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A Salute to our Veterans

Here’s food for thought….boarding a plane from Washington, D.C.  last week, I met a young soldier returning from Afghanistan to his small hometown in Indiana for the first time.

While he was heading home, he left behind his right leg, and much of his left leg as well. I have no knowledge of any other wounds sustained by this young warrior, physical or emotional, but I was impressed, inspired and humbled by his poise and positive attitude.

Silicon Valley, let’s appreciate our veterans in ways that are as tangible as their courage. Emulate companies like Brocade, whose CEO Mike Klayko combines proactive programs to both train and hire veterans. Engage Enscient CEO Shelly Kapoor Collins’ initiative to provide jobs and job skills to returning soldiers.

Yes, a humble thank you to our vets is appropriate, but a job and job training is even more tangible and appreciated.

Welcome home, Rex. America salutes you. So should America’s employers.

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  1. I appreciate Carl’s support of returning veterans – we often forget about the sacrifice they have made to serve our nation – veterans are often some of the hardest working and loyal employees and they deserve our support! Thank you for reminding us Carl!

  2. First and foremost I feel that the first arlicte in this blog is ridiculous. You can’t compare the number of degrees awarded when the degrees themselves aren’t of equal quality. Second, Who cares if the leader are engineers? They are not going to be sitting in a lab constructing the next great advancement in technology. I feel like arlictes like that are full of statements pulled out of context and used erroneously to support an argument that it was not intended to support. To answer the question of do I think China could have their own Silicon Valley, Possibly. If China was ever to get to that point it would be in the very distant future. The Chinese people are focused on increasing their standard of living and the educated are focusing on maximizing their profits in there current window of opportunity while a artificially low standard of living exists among the general population. If and when the cheap labor era comes to an end I believe that China will become more of industry leaders that could lead to the creation of their own silicon valley. The refinement of their education system and perhaps an incentive to create inventions will kick start the possibility of such a complex area to exist. I would think with the instability in the government and loose copyright laws would partially diminish the incentive for Chinese people to create and come public with their work. So in addition to the education advancement some legal protection would also entice those to make the big leap forward

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