Veterans Day Profile: 3L Kevin Vitale
SLU LAW 3L Kevin Vitale knows about discipline. In fact, his life revolves around it.
In addition to being a law student, Vitale is also a husband, a father and a full-time citizen soldier in the Missouri National Guard.
His typical day starts with a 6 a.m. CrossFit workout followed by a full day of work as a communications officer for a Missouri National Guard Homeland Response Force. Four days out of the week, he comes to SLU LAW for four hours of classes after he finishes his shift at work.
When his grueling schedule permits a few free hours, Vitale spends them with his wife of 11 years, Calista, and his 21-month old daughter, Caelan.
“As you can imagine, I stay very busy and almost every moment of my day is scheduled,” Vitale said. “I spend my ‘free’ time studying and spending time with Calista and Caelan. I couldn't ask for a more supportive and understanding wife and adoring daughter.”
Vitale credits his service in the military to giving him the discipline to juggle so many responsibilities. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps out of high school in 1999 and served five years of active duty working in electronics repair and network security forensics. From 2004 to 2007, Vitale served in the Marine Reserves while working a civilian job in information technology.
Vitale joined the Army ROTC in 2007 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Missouri National Guard in 2010 after completing his bachelor’s degree in public management and policy analysis. He started SLU LAW as a full-time student in the fall of 2010 only to move to the part-time evening program when he was offered an active duty position in the Guard during his first year of law school.
“I have no doubt that the my experience in the Marine Corps gave me the ability to push myself further, to work harder and to continue to give it my all,” Vitale said.
Vitale said he expects his hard work will pay off soon. He anticipates he will receive a promotion to captain in January 2014 and expects to finish law school within the next year as well. Vitale said he plans to use his law degree to continue serving his country.
“After graduation and the bar I hope to transition to a full-time legal position with the Homeland Response Force or possibly an active duty Title 10,” hesaid. “Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force -- I am open to them all.”