“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.
To pay tribute to female veterans this year, the Adecco Group US Foundation has partnered with Dress for Success and the Wounded Warrior Project in multiple cities to co-host our inaugural Suit and Salute events. These events are aimed at providing professional career development workshops, image consulting, and networking opportunities to the female veterans who make up 10% of the veteran population and only 2% of all working women in America. It is our responsibility and privilege to help prepare veterans for today’s world of work.
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. You fulfilled your mission to serve and defend the U.S. and our job is to support you and give thanks.