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11 Nov: From Bronze Star to Best Buy blue, this Army veteran gives ‘maximum effort’

From an early age, Heath Garcia knew he wanted to serve his country.

It started during visits to his mom’s family in Missouri. His grandfather and his seven brothers had all been in the military, serving in World War II and Korea.

“I was fascinated by the stories he told and in awe of what my grandfather used to do,” Heath said. “I wanted to carry on that tradition.”

He joined the Army at 19 years old and served for seven years.

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10 Nov: Military Veterans Find New Careers at Best Buy

 

When Sam Messenheimer left the Marine Corps, he found it difficult to transition to civilian life. Many prospective employers didn’t understand his military jargon or how his skills would translate to a new role.

Then he interviewed at Best Buy, where the leaders showed an interest in his military experience and took the time to understand how it could translate to responsibilities within the company.

The rest, as they say, is history. Sam, who started as a part-time asset protection specialist, now serves as an assistant manager in North Carolina.

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11 Nov: Born to Lead: Why Best Buy Recruits U.S. Veterans

When U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant Victor Hill returned from a deployment in Afghanistan, he struggled to find a job. Many prospective employers thanked him for his military service, but they disqualified him because of his lack of civilian qualifications.

Then he landed a job as a seasonal employee at his local Best Buy Mobile, a move that would pave the way for a bright future. Three years later, he’s now the general manager at Best Buy Mobile Store #1931 in Annapolis, Maryland, where he’s leading a team of a dozen people this Holiday season.