Meet Chris Stevens, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

I was born in Washington State and lived there until the age of five. Then I moved to Arizona and lived there for a total of 22 years. When I was 20 I joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. During that time I spent one year deployed in Afghanistan working in the aviation field. Between 2014 (which is when I left the military) and now, I have lived in Arizona, Colorado, and Washington State. During my time living in Colorado, I developed a passion for camping. My friends and I would park our cars at the bottom of the mountain and hike 3-4 plus miles up. The majority of the time we would camp where there was still snow and never even needed to bring our own water.

One of my main goals in life is to one day have a career that allows me to live and work in the country side. I would love to live near my family in Washington between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA in Lewis County. I have lived in the city the majority of my life and have realized that the country is where my heart belongs. I have decided that this program through Mt. Adams Institute would be the perfect opportunity to make my dreams come true and I have been nothing but excited to start. I’m hoping to gain knowledge of being a land surveyor as an intern. I have never had an opportunity like this and will do nothing but to prove that I have what it takes.

Meet Tue Gillen, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

I’m Tue Gillen. Before I was assigned to the Cordova Ranger District, I worked as a restorer for eighteen months, and as a substitute schoolteacher on and off for three years. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, I’m surprisingly acclimated to the cold weather here. Because of my experience working in an abandoned mine turned tourist attraction (, I’m used to being in a rugged environment where you learn as you go. My experience in the Navy as an Operations Specialist has given me a good read of charts (maps).

What do I plan to get out of the experience? Simultaneous service to the country and service to the environment. It will be cold, wet, isolated … and I believe I have a duty to work in it because not many others can handle it. I want to break into the environmental field, and getting my hands dirty is all part of the lineup. Cold, wet, exhausting … I’m looking forward to it.

VetsWork: A Life-changing Program

Hello everyone out there in Blog land!

My name is Jeff and I am a VetsWork intern working with the fleet management department in (wait for it), Anchorage, Alaska!! I am going on my 3rd month with the program here and love it. Continue Reading…

VetsWork: A New Perspective on Alaska

I think that everyone in the lower 48 states has an idea of what Alaska is like or all about. First things that jump to my mind are moose, glaciers, vast expanse of forest and the odd off/on structure of daylight throughout the year. Continue Reading…