veteran's day
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At Great Lakes E&I, our employees are the backbone of our organization, and we are proud that many of them represent the American veteran population. It’s our honor to recognize our veteran employees not only for what they do for our organization but also for the entire country.

On this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2016, we feel that it is our civic duty to reflect upon the lives who have been dedicated to making ours better here in America. As citizens, it is the least that we all can do to come together to help facilitate the best lives possible for our Veterans on homeland.

It is said that since its birth, America has been formally engaged in wars up to 93% of its existence. Three of the most deadly wars in American history took place in the 20th century (World War I – 116,516; World War II – 405,399; Vietnam War – 56,200) and the longest war in our country’s history took place in the current century (War in Afghanistan). As of late, it’s clearer than ever that our collective fight for freedom often comes at a price.

As of 2014, there are over 21 million veterans from the United States Armed Forces. The numbers have always shown that veterans often meet challenges when returning home to integrate back into civilian life. This is what drives our mission to make sure that we do our part in giving veterans great career opportunities, and we encourage other organizations to do the same. We recognize the unique skillsets that veterans bring to the table, such as leadership, honesty, strategic thinking, camaraderie, and working well in teams. Here at Great Lakes E&I, our veteran employees can apply these skillsets to build a successful and fulfilling career. We believe it’s important for everyone to appreciate the value that veterans hold in the workplace.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we want to highlight five of our veteran employees who are just a few of millions who have made a difference. Thank you, John, Ryan, Melinda, Donald, and Rich, and to all veterans, for your service.

 

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John Councilman
Branch: U.S. Army
Rank: Sergeant E5
Period of Service: 7 years
Thoughts on Veteran’s Day: “It’s a day of honoring those who have served to protect this great county we live in.”

 

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Ryan Schaeffer
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Period of Service: 4 years
Thoughts on Veteran’s Day: “I appreciate that Veteran’s Day honors all vets. Most people tend to confuse Veteran’s Day with Memorial Day and both days have different meanings.”

 

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Melinda Mier
Branch: United States Air Force
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Period of Service: 14 years
Thoughts on Veteran’s Day: “Veterans Day is about giving thanks to those who willingly sacrifice their lives to serve and defend our great nation.”

 

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Donald Beardsley
Branch: U.S. Marine CorpsRank: Sergeant E5
Period of Service: 4-1/2 years
Thoughts on Veteran’s Day: “Veterans are America and who made America the country that it is through their sacrifice. We all enjoy the fruits of those labors. As the song says ‘All Gave Some and Some Gave All.’”

 

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Rich Walsh
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Period of Service: 11 years
Thoughts on Veteran’s Day: “Time to reflect on my experiences with all the men and women that I served with across the globe.”