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