Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor:

After serving her country for more than 11 years, Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor found herself in an all-too-frequent bind. She wanted to settle down and make a home for her two sons, her daughter, and her grandson. However, Juliet was living in an overcrowded two bedroom apartment here in Bridgeport, where she spent a disabling amount of her income on rent alone. A decorated veteran, devoted mother, and community activist, we could not have found a more dedicated or deserving homeowner for our first Veterans Build.

Staff Sergeant Taylor has an impressive military career. She is a decorated soldier who served an 18-month combat tour in Iraq and two humanitarian tours throughout the region.

Her military journey began in 2002, when Juliet enlisted in the United States Army, taking her initial training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.  Several months later, she returned to Connecticut where she was mobilized and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Significant assignments include: Squad leader, 62nd Medical Battalion, Fort Lewis, WA; Squad leader, 47 Area Support, Fort Lewis, WA; NCOIC, Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, VA.
Juliet is also a distinguished graduate of the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer course; Warrior Leaders course; Junior Leadership course; Equal Opportunity Leaders Representative course; Field Sanitation course; Combat Life Savers course; Patient Administration course; Chaplain’s Assistant course and Contract Apprentice course. Her military awards and decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Service Ribbon.

During service, Juliet was wounded and honorably discharged from the army. She suddenly found herself having to rapidly adjust to civilian society after more than a decade, a transition that is never easy.

However, she persevered. Even after serving abroad, Juliet continued wanting to serve at home and began working at the West Haven VA  Errera Center as a   Vocational Specialist, assisting veterans with securing and maintaining employment and as a veteran advocate.  She also served on the Board of Directors of Female Soldiers:  Forgotten Heroes, a transitional home for female veterans located in Bridgeport.  She continues to serve through the National Guard.

Juliet learned about the Habitat for Humanity CFC’s new Veterans Build program through the West Haven VA and was encouraged to apply to be a homeowner.   She was approved in February 2013 and she worked on her 500 hours of sweat equity, building her home and the homes of other Habitat homeowners. On November 11th, 2013, Juliet received the keys to her new home. She purchased her home with a 30 year, 0% mortgage from Habitat, and her monthly payments are a significant savings for her family, and allow her to truly have a place to call home.

 

“Wherever they go, whatever they do, my children will always have a place to call home.”