On November 11, 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration of Armistice Day, also known as Veterans Day, to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Today, Veteran's Day provides an opportunity for us to show our gratitude for those who have given themselves to defend our nation. We are the beneficiaries of their collective sacrifices.
To honor the veterans that work at Virtual Assist USA, we spoke with our Virtual Assistant team member Megan about her service and what Veteran's Day means to her.
Location of Foreign Service: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey
Length of Service: 7 years
Wars: Operation Enduring Freedom
Job/Assignment: Trusted Agent Supervisor and Administrative Specialist-Transportation/Logistics
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Exped. Medal
Global war on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal “M”
Army Service Ribbon
Top Female Physical Fitness Award
Top Marksmanship Award
Megan, what does it mean to you to be a veteran?
I’m proud to say that I served my country during its time of need. I left for basic training 9/10/2001, needless to say the outlook of my military career shifted significantly in the hours that followed. Many of us knew that a war was imminent, and we would be deployed not long after returning back to our units. In 2003 I was deployed to Afghanistan, then later to Uzbekistan. Like many positions in the military ,my job duties were extensive, yet I believe, as a Trusted Agent Supervisor, I was able to carry out my duties humanely. I formed strong relationships with the local college students (Trusted Agents) whose job was to translate instructions to the workers on the base. We found comfort and friendship as we helped each other get through the chaos that ensued; a few of us keep in touch to this day. Humility, gratitude, and compassion are a few of the qualities I learned while serving my country.
This Veteran's Day, please don't miss opportunity to thank a veteran for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom. It has been a tremendous privilege for us to work with Megan. Of all of her accomplishments at work as a Virtual Assistant, of which there are many, we value her service in the U.S. Army most highly.
Our Virtual Assistant company plans to continue our commitment to hiring and honoring Veterans, recognizing the value in their unique skills and easing the transition into civilian life after service.
Happy Veteran's Day to Megan, and all of the current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, from all of us at Virtual Assist USA!