Response: DONT Thank the veteran you know today | Colin McNamara

Colin McNamara talks about his experiences on returning to civilian life from active military duty and how many military people need help to transition to a new career - DON’T Thank the veteran you know today | Colin McNamara

In my opinion, Governments across the world do not support their returned service people because society at large doesn’t seem to appreciate what they have achieved:

When the landlords of my apartment tried to evict my wife from her one bedroom apartment while I was deployed. I needed the thanks and support.

When Bush hung a banner saying mission accomplished, and six months later I got to come home. To no job, mounting bills, a wife and small child looking to me to figure out what to do. I could have really used the thanks and support then.

That’s a lack of gratitude right there. But you can make a difference to someone’s life by paying it forward:

As I was walking up to the store a car pulled up in the drive through, and recognized me. We had worked together in High School, he was in the Army National Gard and I had joined the Marines. I told him about my situation and it turns out he managed the systems build team at a local Value Added Reseller. Two days later I had a job on the midnight shift building PC’s. Him thanking me for my service resulted in me not living on the streets. More so without that CHANCE to prove myself I would not be in the technology field today.

A big part of the reason I started writing, blogging and podcasting was to pay forward to the networking industry. If I can help a few people in the same way that people helped me in my career, then I’ve done something of value. I’ve never had the chance to make the commitment that Colin did but you can sometimes find an opportunity to take a chance on someone who needs your help

I’ve worked with and employed many ex-military people and overall found them to be excellent colleagues.

 “The single most valuable thing you can do to say thanks to a Veteran is to give one a chance.  We all have openings in our mail rooms, pulling cables, racking servers and switches. These low level jobs are a perfect entry point for these new Veterans integrating back into the real world. Given the chance many of them will work extra hard to learn and grow, and pay you back ten-fold on your investment. Someone gave thanks and gave me a chance. I encourage you to do the same and thank that Veteran that you don’t know.”

Humanity can be better by helping each other. Maybe you can find some inspiration in this story to help someone near to you.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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