The Ultimate Sacrifice

Daniel MabryVeteran’s Day known as Armistice Day, was the result of a ceasefire between Allied Nations and Germany during World War I that happened on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Seven months later, the Treaty of Versailles was signed and officially ended the “Great War.” In November of 1919, President Wilson designated November 11th as a day to recognize “the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Years later, World War II required the greatest mobilization of U.S. troops in America’s history, which is why the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all veterans from all wars.

Throughout our nation’s history, veterans have given the ultimate sacrifice. This selfless act is one of the many reasons why companies love hiring veterans. To add to their employability repertoire, veterans have viable characteristic traits that make them great candidates for employers. Being a Veteran myself, understanding these qualities is second nature. I would like this opportunity to share other desirable job skills these brave men and women acquire from their work experience in the military.

  1. Veterans display bravery. Being brave can transfer into confidence and being courageous in the work place. Veterans are taught to be brave from day one.
  2. Veterans exemplify loyalty. Loyalty is essential to any employer. Would you hire an untrustworthy person to work on your car? I don’t think so. Veterans never stop believing in what is right.
  3. Veterans are strong. Veterans stand strong during battles. Being strong physically and emotionally is essential to the mission. Do not misunderstand me. I’m not saying you have to be a robot at work. Emotions are human nature. However, strong emotions in the work environment can open you up to potential ridicule, both positive and negative. That is why Veterans learn to deal with emotions professionally.
  4. Veterans are determined. Their diligence when given a task is profound. Veterans not only work hard for themselves but are willing to support colleagues as well to overcome work tasks.
  5. Veterans encourage a team environment. Veterans master team work early in their training. They understand how essential it is to complete a mission. Employers value this soft skill, and you should too. Teamwork is great for professional development, and it makes work easier! It encourages efficiency, ideas, communication and networking. I believe teamwork improves morale too!

This Veteran’s Day, I challenge you to have a conversation with one person you know who is a veteran. Even if you’re a critic of the military, what will it hurt to ask them what it took for them to wake up every day and give the ultimate sacrifice? Maybe you will learn a thing or two.

Daniel Mabry is a member of the Workforce Solutions Regional Navigator team in the Houston-Galveston region. After serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 9 years, he connected with Workforce Solutions for career guidance and ended up becoming an employee. This position allows him to utilize his training and personal experience to help people experiencing homelessness.



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