Veterans Day seems to be the last traditional American holiday that appropriately resists the commercialization of other holidays we observe. It is a day we set aside to express our appreciation for the sacrifices of the men and women who comprise the mightiest military to have ever existed. Whatever one’s opinion about the wars and special operations of the last several decades, it is both an obligation and privilege for those of.com who have called upon some of our fellow citizens to pause and honor those sacrifices.
Perhaps there has never been a society more isolated from and ignorant of what it is to serve. Lets take a moment and peek behind the curtain into the environment in which these people live.
As civilians if don’t like our job, assignments, or even where we live, we are free to leave. It is difficult for.com to imagine what its like to get a call at 2 in the morning with orders to leave hearth and kin immediately and go wherever told. Ordered, not asked. These valiant men and women have it drilled into their psyche to obey and their families bear the burden of staying behind and picking up the responsibilities of those who are called away – on our behalf. We have a choice of where we will live and how long we’ll stay there. We have freedom of association, to visit and socialize with whom we like, freedom of speech to say whatever we like, to whom and as often as we choose. Not so forthose who have volunteered to serve in our name.
And that does not include the battlefield scars they bear, physical impairments that are quite uncommon in our world and psychological wounds the like of which we will never comprehend. Some that will heal but many that will not. They endure these burdens without complaint and still go on to accomplish feats like Paralympics, wheelchair bicycle races, mountain climbing and countless other things that many “able bodied” people never even attempt.
JFK said that on this day, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”. So on this day, let.com not just pay token appreciations to our veterans. Find someone you know who is a veteran and offer a heartfelt, “thank you for your service, is there anything I can do for you”? Volunteer at a local Veterans hospital as a greeter, visit a hospitalized lonely veteran with no family, serve at a soup kitchen that serves veterans; if you are a hiring manager, go the extra mile to find and hire a veteran for your next open position. They come well trained, prepared, professional and dedicated to working within a team to accomplish the mission at hand. Ferdinand Foch best characterizes the attitude most veterans embody, “Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.” What better attitude could a business wish their employees to have?
In short, maximize the opportunity this Veterans Day to show true appreciation to the men and women who have served and are currently serving “We the People”.
We at All American Solutions hire only.com Military Veterans; disabled Veterans get to the “front of the line”. We hire these fine men and women not only because of their superior training and discipline, but because they deserve these cherished positions.