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How Veterans Enhance the Workforce and Our Communities

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By Edge Staff

Every November, the nation comes together to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in observance of Veterans Day. This year, AMU’s connection to this special day and the extraordinary veterans we serve represent a special milestone as part of our 30th anniversary.

Veterans may have separated from military service, but they never separate from continuing to serve a greater mission and enhancing workforces and their communities across the United States. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our veterans worked valiantly as first responders, healthcare professionals, educators, policymakers, parents and so much more. Their countless contributions were felt everywhere.

Veterans from every military branch learn specialized skills and behaviors that translate well to many different arenas. They acquire determination, leadership, focus, and agility; learn new skills; apply them to changing missions; and see their missions through to completion.

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In honor of Veterans Day, AMU Edge Managing Editor and Veteran Wes O’Donnell recently hosted an online roundtable with fellow military veterans. They talked about what makes veterans unique and how what they’ve learned in the military help organizations through good and tough times.

“Give that veteran candidate a chance,” asserts Wes O’Donnell, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.

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“Collectively, we comprise the most advanced and powerful military in the world, and we’re able to bring those skill sets, that structure, that mindset and the perseverance into an organizational setting outside of the military,” emphasizes Cody Jenkins, U.S. Air Force.

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