In the Meet Our Veterans series, we proudly recognize Netsmart associates who have worn the uniforms of the armed forces. It’s sincerely a privilege to work alongside individuals who have served our country. We thank them and all military members and their families across the U.S. for their service yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Continue reading to follow Tim’s unique journey from the U.S. Marine Corps to Netsmart.
Tim Bellamy, Senior System Engineer
1. What motivated you to join the military?
There were several reasons that contributed to my decision to join the military. The first major driver was my desire to do something more with my life and make a difference. Secondly, having relatives who served in WWII and Vietnam, I was inspired by their stories and respected their service.
2. Why did you choose the military branch you did?
I knew if I joined the Marines, I would be guaranteed to travel abroad 😊. I also knew they were the toughest branch, so I wanted to prove myself by taking on a great challenge. But in the end, the Marines are the best branch in the service!
3. What lead you to a career at Netsmart?
When I first heard about Netsmart back in 2013, I did some research on their work and values. I recall being impressed by the vision and drive they possessed. Knowing I wanted to work for a company where I knew my daily contributions were making a difference, Netsmart felt like a good fit. I am still impressed today by how our collective efforts continue to help empower the care our clients provide.
4. Described the transition back into the civilian workforce.
The transition back to the civilian workforce was a bit of a shock. You go from a very strict schedule to a relaxed one. But in all honesty, it’s all based on the scope. In the military, especially the Marines, everyone is focused on one goal: making sure all Marines are taken care of. We used to have a saying, although corny, it still has a strong meaning to me — “Semper Gumby,” which means “always flexible.” Another saying I strongly connected to, and I still live by is “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.” Both sayings help me remain optimistic and grounded as I navigate all of life’s transition.
5. How has your service and experiences impacted your work at Netsmart?
Dedication, motivation, mission success and teamwork are all skills I refined in the Marines and apply to my work today at Netsmart.
6. How do you recognize Veterans Day?
I start off that day by taking time to send an email, text or IM to my Marine family and wish them a Happy Veterans Day. At work, I try to reach out to Netsmart associates who have served, and I wish them a Happy Veterans Day as well. When I finally get home, my kids will wish me a Happy Veterans Day, and I enjoy the rest of the day in their company.
7. What was the one thing you learned that surprised you from your time serving?
One thing that still surprises me today, but doesn’t at the same time, is how close I still am with the individuals I served alongside. All of the individuals from my assigned platoons still feel like brothers and sisters to me, and I would still be proud to fight by their sides today.