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Happy Veteran's Day

by Max Lee

Happy Veteran’s Day

Welcome back, everyone and Happy Veteran’s Day, and for my Devil Dogs, Happy Birthday. As many of you already know, I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, so today is a special day for me and my fellow brothers and sisters who served and are currently serving. Please take the time today to acknowledge the people you work with and interact with and thank them for their service. It’s the right thing to do and it will bring a smile to their face. With all that has gone on this week and the past few months, it’s easy to overlook them while we are digesting the events of this week and contemplating the future of our country.

Every Veteran’s experience is different – whether difficult or easy, horrific or heroic, heartbreaking or heartwarming, together or alone. If you ever get to talk to one long enough, they will tell you it was the best of times and worst of times. Who would want to endure such a wide range of outcomes? Better yet, what type of person would willingly sign-up? So, if you meet a Veteran today ask them. No two stories will be alike – the situations, circumstances, backgrounds and socioeconomic classes, even the branches of service will all be different. The one thing that will always be the same is the comradery and the cami greens. But just like last week, you’re probably saying to yourself right now, “What does this have to do with commercial disaster restoration?” (seems like this is becoming a recurring theme.) Just like last week… everything!

I have been in this industry a little over a year. I have called on many of you and your colleagues in the property management industry over this time. At some point in these meetings, two things happen. One – you knock on wood. Two – you say “it’s good to have your information, but I hope I never have to call you.” You know what? I get it. I hope you don’t have to call me either. (My boss is not going to be happy with that last line so let’s keep that just between us. Ok?) Let me be clear on what I’m going to say next… In no way am I comparing the service of our men and women in uniform with what I do now professionally; however, the core values I learned during my service I now  carry with me today. Honor, courage, and commitment.

  • Honor: Being trustworthy.
  • Courage: Doing what is right in the face of adversity.
  • Commitment: Doing what you said you were going to do.

So, for those who are currently serving thank you, and let me leave you with these two things:

One, I’m knocking wood.

Two, “it’s good to have your information, but I hope I never have to call you.”

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