IAVA Member Veteran
My name is Levon Paul Moran. I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I resided until I was ten. I spent the rest of my formative years in Manchester, Tennessee. I graduated from Coffee County Central High school in 1996. Two months later, I attend Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and then went on to Fort Eustis, Virginia to complete my training in helicopter maintenance. I spent the next 4 years as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne 1/17th Air Cavalry at Ft Bragg, North Carolina. At the end of my initial enlistment, I reenlisted to go to Germany, where I was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in the 1-4 Cavalry unit. During my enlistment in Germany, I deployed to Kosovo and Iraq. In 2005, I decided to separate from the Army and utilize my GI Bill at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I was able to complete my Bachelors of Science Degree with honors in 2007. Since completing my degree, I have transitioned into working as an outside sales representative, and spend my spare time traveling, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). #VetsRising to me is a voice, a bond, friendship, and a movement to empower veterans to control their own destiny – to lift up one another and make sure no one is left behind. We impact our communities by conveying our experiences and knowledge that we have attained in our military role to our local communities. I had an arduous time transitioning from the military life to the civilian existence. I felt isolated and aimless with no sense of purpose greater than myself. I do not want others to feel that way, so I host several #Vettogethers a year, allowing other veterans to know there is a support system for them and people with similar experiences that can relate. I will continue to grow the awareness of IAVA in my local community, so when veterans need somewhere to turn, IAVA will be there.