Life has a way of throwing the craziest curve balls at some people. For life coach and army veteran, Carmelo Rodriguez, tribulation took a whole new level after being declared “dead” by the Veterans Administration.
Carmelo knows what it’s like to serve others. He spent a good fraction of his life serving his country as a military man. Today, he continues to serve others through his coaching business and by working as a police officer at the same time. But what’s amazing about Carmelo is his ability to bounce back from great difficulty to still find the motivation and joy to serve others even through life’s challenges.
The veteran knew early on that life isn’t always easy. After an error by the administration in charge of the welfare of US military veterans, he was declared dead. Consequently, he lost access to all his benefits. What resulted was a battle with bureaucracy and repercussions within government systems that made it near impossible for Carmelo to find any form of fair treatment and closure.
After jumping from one office to another, agency after agency would simply write Carmelo off as dead. He worked hard to claim back his identity and life, looking for that one open door to rectifying reports. In the middle of the struggle, the veteran started a documentary series to bring light on his case and to help the many others who had been through the same ordeal. The documentary went on to gain a national audience.
Today, Carmelo is anything but dead. He actively serves the community and his country to this very day. Armed with a story to tell, Carmelo has looked to inspire others to rise above their challenges and persevere in their battles against their own immovable mountains. He picked up a certification as a life coach and found his sweet spot in motivational speaking. Today, the life coach uses the story of his battle with government bureaucracy to push others to keep fighting for themselves.
Carmelo also shares stories of hope he picked up when he experienced homelessness growing up, which forced him to live off of public assistance programs for a season. “Growing up I had to deal with the idea that I might not eat that day,” says Carmelo. “It wasn’t because of choice but because I couldn’t afford it or there was no food in the house.” Ultimately, Carmelo found a way to rise above the challenges life threw his way. Now, he hopes that he can share to others how they can build resilience in themselves to face whatever might come their way.
Apart from being a life coach, Carmelo is also an author who has written four books based on his own stories that look to inspire and motivate others. He is also a police officer and a Crisis Intervention Officer. He has a Masters of Business Administration and holds certifications for crisis management, conflict management, and negotiations.
Carmelo remains proud to be called a combat veteran of the United States Army despite the injustice he has faced. He hopes to fight for the rights of other veterans who are maligned and sold short by the corruption in today’s system.