Brent lives with his wife and four daughters in Northwestern Vermont. He joined the Vermont Army National Guard in 2004, after being inspired by his father’s Marine Corps service in Vietnam. From May of 2005 to July of 2006, Brent was deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq as a Combat Medic. While in Iraq, Brent was wounded, receiving both shrapnel wounds to his legs and a Traumatic Brain Injury. After working for the Department of Defense for three years, he was simultaneously discharged from the military and DOD in the late fall of 2009. Since 2006, Brent has worked closely as a consultant with Senator Bernie Sanders Office regarding veterans’ reintegration issues and disability claims. During his service in the military, he was awarded the Combat Medic Badge, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal , Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Mobilization Device), Overseas Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Vermont Commendation Medal, Vermont Distinguished Service Medal, Vermont Veterans Medal, Vermont Good Conduct Ribbon, Vermont Active Duty Training Ribbon, Vermont Service Ribbon, and Vermont Duty Ribbon.
From 2006 to 2008, Brent also worked as a Public Health Researcher for the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the Vermont Department of Health, under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Ona. Brent is an Abenaki Nation Tribal Member, and one of six speakers left of the Western Abenaki Language in the world. He is the spokesman for the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi. Brent recently finished a two-year term on the Executive Board of Abenaki Self-Help Association, Inc. (ASHAI), which spearheads all social service provision for the Abenaki Nation.
Brent returned to the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2010, to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Social Work (BSW), and a minor in Anthropology. He graduated from UVM’s BSW program in 2013, as one of the top five senior award winners in the entire undergraduate class, winning the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize. He is a member of Phi Alpha National Honor Society of Social Work, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society of Social Sciences, the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Student Veterans Organization, UVM’s Boulder Society, and a 2012 Truman Scholarship recipient. He was also awarded numerous academic achievement awards from UVM throughout the BSW program.
He is currently attending UVM’s Advanced Standing Master’s Degree in Social Work program, and will graduate in May 2014. He would like to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, starting in the fall of 2014. With a Ph. D., Brent would pursue a professorship at UVM, in the Social Work Department. Brent currently works as an MSW social work intern at HowardCenter, in the Safety Connection Program of Developmental Services, providing case management and clinical social work for adults living with developmental disabilities.
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