Veteran Value (part 1)

As a veteran myself, I recognize the enduring value of the responsibilities that were instilled in me and the experiences I had while serving. Like so many Americans, my time in uniform has helped to mold me, building character and highlighting the importance of discipline, dedication and service. I believe in the value of veterans, and I have seen firsthand what an extraordinary asset they can be, and how important they can be to a company. Here at Powerlink, we firmly believe that the human element is responsible for our continued success. Identifying, training and retaining exceptional people is at the heart of what we do. I believe it’s at the heart of every successful company.

So if I could pass along one piece of personnel advice to CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners in Greater Detroit, it is this: don’t underestimate the value of working with veterans. Character and discipline are only part of the professional equation: veterans have acquired a wealth of skills and attributes prized by companies across metro Detroit.

Think about some of the logical synergies: procurement officers who understand logistics, company commanders who can step right into a leadership position such as an operations manager, medics who are a natural fit to serve as EMTs and other medical professionals, enlisted recruiters are experts in sales, and a classified material systems custodian has extensive experience in handling and managing sensitive information.

Veterans know (and live) the phrase “improvise, adapt and overcome”. For potential employers, this means that military experience isn’t just about taking orders, but working with a solutions-oriented approach. It is a commitment to excellence—about doing things the right way: the first time and every time. Military veterans know the value of teamwork, and the importance of supporting your fellow team members. In a combat unit, you are taught to always learn the job of the person above and below you, since you never know what may occur. In a professional business environment, that kind of flexibility can be a difference-maker. Finally, consider this: at a time when many young people today are accused of being soft—vets aren’t. In fact, they are anything but soft. Few training programs better cultivate the hard work, can-do attitude and ironclad discipline needed to succeed in business than the military.

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