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Each day, the VA honors a special military veteran for their dedicated service on their blog, VAntage Point. Today’s feature is Navy Veteran Nikki Taylor, who served as a dental technician and now works as a healthcare advocate for Veterans.

Nikki Taylor was raised in a military family and grew up in the veteran community thanks to her parents, each Navy veterans of 20 years. Inspired by the camaraderie, commitment, and service displayed by her parents and in her community, Taylor grew up to serve in the US Navy as a hospital corpsman and specialized as a dental technician between 2013 and 2018.

During that time, Taylor provided support to dental providers in exams and operative procedures and performed cleanings on service members to “maintain their medical and dental readiness.” Her last duty station was at Naval Branch Medical Clinic Capodochino at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy. During her service, Taylor earned the Good Conduct Metal and two Flag Letters.

Now, Taylor lives and works in Dallas, Texas building on her medical experience in the Navy by working as a healthcare advocate for the Texas Veterans Commission at the Dallas VA Medical Center. Her position allows her to aid veterans in navigating the healthcare system by helping them through the process of enrollment, the selection of a primary care provider, and addressing any health care questions and concerns.

In addition to her job helping fellow veterans, Taylor is enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she hopes to obtain her bachelor’s degree in social work. She then plans to earn her Master’s degree so that she can continue serving her community. 

Thank you for your continued service, Nikki!

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