Kimberly Perez

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Mahatma Gandhi. This quote reminds me of the importance and impact of my role, not just as a caregiver, but as a person dedicated to serving and uplifting others.

How did your life change when you became a caregiver? Were there aspects of your life (such as school, career, or plans for retirement) that you had to alter?

I found a passion for volunteering after my husband was injured. It was difficult to understand his invisible wounds, and I often felt lonely because of his changed behaviors. Volunteering with mental health organizations where I could help other military caregivers gave me a renewed sense of purpose. Caregiving also forced me to change my career plans. After serving as a caregiver for ten years and graduating from college, I was accepted into the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Fellowship, which led to pursuing a career with Salesforce Military. These experiences and opportunities provided a new professional future and helped me regain financial security, proving it’s never too late to redefine success and carve a new path.

What resources or support networks do you utilize?

The VA Caregiver Support Program and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Homefront have both been critical resources in helping me navigate through the nuances of mental health care. Salesforce Military, complemented by the Military Trailblazer Office Hours, has been a cornerstone of professional growth, and I have been able to improve my family’s financial situation through these programs once I became certified. Organizations such as the PTSD Foundation of America’s Dallas Chapter, Veterati Career Mentoring, and Hiring our Heroes have provided specialized support and pathways to meaningful employment. Additionally, Wounded Warrior Project and the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers: Operation Caregiver Support have offered resources for family support and career guidance.

Tell us who you are outside of your role as a caregiver. What interests you? Do you go to school, work, or volunteer? Are you an entrepreneur?

Beyond caregiving, I am a lifelong learner, a volunteer in my community, and family devotee. My passion for learning drives me to explore new knowledge and skills, enriching my capacity to support and empower others. Volunteering with organizations such as NAMI and the PTSD Foundation of America, and guiding others in their Salesforce career journeys, reflects my commitment to positive community impact. Family moments are my sanctuary, offering joy and rejuvenation, and reinforcing the purpose behind my endeavors.

 

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