Journey to a Job: Army vet seeks a little help to get where she’s going

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Parked outside the Alabama Career Center, you can see Lori Mobbs' 1996 Ford Ranger pickup has quite a few miles on it.

Just how many miles, she's not sure.

"The odometer's quit working," she says with a laugh.

Unfortunately, the truck is her only form of transportation and she has a big trip coming up.

Mobbs, a disabled Army veteran who lives in Cedar Bluff, Alabama, has been offered a job with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park in Washington State.

The job offer comes after several years of hard work and a major career change.

Mobbs was just 20 years old when she enlisted in the Army. She served 15 years as a military medic, through four enlistments.

In 2010, she decided it was time to go back to school and get her college degree.

"It was a little struggle being out of high school 30 years and going back to it but I think I was more mature and more ready for it being older," Mobbs says.

Now a grandmother, Mobbs graduated in December with a degree in geography.

Her focus in archaeology and Native American history made her a perfect fit for Olympic National Park, which was searching for an interpretive ranger to work in the Hoh Rainforest.

Bob Gossett is a disabled veteran’s outreach specialist with the Alabama Career Center who helped Mobbs in her job search.

"I'm very proud of Lori...it's a tough accomplishment," he says.

Now, Mobbs faces another obstacle.

The NPS has given her a start date of May 30 and she doubts whether her truck can make the cross-country trip of 2,800 miles.

With the encouragement of friends, she's set up a GoFundMe page, asking for transportation help.

Anyone interested in helping Mobbs, may click here to donate or offer assistance.

In the meantime, Mobbs says she's just thankful for the help she's already received from Gossett and the Alabama Career Center.

The career center offers a variety of services to veterans, including VA benefit information, military-to-civilian transition help, education counseling, resume workshops and job referrals.

There are centers located across the state. The Huntsville location is at 2535 Sparkman Drive.

For more information about the Huntsville facility, click here.

Veterans in need of assistance are invited to call 256-851-0537 and ask for a vets representative.

There is also the online state job bank called JobLink.

However, Gossett says job seekers may find it helpful to speak with a representative who can also help them with networking and other employment skills.