Mission United proudly recognizes Navy veteran Tim Giles, Project Manager of Warrior Bridge. One of our biggest supporters, Tim provides invaluable services to wounded and disabled veterans through Mission United network partner Warrior Bridge, an Eggleston Services program.
“What I do isn’t hard work,” says Tim, “it’s heart work.” Tim provides wounded and disabled veterans support through job readiness, development and placement, all throughout the Hampton Roads region. “We focus on the individual well-being of our veterans – the whole person aspect,” says Tim. He ensures that each veteran in the program receives the very best care and support possible, including wrap-around services.
Tim grew up in the small town of Southmont, North Carolina. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy with the hopes of saving some money to go back to school and to see the world. “But shortly into my first tour on USS Carl Vinson I knew that I could make this a career,” Tim said.
Touching the lives of hundreds of thousands
And quite a career it was. After 24 years providing religious counsel and services at sea and ashore, Tim retired at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines during his career.
Looking back, his favorite tours were aboard the Vinson as a young sailor and later while stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, leading the Outpatient Crisis Intervention Program. “Having the ability to work with members of all branches of service, on behalf of the chaplain’s office at the naval hospital, was a tremendous opportunity,” Tim says. “It gave me hands on contact to support and provide spiritual mentorship to our active duty service members struggling with a multitude of challenges.”
Natural transition to civilian life
Tim retired from the Navy in 2013. His experience at NMC Portsmouth and his overall time in the Navy led him to his current mission. While finishing his degree in human services from St. Leo’s University, Tim completed an internship with Eggleston Services. He fits their Warrior Bridge program like a glove.
Thank you, Tim, for both the service you’ve given to our country and the heart work you continue to pour into our veterans and the Hampton Roads community. For more information about Warrior Bridge, please visit the website.