“I’m not a hero, but I served with heroes,” said Major Richard Winters. That philosophy pretty much sums up my father’s humble outlook on his wartime experience in Vietnam. Every year on Veterans Day morning he went to the garage to retrieve a box containing a neatly-folded American flag. In his slippers, he would shuffle onto the chilly front lawn to set it up before the sun came up. My father avoided talking about his time overseas. But he never avoided showing his love for our country and for those who risk so much on our behalf.
We celebrate veterans, not only for their commitment to our country, but for their work ethic, teamwork and drive. One way my company celebrates veterans is through our Adecco Military Alliance program; a recruitment program specially aimed at hiring transitioning service members and veterans. We appreciate the unique values and benefits veterans bring to the workplace, and we get to honor their past service by investing in their future careers.
We joined with the USO recently on a care package drive in four markets around the country. And to pay tribute to military families, we partnered with the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) to provide a donation to them through our global corporate social responsibility initiative called Win4Youth. On Veterans Day, all of our colleagues are encouraged to walk, run, bike, or swim in a collective effort to raise money for the ASYMCA. For every mile that we exercise, a dollar will be donated to the “Y,” whose mission it is to make life a bit easier for military families – especially for children with a deployed mom or dad.
So we say, “thank you” to the veterans in our country – to those deployed right now, to those on active duty serving at home or abroad, and to all of those who have served in the past. Your job was and is to serve and defend the U.S. and our job is to support you and give thanks.