Photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Housey

At a small gathering, I recently asserted to an audience of both veterans and civilians that veterans make exceptional business entrepreneurs. The fellow vets in the room nodded in agreement — I was only stating what they already knew — and most of the civilians gave very polite responses of encouragement. Later that evening though, a gentleman pulled me aside and inquired in a soft tone, “My understanding is that soldiers just take orders. How can you be an entrepreneur if you need someone to tell you what to do?”

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Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto

Since 9/11, military operations have been relentless, and the growing global uncertainty makes it clear that we will continue to rely on our military to keep us safe. A major part of our powerful military is the National Guard. Often, I hear that National Guard members are not real soldiers and they are merely “weekend warriors” who only fulfill their military duty once a month.

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Sgt. Melissa Wenger

“What our service men and women want, more than anything else, is the assurance of satisfactory employment upon their return to civil life. … The goal after the war should be the maximum utilization of our human and material resources.”

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