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.