SENTINEL DEVERSON LOCHARD

Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine Corps | Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering

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Pictures from left to right: Deverson, Deverson with SOF Program and Outreach Manager Carol Prell, Deverson and SDSU robotics team

Sentinel Deverson Lochard’s 12-year military career came to an end when he was severely wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade during a deployment in Iraq. After his recovery and while trying to find a new goal for his post-military journey, he worked closely with wounded military members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, serving as a platoon commander and liaison coordinator. “I was inspired by the servicemen, who, despite life changing injuries and after extensive treatment, were able to walk, run, swim, and do things in everyday life we take for granted,” he says. After witnessing the tenacity of his fellow veterans, it did not take long for Deverson to decide he wanted to help people who had lost their limbs by contributing to the science of improving prosthetics.

Full of determination to accomplish his newfound goal, Deverson enrolled at San Diego State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. However, he soon realized that going to school while trying to provide for his young family would not be as simple as he would have hoped. With the help of his friend and current Sentinel, Mike Bitner, Deverson turned to Sentinels of Freedom for assistance.

Without having to worry about his family’s day-to-day expenses, Deverson excelled at school and graduated with his degree last month. Now, he has just started a position with Northrop Grumman and is that much closer to his ultimate goal. “Sentinels of Freedom has helped alleviate the stress associated with earning my degree,” he explains. “The guidance and support provided by them has given my family and me the peace of mind that has allowed me to focus on my education.” Grateful for the help he has received, Deverson wants to in turn help current and future Sentinels and provide them with the tools for success. “I would not have completed my degree without the help of Sentinels of Freedom.”