Kevin and Beth Bell
Military Challenges – Kevin and Beth Bell have been transforming the lives of U.S. military families for the past 20 years through their AMWAYTM business. “A lot of the country doesn’t realize what military families are going through,” says Beth, “or how dramatic or traumatic it is for the families left behind.”
Having served in Operation Desert Storm in the first Gulf War as a scout platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division, Kevin is quite familiar with the ways of the military and the related challenges that arise. “Beth and I got married soon after she graduated, and five days later I left to serve in the Gulf War. I was gone for almost a year,” explains Kevin, who completed his undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Time for Passion
Just six months after Beth graduated from the Physician’s Assistant (PA) program at Duke University, she was running a clinic on her own. Kevin eventually returned to the states to work as a commander and military executive officer – at the same time.
“We were both successful and very passionate about our careers, but we had no time,” shares Beth. “More success in our careers would yield more money but even less time to be together and to start the family we wanted.”
When Kevin learned that his friend had started an AMWAY business while still working in the military, he was floored. “I was surprised he was able to do anything outside of the crazy military schedule,” says Kevin.
In 1991, Kevin and Beth decided to pursue their own AMWAY business. “In the first four years we had accomplished everything we’d ever dreamed of,” adds Kevin. “In the first two years we were able to replace our incomes in our spare time, in the third year we were able to get out of debt including some enormous student loans, and in the fourth year we were able to save a significant amount of money.”
Beth left practicing medicine in 1995, and Kevin, who had gotten into real estate since leaving the military, left his job in early 1996.
Kevin and Beth continue to be highly active in sharing the AMWAY business opportunity with military families. “Many come back for six to nine months and are then deployed again. It’s difficult to leave your family for that length of time over and over again,” shares Kevin. “We create a support network for the families while helping to create an income that can help the soldiers make a successful transition out of the military when their time of service is complete.
“These families proudly sacrifice so much for so many years without expecting anything in return. The least we can do is help them transition with dignity. That’s a difficult thing in this economy and one of the worst job markets ever.”
While Beth may not be employed as a PA, she still makes use of her medical knowledge in the homes of military families. “I practice medicine more now that I can do it for free than when I was actually practicing medicine,” she laughs. “I’m able to help them to know what’s an emergency and what’s not an emergency. It saves them time and the stress of waiting in an emergency room.”
Kevin also helps to contribute to those with medical concerns – but in a different way. “There’s money for wounded warriors, but they aren’t taking it. They don’t want someone to just give them money,” he says. “They want to earn it. We give them a vehicle, with an AMWAY business, that can make them money even if they are wounded.”
Kevin and Beth probably have business in all 50 U.S. states as well as foreign countries. They went Diamond in 2003 and just recently broke two new 1500pv organizations.
“It gives us a lot of fulfillment,” says Beth. “We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.”