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?”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
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.
“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.”