Coast Guard officer-turned-entrepreneur Meghan Brunaugh agrees. “The ability to do something that I enjoy, and do it on my own time, has been invaluable,” she says.
Along with her business partner Charlotte Creech, the 32-year-old mother of two runs Combat2Career, an East Hartford, Conn.-based Web site that connects veterans with higher education programs and internships.
Brunaugh says her military experience — including a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom — gave her the focus and persistence to tackle each small challenge as it comes.
“You can run into the pitfall of wanting to get everything right, versus getting it done,” she explains.