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    My Story: Jason Tobey

    I spent my high school years growing up in a small town in Northern California. Though I was a good student, there were very few resources to help me choose a financially feasible course to college, so I decided to join the United States Marine Corps. I served in the Marine Corps from 1991 to 1997 completing many tours including Desert Hope, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

    After my honorable discharge from the military, I expected that my service would make me a sought-after candidate. Instead, I found that both companies and society did not always look favorably upon this first Gulf War or the servicemen or women involved.

    After changing jobs a number of times and exploring a number of industries, I decided to go back to school and focus on interior design and architectural design. I developed a passion for green and universal design for all and envisioned creating a design firm focusing on these two areas.

    I first started looking for a position when I graduated in 2009, but at the height of the economic recession, there were no positions available. It was at this time that I found out about Goodwill of Orange County and their microenterprise development program. The 15-week course provided valuable information about getting a business started. Each class had a guest speaker that I not only learned from, but also used as a networking resource.

    While I was taking the course, I was involved with the local American Legion post in my area and recognized an opportunity to meet their security needs for their facility and their events. Using the knowledge I was gaining through Goodwill’s future business owner’s course, I temporarily changed my course and began developing Semper Fi Security, Inc.

    Jason Tobey performs security duties at an area building.Semper Fi Security provides many services, such as parking and traffic control as well as greeters and watchmen. For the American Legion Post, it was able to ensure proper membership, sign-in of their guests and parking control. In addition to myself, Semper Fi Security has been able to provide part time positions for eight additional veterans. With a recent contract for vessel charters, boating and entertainment companies, I expect to hire many more former veterans and their immediate families.

    I continue to be active in Goodwill’s services by participating in the follow-up membership program Goodwill Business Connections. While my dream is still to design a better world through architecture and interiors, I am enjoying building a new business that provides opportunities for veterans and their families that are adjusting back into civilian life and looking to receive positive gainful employment.

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    • Bruce Belknap
      August 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Jason, You have done the remarkable – turned an adverse situation into something VERY positive. Job well done! Thank you for your service. This country and I am proud of Marines like yourself – do not ever forget that.
      Bruce Belknap

    • RAhul
      December 12th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Great Job Jason. The world needs more people like you. Greetings from India..

    • Paul Wittrock
      March 15th, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Well done, brother. While there will always be the occasional critics of our military, never forget that there are many, many people not only in America but worldwide who are deeply appreciative of the service and sacrifice of America’s servicemen and women. The critics haven’t been there, haven’t done the job like you have. You can take great pride in your service to our nation, Marine, and be prouder still of what you are achieving and will continue to achieve. All the best.

    • Lisa Flugstad
      May 6th, 2013 at 10:49 am


      • Ron hassan
        October 31st, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        thank you

    • Dante
      May 13th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you for your service Jason! Keep up the good work!

    • Pat
      October 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Jason! There aren’t too many Tobey families around that spell the name like we do. My maiden name was Tobey. My grandparents, Albert Thorpe and Ruth Tobey lived in Binghamton, NY. Any relation? They were my FAVORITE people!
      I’ve been happily married to a Disabled Viet Nam Marine Vet for 42 years. He knows all about not being appreciated. But despite set backs, he also managed to start his own business at age 50. Unfortunately, because of severe health problems, the business has failed. The one piece of advise he would give is: “Know when to make a change and don’t throw good money after bad.” Of course he would also have me say “Thank you and Semper Fi!”

    • Jacqui Adam
      November 17th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Great job Jason. Thank you for blessing Americans with your service and dedication and for making the best of a difficult situation. All the best to you and any future endeavors.

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