2022 VetsWork: Aaron (Armando) Penales

Hi! My name is Armando Penales. I grew up in Los Angeles, but you can always find me at the beach or hiking in SAMO or Malibu. LA beaches are my go-to places when I need to relax and decompress. I’m a big music fan. I can listen to about anything, but recently I have been listening to a lot of R&B. I also love playing guitar and piano when I have time.   Continue Reading…

2022 VetsWork: Kayden Walton

Hello, I’m Kayden. I am currently studying to earn my BS in Environmental Science and will graduate in August 2022. My passion for the environment stemmed from growing up in Flint, Michigan, as most of my childhood was spent outdoors. Activities like Bass fishing, hiking, swimming, and roaming through the wilderness, contributed to building my confidence, patience, and appreciation for the world around me. Continue Reading…

2022 VetsWork: Kyle O’Brien

My name Is Kyle O’Brien and I was born in Long Island, New York. I grew up playing street hockey, riding my bike at the local BMX park, and going on fishing trips with my father. However, New York would only be home for so long as we moved down to North Carolina in the Winter of 2008. Continue Reading…

2022 VetsWork: Taran Snyder

Hi, my name is Taran Snyder (TJ for short). I was born and raised in Colorado, spending a lot of my childhood either in Littleton or in the Rocky Mountains around the Buffalo Creek area riding horses, learning to fish, attempting to paint, etc. Continue Reading…

2022 VetsWork: Luke Duvall

My name is Luke I live in cottonwood California if you don’t know where that is that’s honestly a good thing. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, walks with my dog, camping, and wood burning signs. Continue Reading…

Dalton using Mini crane machine to clear brush and debris in the forest

What a Year!

What a year this has been so far! Throughout my internship, I have been exposed to so many new learning opportunities. My position had a slow start, but as my qualifications began stacking up, so did the availability of work I was able to do. Continue Reading…

Veterans Day Celebration: Julian Rodriguez

Veterans Day Celebration: Julian Rodriguez

Our Outreach Coordinator had the pleasure of sitting down with a group of current and former VetsWork Interns to discuss their service, current roles, and connections to the outdoors. Read below about Julian Rodriguez, Wilderness Recreation Technician for the Tongass National Forest. Continue Reading…