JEN BELL

UNITED STATES NAVY VETERAN

I was stationed on the USS John F. Kennedy from 1997 – 2000. From 2000 – 2004 I was a Naval Instructor at a Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center. During my service I worked as an electrical motor rewinder, flight deck lighting supervisor, anti-terrorism training officer, assistant training officer for all reservist training, and many other jobs.

I have been in the mortgage Industry since leaving the military in 2004. During that time I’ve presented to active duty military the benefits of the VA loan. In my community, although very liberal, I am respected as a woman perhaps more because I’m a woman and super bad-ass at my job and at life. I am proud of my service and sport my veteran recognition plates om my truck like nobody’s business.

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JEN SHEETZ

UNITED STATES NAVY VETERAN

I was stationed onboard the USS John F. Kennedy nine months after women were allowed on the aircraft carrier. We only had five women out of 300 men in weapons department. I definitely had to hold my own and prove myself in a man’s Navy. I was there from 1996-1999 and overall had a great experience. Weapons department in the Navy is a whole separate community. We looked out for each other no matter what. Our saying is “IYAOYAS.” Ask anyone in weapons and they can tell you what it means!! I met some amazing people and traveled to many different countries. I only did one six-month Mediterranean cruise, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Oregon has many veteran/state benefits, and I’ve used most of them, many free days of camping a month and free fishing/hunting licenses. All my doctor or annual checkups have gone well and I have been treated with respect. I have no complaints about being a veteran. I’m very proud to have served my country!

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