As a Marine veteran, this day is extremely special to me. First and foremost, I want to express my unending gratitude to those who have bravely served our country, protecting it no matter what the cost. We spent some time on Memorial Day to show our gratitude, but today it’s time to celebrate our veterans of which I’m so proud to be a part.
First, please join me and take a moment to appreciate all of our military service members and express your gratitude by commenting/sharing the video below. From one veteran to another, thank you for all you do for our country.
As a veteran myself I know the struggles, challenges and triumphs our country’s veterans face each day. I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes this as well and provides numerous programs dedicated to the U.S. Military and our veterans. To date, Cisco has hired more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans --including myself--to become part of our Cisco team and we have been ranked in the U.S. Veterans Magazine Top 100 Companies Recruiting Veterans.
Our programs also leverage our technology and resources to support vets, whether it’s using solutions like Cisco TelePresence to connect military personnel in Afghanistan with loved ones back home, with Operation Morale Call, or collaborative technologies to offering free voice messaging services for veterans in transition.
Too often, transitioning from military life to civilian life can be a challenge, and Cisco has dedicated resources to help connect military personnel with career and educational opportunities through programs like Cisco’s Transition Training Academy and Warriors to Work. Cisco even offers information and communications technology training on 21 U.S. Army, Marine and Navy bases. These programs are examples of some of the ways we are working to help veterans, and I am the first to attest to the benefits they offer.
Again, thank you for your service, and Happy Veterans Day!
Learn more about Cisco’s veteran programs here & in Alexis Raymond’s recent blog post.
War is bad. No to ways about it. People die. That’s why we have Memorial Day in the USA. But we know that it happens. We honor our dead. Most nations know this, and many have ways of remembering. And so we should. It’s the ultimate sacrifice. They died so we could live. It was Winston Churchill who said, after the British had survived the onslaught of the Luftwaffe in 1940:
“The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.“
Steve Urquhart knows the struggle well. When he got back from serving in the Army in 1997, he had to find a job. But making the transition wasn’t that easy. He shares the details in a recorded WebEx.
“When our soldiers come home, they face a daunting task. They are faced with trying to find work in a non-military setting,” Steve explains. “They have to translate their military skills to public and private sector jobs and that transition is extremely difficult.”
According to Steve, there is help out there -- including President Obama’s new Gold Card Initiative -- but much of it is bureaucratic and slow. In the meantime, these folks need jobs and they need them now. That’s why Steve started VETSourcing and joined forces with Darkhorse Benefits.
Together they have put together a program for helping Vets get the training they need to enter the workforce. They talked with us about it on a WebEx which is available on-demand. Focusing on skills that allow them to thrive in today’s professional landscape, the program focuses on the following:
Self-discipline, resilience and strong work ethic are essential
Teamwork and technology focus
Ability to grasp the big picture and stay mission focused
Today, in recognition of our nation’s veterans, Cisco and Raytheon announced a joint effort to expand the Wounded Warrior Project’s education initiatives and support the development of a new cybersecurity training program. The effort will include the expansion of current, multi-tiered information technology training programs with an added focus on developing new cybersecurity training opportunities.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in the nation’s history. These expanded programs will help injured servicemen and women develop new skills for a successful transition to the civilian workforce and pursue opportunities to become cybersecurity professionals for their country.