SALUTE OUR TROOPS: Ross Bryant believes his true calling was always one of service
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
Ross Bryant thought he had it all figured out. He was going to be a rock star.
Then came reality.
“I had no money for college. I didn’t have a plan for college. I just wanted to get out and start my own life, and so at 18 I enlisted in the Army to be a tank driver in Europe,” said Bryant.
His father was a Navy man, so the move into military life was a natural one. In the Army he advanced quickly.
“I was one of the first to get trained on the new M1 tank when it was new 40 years ago,” said Bryant.
That training eventually saw Ross become a tank commander. Training and mentoring were a part of his everyday duties.
Fast forward to today, Ross now trains, mentors and counsels some 1800 veterans at UNLV.
Since 2012, he has been the director of the Veteran Services Resource Center helping vets transition from military life to campus and civilian life.
“They say if you love what you’re doing, it’s not a job. This is definitely it for me” said Bryant.
Through it all his biggest supporter has been his wife Amy.
“I have known him for 20 years. I knew him when he was active duty, and I’ve known him for a long time as a veteran, and for him it’s always about, how do I make a difference, how do I help?” said Amy Frost.
Today, Bryant admits becoming a rock star was never really in the cards. His true calling was always one of service.
“I think I was meant to be a soldier from day one. In fact, I miss it to this day,” he said.