Clinton, NC, November 10, 2020
Delia Niles was only 17 when she enlisted in the U.S. Army. In fact, because of her age, her mother was required to sign her up. Her military career, which spanned 11 years, took her all over the world including Texas, New York, North Carolina, Germany, London, and Afghanistan. She has always had a talent for fixing things so she trained to become a heavy equipment mechanic working on tanks and engineering trucks.
“I’ve always enjoyed helping and fixing things, whether it’s people or equipment,” said Delia. She reclassified in the U.S. Army and became a behavioral health specialist where she helped soldiers through outpatient therapy. After leaving the military, she worked hard, earned a Master’s degree as a social worker, and pursued a career in the behavioral health field. Now, she works for Easterseals UCP as an outpatient therapist helping children, teens and adults living with behavioral health challenges.
Delia said, “The only way I could have become the therapist and the provider that I am today is through my experiences in the service. It was through working with the drug and alcohol treatment team in the military that I gained the knowledge and skills while learning that there are so many different levels of need. Being a social worker allows me the opportunity to help people struggling with substance abuse and I am grateful Easterseals UCP allows me that opportunity too.”
On this Veterans Day, Delia celebrates her “battle buddies” and military throughout the U.S. and the world. Thank you Delia and soldiers nationwide for your sacrifice and service! Happy Veterans Day!ABOUT EASTERSEALSEasterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and behavioral health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Kathy.Edgerton@eastersealsucp.com(O) 919-865-8660 | (C) 919-208-0621