This was a chance to actually make a difference - to help somebody who was in need.
“When I joined the Coast Guard I felt like my purpose was to help people. I think most of us join because we want to make a difference. I felt a calling to be in the healthcare field, but I also had a desire to be in aviation. Unfortunately, as an HS in the Coast Guard, you don’t get very many opportunities to fly.
Back in September, after Hurricane Dorian hit, I was given the chance to go with a medical unit to the Bahamas to help provide care. This opportunity was super unique because we were able to travel with the flight crew and Aviation Survival Technicians and respond to people who were stranded by the storm. One of the search and rescue cases I was a part of involved an elderly gentleman who was a possible stroke victim. This case allowed me to fly, work side-by-side with an AST, and finally accomplish my goal of being in the air and using the skills and training that the Coast Guard has taught me.
This was a chance to actually make a difference - to help somebody who was in need. My plan was to exit Coast Guard last December, but after my experience in the Bahamas, I decided to extend my time. Allowing me to continue to help others and make a difference. This is why I serve.” -HS3 Sierra Kemper, Base New Orleans