Honoring SON Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, we are highlighting a few of our Veterans as a way to say thank you for their service.


Julie Thomas

When it comes to serving her country, Julie Thomas knows that it is her job to help keep the United States Air Force healthy and efficient. Residing in Tennessee, Julie has served in the Air Force as a nurse practitioner for five and a half years.

Julie believes that it is her job is to make sure that everyone is healthy and can perform their duties to the best of their abilities. “It’s more than taking care of colds,” says Julie. “It’s about keeping the Air Force functional and mobile; it’s about teaching others that we’re a team and that I am here to take care of you.” When asked to reflect on her time serving Julie said, “It’s not an easy job, but you learn to make friends wherever you go and you never know where those connections will lead you. It’s a large organization, but it’s family.”

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Leslie Sharpe

What did Leslie Sharpe do when she felt called to step outside the boundaries of Carolina’s School of Nursing? She discovered the Air Force ROTC program. Leslie who currently resides in Cary, N.C., served in the United States Air Force as a nurse for six and a half years. During her time in the Air Force, Leslie said she was able to step outside of her comfort zone and gained priceless leadership skills. The opportunities Leslie received were unlike any she would ever get to experience in the civilian world. She was able to travel to new places, meet new and exciting people, and become a part of something bigger than herself. “You become a part of a family,” says Leslie. “The connections you make you’ll keep with you for years to come.”[/column]
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Natasha Best

Natasha Best who was originally born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, has been traveling her entire life. The military has been a part of Natasha’s life since she was five years old so itnaturally made sense for her to join the United States Army in 2004 where she served four years of active duty. In 2010, Natasha joined the Air Force as a nurse practitioner and is currently serving active duty. Serving in the military allowed Natasha to give back to her country, hone in on her leadership skills, and appreciate others from all different backgrounds and cultures. Natasha’s words of advice? “Get as much experience as you can. Take every experience for what it is as it will shape your entire life.”[/column]
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