A Message to My Fellow Veterans...
We fly the Veteran Owned Banner to let the recently separated service members know, there IS hope. If I can do it, then you can do it. We are working our way towards the American Dream and hope to one day be an example to emulate. We make it known so that anyone going through the hardships of transition to civilian life can find comfort in knowing that if they want something, they can have it.
Fellow veterans, if you are struggling finding adequate work or dealing with a drastic change in your lifestyle. Know this… I have been there. I am still there at times. I am here for you, just like I know you’re a there for me. Don’t give up the good fight! Show the world the work ethic that has be engrained in you. It won’t be easy, but if there is anyone that can do it, it’s you!
Your service to our great nation is NOT OVER. By the time you are discharged from the military, you have gone through 4 out of the 5 phases of the transformation.
The 4 phases you have completed:
- When you made the decision to sign your name on the dotted line.
- Recruit training. Think of the hard work you put in to make it through those 2-3 months.
- When you arrive at your first duty station and settle in. You made friends that become more than that. They become family.
- Always working to better yourself to work your way up the ranks.
The 5th and Final Phase:
It’s time to set the example. Now that you have been pushed into the civilian sector, you have now begun the 5th and final phase of your transition of becoming a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman.
You are not done. I say again… YOU ARE NOT DONE. How copy? Think about the Veterans of WWII and how we refer to them as “The Greatest Generation”. A perfect example to emulate. Discipline, honor and esprit de corps. This last phase is all about how you conduct yourself and use the tools that your military service gave you. It is up to you to set the example for the generations to come and to strive to be the next “Greatest Generation”.
It’s hard. Transitioning is hard. Finding a new career and starting from ground zero is the hardest thing you will ever do. Think back to basic training, deployments etc. and think about that work tempo and how much effort you put in to do well. That is the tempo you need to reapply to this point in your life. Becoming a civilian doesn’t mean you get to lay back and chill. Not yet. It means it’s time to step it up and show the world what you are made of. Do that, and the time to chill will come.
Sergeant Thomas E. Geist, USMC, VET
Owner, SoCal Hot Sauce LP
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