A retired officer in the United States Army, Thomas Mengesha received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among several other honors, for his military service. With a BA in political science from the University of South Carolina, an MA in public administration from the University of Akron, and a juris doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University, Thomas Mengesha aspires to be a professional clinical mental health counselor.
To that end, Mr. Mengesha is studying for his MS in clinical mental health counseling through Walden University while serving as a casualty assistance coordinator, public affairs specialist, and legal administrative specialist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Detroit.
In addition to his public sector work, Mr. Mengesha led his eponymous law firm as an attorney at law for several years and hosted a television talk show that discussed topics such as sports, religion, news, and entertainment. He also served as an instructor at American InterContinental University and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland University College (since rebranded as the University of Maryland Global Campus).
Aspiring counselor Thomas Mengesha also wrote The Service Member’s Guide to Deployment. The first publication of its kind, the book is intended to benefit service members and their loved ones by facilitating a better understanding of what deployment in the Iraq/Afghan war theater of operations is like.