October 2017 Veteran of the Month: From Combat Medic to District Manager
We are excited to introduce our October Veteran of the Month – William Seeley!
William joined our Eyeglass World brand in December 2012 as a General Manager at the Port Charlotte, Fla. location. He then transferred to the Lubbock, Texas store where he was the General Manager and Area Manager, before being promoted to District Manager in November of 2015. In September, William moved over to our Vista Optical military division.
Married for over 17 years to April, William is the proud father of four daughters – Caitlynn (17), Liberty (15), Faith (12) and Natasha (12). He has a dog named Shadow, and currently lives in southwest Florida in the city he grew up in as a child.
William is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and served for over 17 years as a Combat Medic. This included two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.
We recently had a chance to talk to William and learn more about his military service and how it has helped him in his career with National Vision.
Tell us more about your time in the Army.
“I joined the Army in 1997 and was medically retired in 2012. During this time I was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; JBLM Tacoma, Washington; Fort Leonardwood, Missouri; and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.”
As a veteran, how has your military experience helped you in your civilian career?
“The fact that my military career was in the medical field has helped me understand the importance of taking care of your patients. I actually don’t even address consumers as customers, I address them all as patients because we are a medical professional provider for them.”
Why do you think it’s important for National Vision to continue to hire veterans?
“I personally will always stand behind the hiring of my brothers and sisters at arms, and I’m glad National Vision does the same. The military community is very passionate about being successful, even with stresses that are quite different than those experienced by civilians.”
Your 5 year anniversary with the company is coming up. How does that feel?
“National Vision gave me an opportunity to become successful when no one else would even interview me. I submitted over 700 resumes when I retired out of the Army, and National Vision was one of two companies that even gave me a shot, and I will never forget that!
When I retired without a college degree and only having my GED, National Vision never even blinked. I am very proud of who I work for and strive everyday to repay the favor that the company has given me.”
Last year National Vision made a commitment to hire a minimum of 500 veterans and/or veteran spouses over the next 5 years across all of our retail brands. Within those 500 positions, we have committed to hiring a minimum of 100 military veterans and/or veteran spouses in technology-focused positions as part of the Joining Forces initiative. We are proud to announce that we now have 432 self-identified veterans as part of our NVI family.
Thank you William for your service to our country. It is an honor to have you as part of our National Vision family!
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