Veterans day is much more than a day off and a holiday for discounts. It is a day to honor those who have served in the United States military. It is a reminder to thank those who have sacrificed their time and lives for the American people.
So, how many U.S. veterans are there today? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “In 2014, 21.2 million men and women, or 9% of the civilian noninstitutional population age 18 and over, were veteran.”
Not only should veterans be honored for their service, but they should be recognized for their skills and experiences. What they learn while being on active duty can potentially help grow a business or organization. Many companies look for individuals who have these qualities and skills, and can often overlook the training the military has provided veterans.
Here are a few positive traits veterans posses:
Leadership: Veteran’s lead by example and have incredible emotional intelligence, which helps them make hard decisions under high stress. They take the time to understand the strengths and talents of each member in their unit, which leads to group and overall success. They are trained to manage for results, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Teamwork: Veteran’s have experience working effectively within their units. Since they spend so much time together and grow as individuals through training, they learn to rely on each other and push each other to be the best they can be. They excel in communication, and work through difficult situations together, regardless of their personal differences.
Accountability: They’ve been trained to hold themselves accountable to the highest standards. If a soldier is unable to be accountable for their own actions, they are at risk of jeopardizing their entire units safety. This makes them reliable in a work environment because they will never fail to get the job done.
Dedication: When agreeing to join the military, they have sacrificed their own wants and needs for the greater good of protecting the country. This kind of dedication is unique because they will never fail to give 100% of their energy towards something they care about.