From pain to para-athlete.

By: Jessica Bonardi

V Teamer and Marine veteran Kyle Pitman’s lifelong pursuit of excellence.

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On today’s episode of Up To Speed, we meet Kyle Pitman, a Denver-based Senior Manager for the Technology Software Development team.

A lifelong athlete, Kyle began his rowing career in high school and was recruited for the United States Naval Academy’s rowing team. After graduating, he became an officer in the Marine Corps and spent more than a decade serving throughout the country and overseas. But his service took a toll on his body: He eventually started having limited mobility in his hips and was told he would need a double-hip replacement.

When he met his wife, who is also an athlete, she encouraged him to get classified as a para-athlete, so he could continue to pursue his passion for competitive cycling on a level playing field. After qualifying, he quickly began accumulating championship wins – and he says he’s just getting started.

As for why he chose to work for Verizon, Kyle said he was keen on joining a company that truly cares about veterans: “It’s good to be part of a company that aligns its Credo with a lot of the familiar things that I believed in – the things that motivated me day to day in the military.”

Many employees, like Kyle, have chosen not to let their disability stop them from reaching their goals. To connect with our Verizon disability community, check out the ADVANCE ERG, and learn more about how Verizon supports our diverse workforce.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, Verizon will honor veterans by making a donation to Wounded Warrior Project for every reward code redeemed. Existing Verizon Up members can simply go to the app, claim and redeem the reward. If you’re not a member yet, download the free My Verizon app and sign up for Verizon Up. Submit your reward code and Verizon will make a $1 donation to honor veterans.

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