3. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”
Regardless of your religious affiliation, this bible quote has always stood out to those who have seen war, because it sums up the deep bond that they have developed with their comrades during those extreme circumstances. The kind of honor-bound, duty-driven bond that can push people do incredible things, no matter the cost to themselves. There is a common phrase among military veterans that refers to the “blank check” we all signed when we joined, with the amount reading “up to and including my life.” Obviously, like all jobs, people join the military for different reasons, but there is an extremely high commonality of people in the military who joined because they truly care about protecting their community. People who are willing to go to war and die for a nation of mostly strangers, solely because they believe that the American way of life is THAT valuable and worth preserving. Someone who is willing to make that kind of sacrifice is someone capable of incredible love, and therefore capable of magnificent deeds done in that loves name. Find someone like that who is passionate about your company’s goals, and you will always know exactly who you can rely on in a pinch.
Ultimately, who you hire should be based on who is the most qualified person for the job and who will fit with your company’s goals and needs the best. But if you ever have a veteran applicant that is qualified but lacks a little in industry experience, don’t count them out too quickly. There may be resume lines that you aren’t seeing within that one about their service to their nation. That military-taught work ethic, attention to detail, team mentality, and dedication to mission accomplishment are massive assets, not to be taken lightly.
As a combat veteran and the National Transport Director for Patriot Shield, a veteran owned and operated company, I take great pride in hiring as many veterans as I have jobs available for them. No matter the challenges that face us, every day I am thoroughly impressed by Patriot Shield employees’ staunch refusal to give up on their duty, or on each other, and I am truly humbled to work among the amazing men and women of this great company. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes to describe my pride in having served alongside the Marines of 3/3 Kilo Company in combat, as well as with the amazing veterans of Patriot Shield (many of whom are also 3/3 Marines). It is by Major Dick Winters, the author of the true World War II series Band of Brothers,
“I Treasure a remark to my grandson who asked, ‘Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said, ‘No…. but I served in a company of heroes.’”
Written by: Tom Morton
Tom served from 2009 until 2014 in the Marine Corps with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Kilo Company, deploying to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan twice. Now, Tom is the National Transport Director for Patriot Shield Security and an active member in Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a nationwide non-profit charity organization that helps veterans through fund-raising, community service, and camaraderie among members.