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U.S. Army Veteran and NHI Emeryville Student Gene Gilliam Continues to Give Back and Serve Others

U.S. Army Veteran and NHI Emeryville Student Gene Gilliam

U.S. Army Veteran and NHI Emeryville Student Gene Gilliam

In honor of Veterans Day, we acknowledge Gene Gilliam, a current student at our NHI Emeryville Campus who spent over three decades serving in the U.S. Army.

Gene is one of many veterans enrolled in our Core Massage Therapy Training Program. We are grateful to Gene, and all of the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces.

Learn more about Gene, and how he continues his commitment to serve others, from the military to massage therapy, in his story below.

33 Years in the U.S. Army

U.S. Army Veteran and NHI Emeryville Student Gene GilliamIn February 2018, after serving 33 years in the U.S Army it was time for me to retire. After retirement, I spent most of my time helping whose who are less fortunate with donation drives, clothing, food or just going out to speak with them to see what their needs were.

In 2021, I found that some needed some kind of support from sleeping out in the environment. Also, I had friends that were having cosmetic surgery who needed massages. So I decided to become a massage therapist.

I looked into Massages Jobs and found that I needed to get certified, so I found NHI, one of the most popular schools for massage therapy, and one of the only massage therapy schools that the federal government recognizes for VA Disability Rehabilitation.

I can Help People with just a Simple Massage

Since attending NHI, I have learned about the importance of muscles, and how they play a big part in how our body moves and how we feel on a daily basis. I now see how I can give back to my community and help people with just a simple massage. I feel more confident knowing how I can help those in need. I have learned more about the body system than I ever did in high school.

U.S. Army Veteran Gene Gilliam serving in Iraq

U.S. Army Veteran Gene Gilliam serving in Iraq

I Wish to Continue to Give Back and Make Others Happy

Once I graduate from NHI, I plan to start my own business, where I will be able to make my own work schedule, and perform volunteer work and massages to low and no income clients. I have always supported my country by giving back, so I wish to continue to give back and make others happy.

If I had to choose a massage therapy school again, NHI would be it.”

If I had to choose a massage therapy school again, NHI would be it. NHI has the best and strongest support channels with mentors and instructors to help you succeed as a student in your goals as a massage therapist. The instructors are very knowledgeable on all subjects of massage therapy.

Massage Therapy for Military Veterans

To learn more about how massage can make a difference for veterans, visit the American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) page on Massage Therapy for Military Veterans

Are you a Veteran or interested in serving Veterans with Massage Therapy? Get the details on how to pursue a career in massage therapy with National Holistic Institute. Complete this form to connect with an admissions representative today.