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Kevan Camacho

United States Army
M.S.N Candidate, Class of 2022
School of Nursing

“As a Bass military scholar, veterans are brought into an environment where individuals from all walks of life are brought together to promote mutual success.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

I spent eight years as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician in the army. My first duty station was Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks Alaska, where I spent three years. I was also stationed at Fort Campbell KY where I deployed to both, Iraq and Afghanistan. What I value most about my military service was being forced into situations that catalyzed my personal growth. The military forced me to develop a strong character, which has been the backbone to my success in my life
after the military.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I am open to mentoring students while attending Vanderbilt. I feel that I am a great example of how the military can prepare individuals for success in various settings. I am a firm believer in establishing goals throughout every phase of life. The continually development of goals is a skill that can even improve the trajectory of the most successful individuals.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

I am attending the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGAC-NP) program at Vanderbilt, where I will gain the knowledge and certifications to practice as a mid-level provider in the healthcare field. I plan to use this knowledge I gain during my time at Vanderbilt to help catapult me towards my long term goal of opening my own healthcare practice.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

I would like to share with other veterans about the team mentality within the Bass Military Scholars Program. As a Bass military scholar, veterans are brought into an environment where individuals from all walks of life are brought together to promote mutual success. This program is an opportunity for veterans to pursue academic and professional goals, while the team works together to remove any barriers to those goals.