Blessing remembers the time after service as a big change. “After our time with military service, we moved to Illinois, and I got a degree, and a job in a medical office,” she said. “One thing I would have done differently – the Army offered so many opportunities to learn different skills, and I wish I would have taken them up on that. I could have learned many new trades, but I didn’t.”
But with her newly acquired knowledge in medical offices, she ended up working on a contract related to Medicare, and she found it very enjoyable. “It dealt with physician claims, and I worked there for 20 years, while my husband was at National Guard,” she said.
When her husband retired from Guard duty, Blessing was hired by a company that had Empower AI’s current CERT contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That company was acquired by Empower AI and she was happy to stay connected to CERT: “I loved the work, and I continue to love the work. It is very fulfilling,” Blessing explained.
Thinking back to her time in the Army, she said, “I learned a lot about leadership, partnership, and patience. You can’t push a mountain halfway for the mountain to move. It doesn’t happen on your time, but on the time that is pre-determined, and understanding that helps to work through each day, and each project.”
For Blessing, “Celebrating Military Families Appreciation Month is important, because it recognizes and honors the unique sacrifices and challenges that military families have. It’s a common thread so many families share, and it’s important to recognize the sacrifice that millions of Americans make so that our country is safe, and our freedoms are intact.”