“In 2012, Dana Martin relocated from an active duty military lifestyle overseas in Italy to civilian life in New York. Though her husband was also transitioning from military life, he had to stay in Italy for a while to finish clearing. Dana arrived in New York with nothing. No home and no job. She stayed with family for a while until her husband came home and they rented a house with friends for a year.
“That was the toughest year of our lives,” remembers Dana. “I started to write poetry and post my art online.” Dana’s mother, an EKG Technician at Northwell Health Southside Hospital, noticed her daughter’s words and her struggles. She told Dana about Northwell Health’s Military Liaison Department and helped Dana establish numerous connections. They mentored Dana, helped her craft a great resume and set her up on multiple interviews for positions within Northwell Health.
After a few weeks, Dana joined us as an Administrative Support Associate with CareConnect. “This was more than just a job for me,” says Dana. “This meant a promising future for my family. This meant health benefits, financial security, independence, structure and more. This gave us hope that there really were good people still out there, willing to help out our veterans and their families struggling to acclimate.”
In the three years since that time, Dana has dedicated much of her free time to paying it forward to other returning veterans and their families. “I will never forget the years we spent in the military,” Dana says. “I will be forever thankful for all of the help and guidance the people of Northwell Health gave me in turning that experience into the great life I have now.”