Selfless. Humble. Respectful. Dutiful.

These are just a few of the many words that describe our Military Veterans. They give of themselves for our country, follow orders without reservation and call their comrades in arms “brother”. Entering into this brotherhood requires self-discipline and a commitment to order and process.

I did not grow up in a military family, but both my father and father-in-law served their country. They both, in their own ways, have taught me life lessons that embody the words highlighted above. Other Veterans I have come across both personally and professionally have exhibited these same characteristics.

When we think about corporate America, Millennial and Gen Y employees could take a lesson – or two – from our Military brethren. Instead of being concerned about how they can be “fast tracked” in their careers or what’s next in line for them, employees new to the workforce should be respectful of those assisting them with the onboarding process. It’s important they give of themselves and ask what they can do to help make their teammates and the company they work for better.

Thank You — two simple words that go a long way. Pick up the phone or write an email to a Veteran and express your thanks for what they have done. If you come into personal contact with a Veteran today, tell them “Thank You!” and accompany it with a handshake, a hug and a smile. Give them a small token of your appreciation for the selfless sacrifices they have made for you and our beloved country … so we may experience ongoing freedom.

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