This Veterans Day, as a partner of the VA, LinkedIn is proud to join the chorus of citizens and organizations lending our thanks to those who have served us. But beyond just saying thank you, we’re asking the country to make a change. We’re asking our fellow Americans to rethink how we honor Veterans.

Unfortunately, when the average citizen meets a Veteran, they are likely meeting an unfamiliar face. With less than one percent of our population serving in these most recent conflicts, and with our nation defended by an all volunteer force, a growing cultural divide between those who protect and those protected raises the specter of misperceptions which can heighten the challenges some veterans face when pursuing their next steps.

But today’s Veterans are civic assets. They’re starting businesses, running for office, and taking on leadership roles in their schools and communities. And like the great generations who’ve gone before them, they’re poised to lift our country to new heights. They deserve our investment far more than just our thanks.

Our ask is simple. When Americans meet a Veteran, by all means a thank you is warranted. But let’s go further. Ask that Veteran what’s next.

Connect them with investors for their business. Connect them with a recruiter at your company. Connect them with a fellow alum at your school who can read their admissions essay. Connect them with a mentor to help them discern their next steps. Put simply, connect them with your network and with resources to move them forward.

To help further bridge the divide in our country, beginning this Veterans Day, we’re sharing the real stories of America’s Veterans. We want America to see these young men and women for the individuals that they are and the paths that they walk, not the hero/victim narratives so commonly portrayed by popular culture.

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You will meet Florent Groberg, a former infantry officer and Medal of Honor recipient who now marshals the resources of Boeing to serve his community; RaeAnn Pae who used to map enemy networks as an intelligence officer and who today works for the world’s largest social network, Facebook; Marcus Carey, a former Navy cryptographer who is now founder and CTO of his own cybersecurity firm; Donte Burney, a former Army finance specialist who has pivoted into tech as a full-stack web developer and is building his first app; Tiannia Romero, a former aircraft carrier maintenance tech who now leads the Student Veterans of America chapter at her college; Garrett Wilkerson, a former Army infantryman who is leading his community by speaking out against bias in the workplace.

This Veterans Day, you can help to #HonorOurFuture by sharing the video and these Veterans’ stories. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get their stories in your news feed. If you are a veteran or know one, please check out the free resources LinkedIn is offering veterans as part of its partnership with the VA.


Daniel SavageDaniel Savage is a Veteran of the Iraq War and is a former infantry officer of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. He now serves as the Veterans Program Manager at LinkedIn.

A version of this post originally appeared at blog.linkedin.com

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Published on Nov. 11, 2016

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5 Comments

  1. پروژه متلب November 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    hope things gets better with the economy and unemployment among Veterans as much as before

  2. Tom D in SC November 12, 2016 at 9:17 am

    What’s next!?
    You want more!? We’ve all signed the blank check; many have cashed it in–and that’s not enough, you want more? How about giving help where it’s needed and let the rest of us fade back into society whether the calling is to serve further or just to be anonymous, I believe it to be a personal thing. We shouldn’t have to explain to anyone “what’s next.”

  3. Guy Woods November 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Looking for veteran to fill a clerical position in a small manufacturing company. Contact Guy Woods at 510 235 9667

  4. Frank Urban November 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

    What;s next you ask?
    Returning to college, raising my children and getting through a divorce that will turn bad. I am a service connected veteran who will be returning to college to better not only my life but my children’s’ lives as well through the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, But I still need a little help getting there.

    • Hector M Galicia November 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Frank. Thank you for your service! Where are you located? I may be able to provide you with local resources. I to am a service connected combat veteran who served in the US Army and continue to advocate for all era veterans… I look forward to your reply.

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