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The US Veteran Difference

Veterans vs. Civilians

Our US veterans are worthy of receiving our honor and support. They have volunteered for a difficult life and to risk their lives on our behalf. They endure daily hardship for us. They die and are maimed. They experience the worst horrors on earth. Their memories are scarred. And because of the immense stress that they are immersed in, they lose wives and children to a 25% higher divorce rate than civilians in their efforts to keep us safe. Without any doubt, US veterans have faithfully served each of us and made a conscious choice to do so. In general, US veterans are the finest citizens in America.  

I grew up surrounded by WWI, World War II and Korean War veterans. Then, when I was in high school, the Vietnam War began and lasted into my mid-twenties.  The majority of my neighbors and friends were members of our Armed Forces. I am a civilian, so I do not praise US veterans because I am biased. This is my conviction because I have known them all of my life; and I have had continued association with them for 40 years as a pastor, an employer, teacher, marriage counselor, and through my charity, Patriotic Hearts.

US military training changes most people for the better. A lot of men and women who enlist are searching for meaning, purpose and direction for their lives. By the time they leave boot camp at their recruitment depot, they are already transformed people. Then the endurance, perseverance, teamwork, discipline and maturity gained after serving in active duty and reserves hardens these character traits into a noble ethos commonly shared by those who have shared the US military experience.

Our recent war veterans are amazing men and women. They are exceptional. And they are a delight to know. If you are a business person and need new employees; or, if you are a resident that needs help with chores around your home and yard, go to Hire a local US veteran. Invite them to your home. Share a meal with them. Talk and listen. You will be glad that you did.  

If you do not have a functioning HirePatriots chapter in your area, contact us and we will build your community a free website and job board to help you get one started.

Read some great comments from US veterans about this post on the Veteran Mentor Network on LinkedIn:

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Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.


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