Turning The Page

Veteran Assisted by DAV Pays It Forward

Before penning a book on entrepreneurship and graduating from the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, Michael Bluemling encountered DAV. The assistance he received from his National Service Officer “helped me immensely in my life post-military service.”

“A life member and representative who worked in the Pittsburgh office actually influenced my decision to join DAV after meeting him through a colleague,” he said. “As a new veteran, I did not understand the resources or organizations that were available to help me with my transition, and DAV was there for me every step of the way. Without the support and commitment of DAV, I would not be the person I am today or have the opportunities that I have as a result of their top-flight representation,” said Bluemling.

Bluemling sought out DAV’s free services and eventually met Lewis Ramsey, who would become the NSO to help with his claim for benefits earned through his military service.

Ramsey said he remembers Bluemling very well. “He stood out to me as a very, very intelligent and sincere person,” Ramsey said. “He spoke to me about his own concerns for veterans and that veterans should be treated fairly.”

National Headquarters Executive Director Barry Jesinoski said veterans like Bluemling naturally have the zeal and drive to be successful. “Veterans have a work ethic ingrained in them that is unique,” said Jesinoski. “I’m very pleased that Michael is finding success and am so glad we were part of getting him on that path.”

Bluemling said completing the EBV program is one of his life’s biggest accomplishments and has changed his life for the better.

After graduating from the EBV program, Bluemling authored “Turning the Page: Overcoming Abuse to Reach Life’s Fulfillment” and founded Power of One, LLC, which provides its clients with tools for personal growth and development.

DAV supports EBV through participating universities that offer the program.

Bluemling said he was motivated to write the book to help survivors of abuse take control of their lives again through a simplified process of healing and overcoming pain. “When you have organizations such as DAV standing up for all veterans, it really makes you proud to have served your country,” Bluemling said.