James (Kevin) Veal of Queen Creek, AZ is a January 2016 recipient of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Veal attends Mesa Community College’s Mortuary Science Program in Mesa, AZ and is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.
James (Kevin) Veal wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He just knew he needed a change and was looking for something to suit his personality. His interest in the funeral profession began in 2007 when he was hired as an apprentice funeral service practitioner and embalmer.
After two and a half years at Andreason’s Cremation and Burial Service, he found what he was looking for.
“I was convinced that this was the career path for me,” said Veal. “It was here that I gained an appreciation and love for learning, the gift of listening and attending to people while making funeral arrangements with them. I knew this was the direction I wanted to go.”
He moved from Oregon to Arizona to attend Mesa Community College and as they say, the rest is history.
“I cannot emphasize enough my love for this profession,” said Veal. “This work is not about me, but those whom I will serve. Those are the words I want to live by.”