Yá'át'ééh abíní shik'éí dóó shidine'é. Shí éí Heather Bizadi yinishyé! Lok'aah niteel déé’ naashá.
Good Rising! My name is Heather Bizadi. I was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in a small town of Ganado, Arizona. I am a proud mother to a 9-year-old son named Jack. As a Native American woman & a Marine Corps Veteran, the Navajo hózhóogo naasháa doo (beauty walk of life) has guided me to Liberty Military Housing. In 2015, I began my journey at the Mountain District as a CSR. Shortly after, I was promoted to the role of Service Manager. The challenges that came with this job have paved the way to an auspicious tomorrow. I was then promoted to the SSC Manager for the SSC Team, and currently work as the Regional Maintenance Administrative Coordinator for Southwest Marines.
Growing up on the Navajo Reservation there are many challenges the people face, such as living without potable drinking or running water, no electricity, & poor living conditions. Unfortunately, this is still common in 2022. My grandfather served in the Vietnam War. One day, I asked him what it was like returning home; to this day it breaks my heart to hear his response. His experience was not a warm welcome like you see today. Much like the living conditions mentioned previously, he was forced to live in a lamentable environment with his wife & 4 boys. Although it took years to acquire a suitable home for his family, he lived out the rest of his days to become a successful advocate for children’s health, education & fighting to provide homes for homeless Native American Veterans. In the 11 years following his death, the following became possible: The U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs announced a program that assists Native American Veterans who are homeless & those at risk of homelessness to acquire affordable housing. New schools & sporting programs have been built & implemented across the reserve, and more accessible scholarship programs for students K-12. Health education & awareness, health & exercise programs have been put into place in schools and the workplace. I tell this story because we have come a long way from the Vietnam War 47 years ago.
The mission statement to me means more than just providing exemplary service, personal & professional growth & keeping engaged with our military partners. It means we cannot change the past, but as employee-owners we can shape the future for ourselves & the younger generation. I believe with the opportunities Liberty Military Housing provides its employee-owners, we can make the same impact my grandfather has made many years ago.
My name tag will always say United States Marine, but I will hold Liberty Military Housing in my heart forever.
Nizhónígo Nee Ado'ááł. Ahéhee. (Have a nice day! Thank you!)
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