Here at Code of Support Foundation, we could not achieve our mission without our amazing case managers. Being a case manager changes the lives of countless military families and requires an extreme amount of patience, empathy, and kindness. This is why we are so grateful to welcome Joe to our team – our newest case manager!

What are you most excited for when it comes to your role at COSF?

After experiencing the transition from soldier to civilian, I found myself asking many questions without clear information available. The information is out there if you can find it. This is an unnecessary obstacle that can frustrate veterans into inaction. After learning about Code of Support, I was thrilled to learn of the attention and detail given to each client. Being a part of that frontline support and building relationships with my brothers and sisters in arms is not only exciting, but deeply fulfilling!

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day in the Halliday household might be an oxymoron! My wife and I tend to be early risers, and usually due to a 3 month-old baby alarm clock we can’t turn off. Despite the lack of sleep, we love the family life with our 4 children. We try to get an early workout in before the entire crew wakes up. My wife is the superhero of the family and keeps us on track. She does everything from homeschooling our children to signing them up for everything possible!

Things usually calm down in the late afternoon with a swim in the pool. We might sneak in a phone call from our oldest son or grandparents. A neighborhood walk usually bookends the day. Of course, all this is subject to change because of family wrestling matches in the living room or intense games of hide-in-go-seek!

Why are you passionate about serving the military/veteran community?

I proudly served as a member of the United States Army. The first two lines in the Soldiers Creed are, I am an American soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. After service, you still belong to the greatest team ever assembled. One of the reasons why our team is so great is we take care of our own. Our duty as soldiers, veterans, or American citizens is to help and take care of each other.

Who is someone you look up to?

Two people come to mind when I think about this question. Command Sergeant Major George Horvath is one of the most knowledgeable, friendly, and down-to-earth people I have ever met. He is a natural leader of men, positive and to the point. He can take over a room with his charisma and still make time to talk and listen to everyone there. George has been instrumental in me learning to be a better husband, father, and man.

The second person is my father, John Halliday. Growing up, children naturally have this push-pull relationship with their parents. Now that I am a parent, I can’t help but look back in awe of how my dad did it. He raised us in a stable household regardless of the curveballs life threw at him. Now, seeing the softer side of him with his grandchildren really fills me with joy! Thank you dad!

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