Each Veteran’s Day, we are flooded with stories regarding American veterans. Some are heartwarming, others heart breaking, and we even hear stories – such as the NFL profiting on their promotion of veteran affairs – that infuriate us. While each of these stories are important, we must remember that Veterans Day is also about the hundreds of thousands of Americans who served their country, then returned to make contributions to our country as parents, siblings, neighbors, and co-workers.
At DCR, helping veterans make the transition to meaningful civilian careers is a priority. Our team has been strengthened by the contributions of veterans, as have the thousands of veterans who have been placed with DCR clients through our Managed Services Programs.
When you envision a veteran, the image that may come to mind is of a young soldier in camouflage gear, or a veteran struggling to receive health or other benefits. In this blog, we want to provide a different image – one of a young man and a young woman who have successfully made the move from soldier to valued employee.
Jeremy proudly served as a U.S. Marine from 2006 – 2009, achieving the rank of Corporal (E4). At DCR, he now is a key member of our client services team. As a Senior Training Analyst at DCR, Jeremy designs and implements the training and support programs delivered to our clients’ employees as part of the launch of a contingent workforce management program. Over the past three years, he has repeatedly demonstrated his problem-solving skills to create programs custom-made for each client.
Jaclyn served as a Sergeant (E5) in the U.S. Army, and remains an active member of the Army Reserve today. As a Program Manager for one of DCR’s most important clients, Jaclyn provides onsite support, making sure that all daily activities go smoothly. She ensures that our client achieves its human resource objectives by recruiting, selecting, orienting, scheduling, and counseling employees. She achieves operational goals by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews essential to ongoing workforce planning.
Both Jaclyn and Jeremy are applying skills developed and fine-tuned through their military service. Jeremy’s responsibilities in Electronics Maintenance provided the foundation needed for supporting DCR’s Vendor Management System, Smart Track. Jaclyn’s U.S. Army role as Human Resources Specialist is the source of the many skills she now applies every day.
But their military service taught them much more than the hard skills they are applying in their current jobs. When I asked what they had gained through their military service, here is what they said. “Military service taught me many things, but one stands out above all. Toughness. Mental toughness to be exact. From day one in boot camp, there is one consistent requirement: to adapt and overcome. I learned how to push myself to new heights.” At DCR, we are the beneficiaries as we see Jeremy and Jaclyn pushing themselves to new heights every day.
Jeremy and Jaclyn are representative of the many veterans working for DCR and for our clients. Companies benefit from their work-related skills as well as their discipline, focus and teamwork. The best way to end this blog is to quote one of our veterans.
“On Veteran’s Day, I think it’s important for us to remember that our men and women of the military are not super heroes. They are real people performing super hero responsibilities because they are tough and resilient.”
Please share this blog with your colleagues, and encourage your company to establish a veteran hiring program. To learn more, take a look at DCR’s other blogs on veteran hiring.
Is DCR’s commitment to all veterans?
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
Sean, thank you for your comment. Abraham Lincoln’s quote should govern everything we do in business. When it comes to veteran hiring, DCR walks the talk. We set annual goals for veteran hiring with our clients and we track our progress against those goals. We have exceeded the goal in each of the past 5 years. We encourage our suppliers to do the same.
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