Veterans Day, every November 11th, honors all Americans who have served our country in war or peace. It is a day set aside to thank the living veterans for their service and sacrifice made to a grateful nation.
It is a day of remembrance with parades, services, ceremonies, and, most of all, to honor all those who have served our country in any capacity, whether during peace or war in combat or support roles who have served honorably.
It takes a unique individual to serve and answer the call to duty.
However, honoring those who’ve served isn’t just about what is said during Veterans Day events. It’s about how we honor our veterans every day of the year. It’s remaining committed to supporting them and their families in every way possible. It’s about serving them as well as they’ve served our nation.
That can be accomplished through donating to the various charities that support our veterans. Another way is to fly an American flag at your home or business at all times. Veterans will tell you that they feel a tremendous swell of pride when they drive through a neighborhood that is adorned with the stars and stripes – especially during these times when many splinter groups are trying to denigrate our country’s values.
Many veterans are still grappling with the invisible wounds of war, like PTSD. Their sacrifices enable us to lead the lives we choose. Just talking with veterans and listening to their stories and being able to show your appreciation goes a long way and can be cathartic by allowing them to express their emotions.
Ask them when they served, where they served, what they did while serving. Many will want to tell their story, even if their duty wasn’t during a conflict, and will appreciate your interest. Others who served overseas might be recalcitrant since the memories, no matter how distant are still raw.
An equally important way to express your gratitude is to reach out and hire a veteran.
They will have a positive impact on your company. They’re used to teamwork and perform well, coming from a background of frequently limited resources and the desire to seek solutions and get the job done safely. They don’t want to look back but want to look forward.
NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association has partnered with W4W with its Military of NATE initiative that enables veterans, active duty, National Guard, and Reserves to achieve their full potential to help support their success in the communications infrastructure industry.
More information regarding the veteran sourcing program can be found here.