Bridgette Stine knows the power of words.
Through her journals posted to U.S. Bank’s Proud to Serve military Business Resource Group (BRG) community, she’s shared what it’s like to play the dual role of military servicemember and U.S. Bank employee. In 2018, she spoke to a companywide audience for U.S. Bank’s annual Veterans Day event. Her goal is to help colleagues understand her experience in the military and how it feels to balance being a First Sergeant with her life back home in Racine, Wisconsin, as a Wealth Management banker. In the video above, she spoke about returning from her most recent deployment late last year.
Bridgette has spent two decades in the U.S. Army Reserves and is coming up on one decade at U.S. Bank. She joined us just three days after coming off active duty orders for a 2009-2010 deployment.
It was challenging to adjust to life in the corporate world, but the Proud to Serve BRG and military-friendly culture helped ease the transition. The company provided a pair of iPads so she and her family could video chat while she was deployed.
“There are not that many companies that would do that,” says her husband, Eric. “It’s a really, really nice thing. It’s really appreciated by the family, too.”
Bridgette is now paying it forward as vice president of the Southeast Wisconsin Proud to Serve BRG chapter at the company.
“The people I work with at U.S. Bank, from my manager to my coworkers to the branch support – they were all very, very supportive,” says Stine. “My boss said, ‘You come back when you’re ready. Your job is here. We’re here for you.’”
Written by Arielle Goldberg of U.S. Bank. Learn more about how the company supports employees in the military, veterans and their family members at proudtoserve.usbank.com.