KIMBERLY S. BRAMLETT | U.S. COURTS – EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI | CAPE GIRARDEAU
Being employed at the federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Kimberly Bramlett is in a position to help people. Bramlett started a specialty Veterans Court in the Eastern District federal court, a program that has become a national model for others.
What do you consider your biggest accomplishment so far? I would consider Veterans Court as my biggest accomplishment so far. It has been a wonderful opportunity to give back to the veterans who have served our country and offer them opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had or known about.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? I wanted to be in law enforcement. In grade school I loved Sherlock Holmes and wanted to be a detective and an FBI agent.
Working with what organization has been the most meaningful to you? I very much enjoy the opportunity that I have had to work closely with Judge Limbaugh since the inception of Veterans Court. Additionally, it has been great working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on identifying the needs and providing services to the veterans we serve.
What is the best advice ever given to you? I have been given a lot of great advice over the years, and to summarize that advice and what I would give to others is a quote by John F. Kennedy: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
How do you achieve balance between your professional life and personal life? It is always a struggle to balance personal life with professional life, and I have made a conscious effort to be present in my personal life. Early in on in my career, I read something that said, “It’s not the quantity of time but the quality of time that counts.” I have tried to live by this, making the most of the time that I am able to spend with family and friends. See winners.