Moved by an inner calling to do the “right thing,” Sergeant Timothy Smith enlisted in the Army in June 2003 to join the forces of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Seven months later, Timothy found himself on the streets of Baghdad experiencing the realities of war.
Almost four years later, in 2007, Timothy reentered civilian life as both a husband and a father. Not knowing where to go after this experience, Timothy applied to the prestigious fellowship program through St. Louis-based The Mission Continues and was awarded a 14-week position with the local Veterans Administration as a peer support counselor.
Timothy was so good at what he did that the V.A. hired him on after his fellowship ended. Sparked by the direct impact he was having on a group of individuals he himself is a part of, Timothy decided to pursue his Master’s degree in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. It is with this experience and education that Timothy plans to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and continue his work with the V.A.