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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(Microsoft photos)

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

Microsoft is hiring qualified talent with security clearances, and veterans are excellent candidates to fill these roles. Two Marines recently shared their journey with Hirepurpose so other veterans can see examples of the paths veterans can take to secure technology careers at Microsoft.

Rocky Quach and Paul Rossano have two things in common: Both are Marines and both work in technology roles at Microsoft, but they ended up at the tech giant through two different paths. Rossano came in as a direct hire, while Quach went through Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), a rigorous program offered by Microsoft for transitioning service members and veterans.

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

Associated Materials, a residential and commercial siding and window manufacturer based in Ohio, employs people from a variety of backgrounds. The company gives them an opportunity to work hard and grow within the organization. For Tim Betsinger, Elizabeth Dennis, and Tanika Carroll, all military veterans with wide-ranging experience, Associated Materials has provided a work environment similar to the military and a company culture that feels more like family than work.

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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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Ronald Burke

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

Leaving military service is a daunting task. For Desert Storm veteran Ronald Burke, that was certainly the case. However, Burke managed to ease the process by finding a company that allowed him to continue his passion – helping others. That connection gave clarity and purpose to his transition from the Army to working for Abbott Laboratories.

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