Made of the
Highest Quality

Veterans that protected our country
are ready to protect your product release.

Trained to Succeed
as a Team

Veterans understand a good leader
must also be a good follower.

Composure
Under Pressure

Veterans can think on their feet
and produce needed results.

Operating in a
Collaborative Environment

Veterans value structure, procedure, and hard work
and act with a sense of duty to the organization they serve.

Leadership
at every Level

Veterans are routinely handed large
amounts of responsibility.

About Veterans4Quality

Elite Training
Elite Training

Our Veterans are taught by the industry’s best. Our instructors are volunteers who believe in the Veterans4Quality program.

Great Employees
Great Employees

Our Veterans come from all branches of the US military. They are disciplined, talented and eager to learn.

ALUMNI SHOWCASE

Tim Garza

Class 10

Combined Experience...

Since I was a kid, I’ve always had an interest in technology and fantasized about one day being an elite hacker. So, when I heard about Veterans4Quality I thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime - and it was! I had already been out of the Marines for 10 years at that point. I had an Associate of Arts Degree in Music and studied Recording/Music Business with the intent of starting a record label. The creative fields are so competitive, so in the meantime, I was working a wide range of unrelated jobs and barely getting by. Selling merchandise part time ended up being a way to combine my military experience with my passion for the music industry. This ultimately led me to the career path in QA and technology that I’ve arrived at today - although I’m no elite hacker… at least not yet!

Responsive to Change...

In the Marines, I was stationed in Okinawa, working in Supply and Logistics supporting deployed units in Iraq. When I joined the Marines, I wanted to be in the band but I didn’t make it past the audition. I had played drums scholastically from the age of 10 or so until graduating high school. Music has always been a big part of my life. About two years into my enlistment, I decided to study music production.

I’ve always been motivated by the desire to outdo myself, and the military provided that opportunity. I was motivated to join for several other reasons - access to GI Bill, travel, and my grandfather served as a Marine during Korea. Like the military and music, technology is always changing. It forces those willing to pursue it to be on a lifelong journey of continuous education. So, to paraphrase Darwin, it is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

Patterns, Patience, and Persistence...

After gaining experience with automated and manual testing, I am now transitioning into DevOps. Thanks to the opportunity Veterans4Quality presented, this has radically changed my life by essentially helping me double my salary and allowing me to buy a townhome in Austin. And, I have started a record label, Hearing Colors, which is a registered LLC with the Trademark pending. My spare room doubles as my home office as well as my personal recording space where I design and create all content for https://hearingcolors.com. While I’m currently planning my debut releases, I plan on eventually exploring the use of AI to generate music as well as conduct research in synesthesia.

What I’ve learned from my studies and applications of testing and development is that much like music, they are made up of patterns (some more complex than others). They can take time to understand. It requires patience and persistence because, as with anything in life, you get out what you put in. And when you’ve done it well, it makes beautiful music.

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Ryan Timoney

Class 8

Plans Change...

In the spring of 2012, I deployed to Afghanistan as part of Security Force Assistance Team 28, a unit formed by the Army's 214th Fires Brigade. After completing a meeting with the Afghan police in Taren Kawt on May 20, we were hit by a suicide bomber. Two of my brothers in arms, 2LT Tobias Alexander and CPT Jesse Ozbat, were killed in action. Of the wounded, I was closest to the attacker. My Army career came to a sudden stop.

I spent the following two and a half years living in or adjacent to hospitals. Shrapnel tore into me. Three of the wounds were particularly significant and had direct effects on professional options. Shrapnel had entered my chest and hit my spine, limiting the weight I can carry, my movement down stairs, my ability to run, etc. Secondly, after nearly a year of surgeries, my left leg was amputated below the knee. While this is merely an annoyance on most days, I’m occasionally limited to a wheelchair. Thirdly, one piece of shrapnel went straight through the left side of my skull, through my brain, and stopped at the interior of the right side of my skull. A significant portion of my skull was then surgically removed in Kandahar, and it wasn’t replaced with artificial bone for nearly six months. Obviously, this created significant cognitive problems. As an example, I spent a year relearning to speak and read.

Statistically, that explosion should have killed me - it nearly did. God’s got a plan for each of us. Dying that day was just not part of His for me.

Relaunching (Almost)...

I recognized my professional limitations nearly as quickly as my recovering short-term memory allowed me to form rudimentary sentences. Knowing I’d be restarting as a civilian, I needed to find a career I could build and maintain. While the professions that most satisfied me were physical, these aren’t options for medical reasons I can’t consistently overcome. I spent many days of my recovery assessing professional possibilities, and as my capabilities improved, I elevated my aim.

I medically retired at the end of 2014 and moved with my amazingly supportive wife, Kelby, to Austin, TX. While I’d made notable progress recovering, my full-time professional explorations were very rocky. With each failure, I pivoted to another idea. Writing code, which I’d done inconsistently prior to my service in the Army, had been low on my list of possible pursuits. It was wholly implausible for the first two years of my recovery, but as my mind sharpened and my post-recovery list of considerable professions shortened, it became more appealing.

In 2015, I began attempting to enter the software industry. Wanting visual proof of my capability, I taught myself Ruby on Rails, a programming language, and found an opportunity to build a website as a volunteer. I found I enjoyed finishing a productive day with a bad headache from all of the learning and kept going back for more. After completing the bulk of the website, I began applying for paid work. I spent months learning, working, and applying for jobs. I usually got no response. The ones I did get were polite denials. While I had a college degree in Business Administration, a demonstrable web platform I’d built and well understood, and military leadership experience, I was missing both of the golden tickets; a Computer Science degree, and experience in the software industry. Either could get me past HR. With neither, I was stuck.

Enter Veterans4Quality...

While networking, I met two great gentlemen who pointed me toward Veterans4Quality, a non-profit that helps Veterans connect with the software industry. Having heard good things, I applied and was admitted as part of Class 8.

The course was an introduction to the Quality Assurance role. It offered me exposure to actual professionals, from whom I learned more of the vocabulary, the industry standards, their approaches to both technical and social problems, the fundamental strength that Quality Assurance brings to teams, and how to bring all of that to the table.

Most significantly, the people that support Veterans4Quality open doors to the industry. Through this program I was offered an extendable contract for a Quality Assurance role at Alchemy Systems. That was the kind of offer that had only shortly prior to the program seemed a distant dream. Thrilled, and with great gratitude for the opportunity to prove myself in this industry, I accepted that offer.

On Track...

I’ve made peace with the brevity of my service in the Army, but I know I thrive in intense environments. While I’m not in the field anymore, I’ve come to appreciate the hard mental work required to compete in the market at the “bleeding edge” of technologies. Within these environments, it’s my job to learn, design, create, and teach, while hitting deadlines and keeping things alive in production. That’s fun.

I thank God for how full my cup is. I’ve an amazing family, stability, and a career I enjoy. Can’t ask for more for myself than that!

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Tony Medina

Class 6

A lucky moment...

It was one of those very hot summers in Iraq where generator after generator, keeping our AC running, kept bursting into flames. That’s the summer I decided when my tour of duty was over, I’d go home to California and go to college. After eight years and achieving my Master’s Degree I realized being a teacher was not my calling. Several months later I moved to Austin, Texas. I had no idea how hard it would be to find work in Austin; most of the positions were technology-centric. I was at the unemployment office when I overheard someone talking about Veterans4Quality. That’s when my career took on a whole new direction.

Learning about learning...

I was a mechanic in the military because, like many things I’ve learned in my life, I like to take on those areas I know nothing about. I also chose to study math because I wasn’t good at it. Veterans4Quality introduced me to a new industry where, once again, the only limitation to learning was myself. Veterans4Quality taught me new skills and gave me a marketable expertise, but more importantly, showed me how to turn these new skills into more than a job; it gave me a career.

The journey continues...

Upon finishing the Veterans4Quality three-month program, I began working as a 90-day intern. Here I could bring value as a new software quality assurance engineer on a team. I quickly moved to a full-time hire upon completion of my internship. Over the past four years my continued learning in the software technology field has helped me in multiple positions, as a data science engineer and Agile ScrumMaster. I love solving interesting problems with motivated people in an amazing industry. Today, if the AC goes out, I just grab an ice water and call a mechanic!

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Testimonials

CEO Matt Flake discusses the unique qualities Veterans4Quality employees bring to his company

Drew Arnold explains why Veterans make great employees at Riverbed

SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES WHO CARE

We share a purpose to innovate and connect with cost-effective and scalable solutions that enable success. That's what we do and that's the benefit graduates of this program have brought to us.
www.arris.com

Veterans4Quality graduates embody fairness, respect, trust and loyalty. Qualities gained through service are valued at Accenture, where service is a strength.
www.accenture.com

Want to describe a Veteran? Use the Accruent values "Drive to Excellence, Humility, Winning Attitude, Integrity, Results Orientation and Grit". So when Accruent says they "hire only the best" you can trust that Veterans4Quality graduates are ready to help them shape the world.
www.accruent.com

In 2013 we saw the necessity for trained entry-level QE talent and the opportunity for Veterans to fill this need. The nonprofit Veterans4Quality was designed to be an economic solution not a charity. Both as the founder of Veterans4Quality and as a company that hires top talent, Bridge360 is proud to fly both flags.
www.bridge360.com

Our commitment to Veterans4Quality extends from the classroom to the workplace. We are proud to have employed graduates from every class since the very beginning.
www.dell.com

We're honored to have Veterans4Quality graduates among our incredibly dedicated and fiercely talented team.
www.everi.com

When your company mission is to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in software, you need an intelligent and trusted army to deliver and that's exactly how to describe graduates of this program.
www.exodusintel.com

GM is proud to be among the first companies to employ a Veterans4Quality graduate and prouder still that we were the first company to provide this critical program with a grant for their expansion.
www.gm.com

At HomeAway we believe in people making a difference which is why we are proud to provide some of our Subject Matter Experts as Veterans4Quality instructors and honored to have several graduates on our team.
www.homeaway.com

We're in the business of learning and communications and a learning mindset is a big part of who we are. Veterans4Quality graduates fit right into our culture not just for what they do but for who they are.
www.alchemysystems.com

Just like Veterans4Quality, "We love calling Austin home. Our business started here. Anything is possible in ATX." Congratulations on your continued success.
www.kendrascott.com

At Mitratech Jobs become careers. We are innovative, collaborative and thrive on helping others succeed. Veterans4Quality graduates are a natural fit for our culture and our mission.
www.mitratech.com

We saw the value of your program early and are proud to have employed graduates from your first classes. Those that choose a career at Nokia feel connected, inspired, empowered and engaged. And that's true for Veterans4Quality graduates too.
www.nokia.com

"The OS Team is composed of problem solvers" and your graduates are exactly that! With a worldwide presence, "our company is always looking for ways to make things easier, faster and better". Thank you Veterans4Quality for contributing to our success.
www.opensymmetry.com

As a full-service fundraising agency we understand the nonprofit world and the value provided by their missions. We not only salute Veterans4Quality, we employ them in our mission.
www.pursuant.com

"From a business perspective, Veterans4Quality has added a lot of talent. Veterans diversify us and make us more rich culturally. It's a win/win for everybody; the Veterans get a job and they make the company better."
- Matt Flake, CEO
www.q2ebanking.com

Veterans bring to the table several of the core values that RetailMeNot embraces. We are a proud supporter of Veterans4Quality.
www.retailmenot.com

"Veterans understand the value of a team. They work well within a team and they make the company a better place." Drew Arnold, former Senior Director, Americas Channel Engineering
www.riverbed.com

"Deeply philanthropic principles and community service are at the heart of Service Group's vibrant culture" so it's no wonder that graduates of Veterans4Quality have found this company to be a great employer with a true work/life balance.
www.sgifs.com

When your company results have "been recognized by Forrester’s Total Economic Impact study to deliver 667% in ROI", you have proof that your team is meeting the mission head-on and consistently well. Thank you Veterans4Quality for being part of our team.
www.smarterhq.com

Somnio knows Veterans have unique skills and talents and believes that the best work is done when the skills match the challenge, making this training highly valuable to companies and Veterans.
www.somnio.com

It can be tough to find talent in a competitive IT economy. Veterans4Quality has helped us fill the gap with a strong group of top talent says Randy Groves, VP Engineering. When your mission is to "solve the world's toughest problems", you want the country's toughest talent.
www.sparkcognition.com

Our mission is to improve accuracy, do more with less, provide better security and more. Graduates supporting our integrations help us deliver a better member experience.
www.sync1systems.com

Our team is "working towards securing today's connected world and our culture is our power". Graduates of Veterans4Quality thrive in cultures committed to excellence and often hold security clearances that enhance the most challenging missions.
www.trendmicro.com

Mickey Walker graduated from the very first class and has been contributing to our success ever since. His military experience and IT training deliver results for us, our retail customers and their shoppers.
vyze.com

"Whole Foods Market has been with Veterans4Quality since day one and remains an advocate for the mission and its graduates," says Brad Power, Web & eCommerce Technology Director. Graduates are essential to our growing workforce and deliver results every day.
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Just as "the Zilliant team has re-imagined how to help B2B companies solve challenges and transform", Veterans4Quality has re-imagined entry-level QE talent to show how off-shore cost benefits can be achieved with home-grown talent and US military grade excellence.
www.zilliant.com

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