Two weeks ago, we welcomed a new employee to Digital Lumens. Since we have been hiring roughly one employee every two weeks, this was not an unusual event. However, this employee is our sixth who has served in our country’s military — and now approximately 10% of our employees are veterans.
This young man comes to us having served in the Army, and he and his fiancée moved up to Boston from South Carolina (just in time for our recent October snow storm). Like each veteran we have been able to hire, he brings a level of experience, preparedness, and resourcefulness that is unique to those who have been trained in the services. Extra bonus — he calls me sir.
There has been a lot of talk these days about the gulf between the 99% and the 1%, with that distinction being drawn on economic grounds. The other gulf that exists in our country is between those who are sacrificing for our nation’s freedom and security and those of us who simply benefit from their sacrifices. The new 1% are those who have committed a part of their life — and too often have given their lives — for the 99% who are not serving.
If you are an employer, take a look at your employee base. Is at least 1% veteran? If not, why not?