I met him at a business networking event. Several events, in fact.
He’s an unassuming business owner. Modest. Seemingly ordinary.
You wouldn’t guess it by looking at him, but he owns a franchise business with many locations around the country.
He’s also a veteran and is big into helping other veterans. If you are a veteran, when you meet him, he’ll give you his schtick that, to me, boils down to something like this:
“Be a better veteran than you were a Soldier.”
As a communicator, and as a veteran, it’s a message that resonates with me on so many levels.
No matter how many patches or ribbons you have, someone has more.
No matter how many deployments you have, you always have an itch to back.
And when you hang up the uniform for good, you never quite feel like you’re done.
If it nags in the corners of your mind…this is your calling. In some way, shape or form, strive to be a better veteran.
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Photo: 1-175th Infantry, Pass and Review, Fifth Regiment Armory (2015)