Photo by (Idaho Army National Guard/Thomas Alvarez)

The advancements in drone tech are comparable to that of cell phones. It's hard to imagine a time when your portable lifeline to everything (traffic, calendar, family, friends, banking, shopping, eating, yes, we literally mean everything) was the size of a backpack, sat on the center console in a car, and did nothing but make calls — with crap reception to boot — for something like $24.99/minute.

Seemingly overnight, Zack Morris had one at the Max calling his girl Kelly Kapowski to see if she wanted to fool Mr. B. and ditch school (that's a little Saved by the Bell reference for you Millennials out there. Add it to your Netflix binge list and thank us later).

Even then, those phones were the size of a small fish tank. Cheers, 1990s.

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(Courtesy of Jackie Melendrez)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Iron Mountain. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Iron Mountain is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.

Jackie Melendrez couldn't be prouder of her husband, her sons, and the fact that she works for Iron Mountain. This regional router has been a Mountaineer since 2017, and says the support she receives as a military spouse and mother is unparalleled.

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Andrew Loeb

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at FedEx Ground. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, FedEx Ground is a client of HirePurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.

Throughout their military service, veterans gain unique skills that often do not relate to the civilian world. During his 20-plus years in the Army, Andrew Loeb grew as a soldier and built his military resume. When he was ready to enter the civilian world, he was unclear how his military experience would be received.

Luckily for Loeb, he found his way to FedEx Ground, where he is using his military background to support the company mission.

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Army veterans Jerry Peavey (left) and Steven Escobar (right)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Fifth Third Bank. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Fifth Third Bank is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.

Army veterans Steven Escobar and Jerry Peavey never imagined their years as infantrymen would lead to work in the banking industry. After serving their country, both wanted to take their civilian lives in a new direction. Upon landing at Fifth Third Bank, Escobar and Peavey found professional opportunities that have culminated in successful careers.

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Lauren Andretti (Navy Veteran, Production Supervisor at GSK)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at GSK. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, GlaxoSmithKline is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.

When veterans leave the military, sometimes uncertainty can hamstring success. For Lauren Andretti, fear of the unknown while transitioning to civilian life almost made her extend her active duty service in the Navy. Instead she got organized, mobilized her resources, and took a leap of faith that landed her at GlaxoSmithKline.

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Former Sonar technician makes a splash at Splunk

Splunk Offers Free Data Analysis Training for Vets

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For Anthony Frascarelli, his work as a SONAR technician seemed to have little civilian value. Then he found a surprising connection between the detail-oriented troubleshooting skills he forged working on a submarine and the analytical mindset he would need to tackle big-data issues for Fortune 100 companies.

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