“My job is to provide indications and warnings of terrorist threats to the Department of the Navy,” said the 37-year-old. “It has always been very important for me to feel like I am doing something with impact, and I feel I have an impact because someone very important is making informed decisions based on my analyzes. . “
Bragg no longer works odd hours either, which his wife, Melanie, says has made a big difference in his ability to be there for her and their children, James, 5, and Emmalyn, 3.
“When he worked at these security posts, the hours kept him away from us constantly,” she said. “He worked nights, weekends and holidays, and it forced him to miss important events with children and family events. It put a strain on our family life.
“In his new job, he works Monday through Friday and can take time off if the kids or I get sick,” she said. “He never works on holidays or weekends, and we get to spend a lot of time together as a family because of that. It has made all the difference in our house.”
More important than all of this, however, is the effect the career change had on Bragg’s mental health.
“Over the years he became depressed and extremely introverted because he wasn’t happy with these jobs,” Melanie said. “He was perpetually disappointed because he began to believe that he would never have a career that would allow him to make a difference in the world. Since starting his new job he has been happier, calmer, more patient and more confident of himself and our future. “