Veteran News in Texas

Welcome Vincent Rapp to the Combined Arms Team

July 28, 2020

Hello Combined Arms Community, 

My name is Vincent Rapp, the newest member of Combined Arms, and I am excited to be joining the organization as the Rural Texas Regional Manager.

I formerly held the role of Director of Veteran Recruitment at Texas State Technical College, so I am familiar with challenges endured by transitioning veterans. I am a native of a small Fort Worth town, oftenly referred to as “The cutting horse capital of the world” Weatherford Texas. I was very focused on basketball as a kid with dreams of being the next Michael Jordan. When my dreams of being a professional basketball player were crushed, I thought the Army might be the next best thing in regards to excitement in my life. While serving I was fortunate enough to serve in one of the most decorated units in the Army 1-7 CAV. While I was serving I also was able to get my associates degree in preparation to transition back into civilian life. 

After separating from the Army I finished my bachelors degree in political science at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor (Go Cru). Like many other veterans I had a hard time fitting into the civilian world. I had multiple surgeries in the span of 18 months stemming from injuries sustained in the military. It took me a while to finally find my footing. After graduating I was a coach in East Texas for a year before relocating to Waco to be with my fiancé at the time. I worked as the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator at Cabela's until taking a position at Texas State Technical College as the Project Coordinator on their Alignment Team. While there, I helped research capacity and analyzed capabilities of expansion and the processes required to do so. After being at TSTC for some time, I was asked to help lead the Veteran Recruitment Team that we established at the Rosenberg campus. In that role I found my true calling, helping Veterans find the resources to be successful in life. 

As the Rural Texas Regional Manager for Combined Arms, I will oversee statewide rural operations and help with the growth of Combined Arms methodology and technology. I will combine community leaders, member organizations, stakeholders, state officials, and key agencies to positively impact the rural Texas veteran community. 

I am extremely excited to be a part of the growth happening at Combined Arms. I felt that my military service was relatively easy, so having the ability to help those that have given so much more really makes me feel like I am still giving back to the men and women that served.