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When the Call Came

When the Call Came

In 1981, at just 17 years old, I decided I wanted to go into the Army National Guard Military Police Unit located in my hometown. I remember going to my parents and telling them I wanted to join and serve my country. My father, a Korean War veteran, was very proud  I decided to take control of my life and was honored that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and join the Army. Both of my parents had to sign for me to go because I had not turned 18 years old yet.  The training and discipline instilled in me at …

TMX Finance® Family of Companies Earns 2020 Top Military Friendly® Employer Designation

TMX Finance® Family of Companies Earns 2020 Top Military Friendly® Employer Designation

The TMX Finance® Family of Companies announced today that it has earned recognition as a 2020 Top Military Friendly® Employer. Companies that have earned this designation are deemed to have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful careers for transitioning service members, veterans, and spouses. The Military Friendly® Employers list has come to set the standard for organizations to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. Institutions earning the Top Military Friendly® Employer designation were evaluated using both public data sources, input from employed veterans, and responses from a proprietary survey taken by over 8,800 institutions. Otto Bielss, president …

Military Spouse: Quality over Quantity

Military Spouse: Quality over Quantity

Distance, abnormal hours, sacrifices, unpredictability and independence all consist of a military marriage. To survive these untraditional stressors a few clichés come to mind, “quality over quantity” are words normally repeated by families who do not have the luxury of seeing each other daily. Another phrase to live by is, “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” These two clichés proved to show how my husband and I survive all the struggles associated with military life. My husband (then boyfriend) joined the United States Army as an Officer following college graduation. He immediately went to BOLC (Basic Officer Leader Course) while …

Driving My Career as a Military Spouse

Driving My Career as a Military Spouse

As I sit here, contemplating how to relay my experience as a working military spouse, it seems only fitting to start by sharing with you a little bit about my story and the journey leading up to my decision to join the TMX Finance Family of Companies (“the Company”). First, you should know that both of my grandfathers served in WWII. However, as is true for many that served during that era, they didn’t like to talk about it much, so my knowledge of the military and military life was very limited as I entered adulthood. Needless to say, I …

Military Spouse: A Different Kind of Normal

Military Spouse: A Different Kind of Normal

They say the secret to a strong marriage is sacrifice, not compromise. Often times, you are giving up the lesser important for the greater good or goal. This statement could not ring more true than a life as a military spouse. My husband, Joe Bisso, has served in the US Army for 7 years in Active Duty and 2.5 years in the Reserves. We have been married for 5 years, have gone through 2 deployments as a couple, and he is currently serving as the Chief of Press & Visits (PVO) for the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt …

Everyone can be Lucky or Unlucky

Everyone can be Lucky or Unlucky

Submitted by: Chris Ruhter, Lead Business Analyst – Mobile App Development, United States Marines (retired) There was a firefight a few hundred meters off during the night my artillery unit, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, left Baghdad. It was around the end of April or very early May 2003 when we got the orders to pull out. The Army was coming in and some of the Marine units who had fought and secured the city were going to start going back to Kuwait. In typical military fashion, we were first told we might get sent home soon, which started numerous rumors …

Serving People in Need

Serving People in Need

Submitted by: Kateri Flood, Store Manager, U.S. Army I am currently a Sergeant on Army Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR). I decided to join the Alabama National Guard (NG) after Hurricane Katrina because I wanted to serve the people of our nation in their time of need. I enlisted in June 2006 as a Private First-Class Logistic Supply Specialist. I was called to active duty for the Operations Enduring Freedom in October 2009. After returning from Afghanistan, I was selected for a change of duty as a Human Resources Sergeant. I was awarded HR Sergeant MOS by exceeding standards in August …

Soldier for Life

Soldier for Life

Submitted by: Vernon Ervin, Senior General Manager, U.S. Army My name is Vernon Ervin. I served in the U.S. Army for 5 years and achieved the rank of Sergeant in 2.5 yrs. in service. My initial responsibilities as a squad leader and SQT NCO taught me a number of transferable skills that I currently use today, such as: team building, setting expectations and achieving goals in a specific time frame, delegation, perpetual coaching, accountability, focus, tenacity, evaluation and re-direction, and most importantly, loyalty and commitment. The military helped me develop a tremendous amount of confidence in myself and my abilities. …

Proud Veteran and Team Member

Proud Veteran and Team Member

By: Leonita S. McAllister, General Manager-TMX Certified Trainer, U.S. Navy Whether in active duty or as veteran, you always have concern for others and their well-being. Working at TitleMax has given me a way to continue to help others and the ability to interact and meet all types of people like I did when I served. It is a great feeling to be able to help change a life, not just with financial help, but with a smile, connecting in conversation, and even just listening. I am proud to be a veteran and I am proud to be a part …

Veterans Are Assets

Veterans Are Assets

By: Stephen Kennedy, Senior General Manager, Air Force Hi! I hope everyone can get through what might be a long-winded synopsis of my time in the military, and how TMX Project SERV helps my fellow veterans. I began my military career in 1973, after being fortunate enough to experience being a military brat from elementary to high school. I found myself living most of my young life in Japan and Germany. After graduating high school in Germany, I returned to the states, started college, but found myself missing the excitement and lifestyle associated with being around the military, so I …

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