2016 Tillman Scholar
Inspired to join the military in the aftermath of 9/11, Juan solidified his commitment and made the decision to enlist in the Army, learning the limitations he placed on himself paled in comparison to what he was capable of doing. As his career progressed Juan’s yearn for excellence grew but his body wore down. No longer able to physically stand next to his brother warriors, Juan had to find a purpose and a place among them and in the midst of his circumstances, learning how to truly succeed and be a great leader. Juan does not measure his success on how his journey impacted his life, but how he will impact the lives of others through his journey.
Serving 13 years as an Army Medic, Juan was able to treat and care for patients on a daily basis, but not quench his full passion to pursue medicine. With a desire to provide services to those who otherwise would not be able to afford them, Juan is on the path to becoming a first generation college graduate working towards his medical degree from Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Juan intends to serve veterans in any way that he can, believing that we were put on this earth to help one another and intends on not only doing that himself but raising his family with giving and service minded hearts. The military has taught Juan that regardless of rank or time in service, the amount of work and passion put into your career is what is going to make not only a great leader but someone that is looked upon in times of need.