Omari’s Story

After graduating high school (barely) I started my military journey.  I was 17 years old and eager to start on the path of achieving my goal of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL.  Yet, after 4 years of service I decided to exit the Navy. 30 Days after I left the Navy, I joined up again.In 1998, I had the honor to attend SEAL training, but was medically dropped.  A dear friend talked me into staying in the Navy despite not becoming a Navy SEAL.  And it was worth it.

At my 16 year mark (2009), I was Selected for Chief Petty Officer.  Becoming a Chief was unlike anything I could imagine. Well worth the wait.

I spent my last 6 years of my career supporting Naval Special Warfare Group ONE.  I retired 2015.

Entrepreneurship hit me in 2012.  I started my first business while still in the military.  In 2014, I attended my first American Dream U (ADU) event.  It was because of ADU I learned what was really possible outside the confines of the military.

So here I am… 6 Children, Married, Entrepreneur

My first year after was like starting from the bottom.  Even with a Bachelor’s degree and plenty of experience.  I completed two Master’s degrees and started 2 other companies.  But, every day I have to earn my spot.

I have to give credit where credit is due, ADU helped me to smooth out the rough edges.

A couple of tips for the next transitioning veteran who may find this story:

  1. Read everyday
  2. Go beyond “Networking” and build meaningful relationships with people who are where you want to be
  3. It’s going to get hard…keep the faith


Omari Broussard
U.S. Navy
Chief Petty Officer (ret) – 22 years