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by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor

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A Happy Beginning

Creed has hired a number of veterans himself. One in particular is Sean Heisey, who served on active duty with him.

The two met at Fort Bragg, North Carolina during pre-deployment training. They ultimately deployed to Afghanistan together, shared a tent and became good friends.

Heisey transitioned out of the National Guard after serving four years on active duty as an enlisted infantryman.

”I joined the Guard in 2006 and spent a long year in Afghanistan. When it was time for me to get out, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I was also experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that complicated my transition out,” said Heisey.

Heisey moved in with his mother who he credits as being very supportive of him during that difficult time in his life.

“I initially worked as a bartender at P. F. Chang’s but after a while, I got tired of the food service industry in general and wanted a change,” he said.

“I was pretty stubborn. Most people who have PTSD are. We don’t want to ask for help and then we can find ourselves in a real self-destructive cycle,” said Heisey.

“Eventually, I came to the realization that I needed to get a handle on things and I reached out to the Veterans Administration (VA). Sometimes the VA gets a bad rap, but they really helped me and I am grateful to this day,” he said.
“I was able to get the help I needed and I encourage others who are going through tough times to do the same,” he said.

In February 2010, Creed hired Heisey and both veterans have been pleased with the results.

“Sean is dedicated to his craft. If he doesn’t understand something, he’ll figure it out and he’ll do that on his own,” said Creed.

“On a daily basis, I legitimately look out for the best interests of others, helping them through whatever crisis that they may be facing,” said Heisey who initially worked in one Allstate office and now works with Creed in his two Arizona offices.

“It’s a good feeling to be able to help someone in need,” said Heisey who is also planning to get married soon.

Heisey not only enjoys working with Allstate but he also likes working with his old friend Creed, too.

“Rusty sets such a great example for others to follow. He is a good friend and a big mentor to me,” said Heisey.

“You learn a lot about someone with whom you spent a great deal of time with in less than ideal circumstances,” said Creed.

“Once I got to know Sean, I knew he would be a good fit for Allstate, too,’ said Creed. Maybe you are a good fit, too.

For More Information about the Program

Veterans and military spouses interested in participating in the Allstate Military Veterans and Spouses Program should first apply online at and complete the application and skills assessment. Also, Allstate has produced a series of veteran videos that can be found at

After the application is processed, applicants may then enroll in a virtual education course where they will learn what they need to know for a career in the insurance business.

Participants in the program also get a healthy dose of job search assistance as they learn how to build a strong resume and prepare for professional interviews.

Janet Farley is a noted career transition expert and the author of several guidebooks including her newest titled Military Life 101: Basic Training for New Military Families (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2016).

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