“We have faith that future generations will know here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war.”
FDR’s words are inscribed in stone at the WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana are a testament to the hard-fought ideals represented by World War II, its battles, and its victories.
To speak of it in commemoration, these battles all seem as American victories, each hammering into the public psyche the ideals that America’s foundations are built upon, ones that can still be told, “lest we forget”.
This is the story of “The Greatest Generation”, FDR’s “men of good”, a straight arrow to the heart of evil that begged for defeat, for the sake of not only American future, but of the world’s.
But this is not a single story.
Not because you want to or because of some fitness expert advice but because it triggers a pavlovian instinct in you.
Something that was drilled down into you at basic training. The smell of fresh cut grass, the early morning rising, the strenuous effort, brings back your youth and vigor.
Exercise by itself has many health benefits but that’s not the focus. Rather the early morning riser combined with physical exercise ends up being more than what Benjamin Franklin said:
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy happy and wise”
You’ve made up your mind. You’re tired of the constant deployments, the frantic pace, or you’re ready for a new change. You heard the success stories of military personnel who get out and find six-figure jobs. You are certain that you will be in that cohort. So you worked on a bachelors degree while you were in (check) you have you have leadership experience (check), you have international and local experience (check) you have experience in a niche field like engineering or medical sciences or shooting people in the face (check).
In fact headhunters have been contacting you telling you how much of an asset you are. You go to the transition office and demand your DD 214. You high-five everyone as you race out to the entrance free, free at last thank God almighty that you’re free at last.
Months later you’re unemployed, or you find a dead-end job, or you wander from project to project because you feel civilians can’t understand what you offer. Worse, you find a high paying job for a heartless corporation that sells cigarettes to babies. You spend 14 hrs working for a cause you hate.
Maybe You’ll transition into a field that you have no understanding of but you’ve got gumption so you keep trying. Maybe you’ll trying to sell widgets as a solo entrepreneur.
You are now certain you made a terrible mistake.
Maybe you should go back to school. So you expend your G.I. Bill getting a degree in bio basketweaving. You graduate with flying colors only to realize that now it is digital basket weaving that people are seeking. You think you should really go back to the military.
These scenarios are routine and common place for almost every veteran who leaves the service.
Do you want your story to be different? Reach out to us and find out how it can be. We work one on one with our clients to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. We are not headhunters and we don’t sell you to the highest bidder. We are a veteran-civilian team with experience in business & academia.
Whether you were thinking about going back to school, starting a brand new career or staying in the service. Let us help you.
With many advisers, wage war.