COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Meet Taysa Markus, a shining star at DLA Land and Maritime, in the latest episode of the DLA Rap produced by DLA Headquarters. Markus defines resiliency. At the end of the Vietnam War, her family took on hardship, adversity and trauma and persevered. Today Markus is an electronics engineer with Land and Maritime’s Engineering and Technical Support Directorate. In the video, which premiered May 12, Markus describes the events that ultimately brought her to Columbus, Ohio, and how they impacted her.
Markus’ journey to the Central Ohio logistics hub began in her hometown of Hue, Vietnam, where her father worked as a naval officer in the South Vietnamese army and her mother was a homemaker.
Following the end of the Vietnam War, Markus’ father was put into a labor camp by the Vietnamese government and remained there for 12 years. Her mother entered trade and traveled to support the family during those long years. A change that proved pivotal for the family came in 1991 when they were admitted into the United States through the Humanitarian Resettlement Program.
“My first impression of the U.S. was, we made it to the great country, giving us hope for a better future,” Markus said.
Click here to watch the full video and hear more about Markus’ journey