A US Army veteran has landed his dream job after months of living in his car.
Zach Jones spent three months living in his car as he studied for the job that he had always wanted since leaving the armed forces.
Zach had been trying for years to land the job at Microsoft, and all of his hard work and sacrifices have now paid off.
Having left his job in the military as a Motor Transport Operator (USMC), Zach found it hard to adjust to civilian life, as many veterans do.
The camaraderie and sense of ‘belonging’ soon disappear when you enter the ‘dog-eat-dog’ world of ‘civvy street’ where most people are in it for themselves.
Life After The Military
After leaving the military, army veteran Zach managed to get enough money together to start his own business.
But following a downturn in 2019, the transport company that he had started, began incurring heavy losses which meant that he had to fold the business.
After the army veteran’s company stopped trading, his source of income also stopped.
Zach lived and slept in his car for three months as he worked hard, studying towards a job that would end up changing his fortunes.
He wanted to become a support engineer, working for one of the worlds largest software companies.
“Transitioning was difficult. I wasn’t mentally prepared to go back into the general population and had a very difficult time adjusting to non-regimented life.
“Around the time that I started driving trucks commercially, I started going through a lot of difficult times in my personal life as well.
“I turned it around and by 2018 I had started my own trucking company.
“2019 was a bad year for trucking companies of all sizes though, and while I did a decent job keeping the business afloat, many companies were going under – a few articles called it ‘The Slaughter’.
Army Veteran No Longer Living In A Car…
“I stayed in the car for almost three solid months, occasionally staying with a new friend from the class and hotels when I needed to stretch my legs a bit.
“For the first time in months, I could afford to pay certain bills, like the rent and medicine.
“Compared to that, sleeping in the car was nothing, once you got the right sleeping bag for the weather.”
Following a long and arduous interview process, Zach has now managed to become a support engineer at Mircosoft.
And he no longer has to live in a car.
“It was five months after I had finished my classes at Coding Dojo that I finally got hired. It’s not easy, and it was a really scary time, especially considering the widespread unemployment due to Covid-19.
“I went from not being able to afford a relatively cheap medicine every month to being able to ask my wife, ‘Hey, what kind of house do you want?”.
“The strangest part is the amount of time I have now.
“For the first time, I can finish a workday and not think to myself, ‘Alright, what’s the next thing I can do to stay afloat and eventually get out of this mess’.
“I can just sit down, drink a beer, and do nothing for a few minutes.”
Image credit: Zach Jones