In Honor of Memorial Day – Thank You For Your Service
Taking a moment to recognize YP℠ team members who have served in the U.S. military
Memorial Day, a day to honor fallen U.S. service men and women, marks the final week of National Military Appreciation Month. Throughout the month of May, Americans are asked to consider the sacrifices members of the military and their families have made to fulfill their personal commitment to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Over the past week, we asked a handful of YP team members who have either served or have played the role of military spouses to share their experiences, discuss what they learned through it all, and highlight how the skills they learned in the service have crossed over into the workplace. Their answers make us proud to call them teammates – so we had to share!
Like many others in the armed forces, military service runs in Sherri’s family. She enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1982, and served for seven years including during the Grenada and Persian Gulf conflicts. She graduated boot camp and military occupational training with honors and was voted Molly Marine by her peers. Sherri’s late husband, Raymond, was a Marine and their daughter, Shannon, followed suit by enlisting in the Marines.
What should others know about serving in the military?
How passionate our military and our Marines are about the United States of America. Our mission is to protect this great country and the freedom and rights of all our citizens, which we are willing to do, even if we have to pay the ultimate price.
Sam joined the US Marine Corps in 2004 at the age of 17, supported troops as a Sergeant in Air Traffic Control Radar and Communications during the Iraq War, and completed his service in 2013 after five years of active duty and three non-consecutive years as a Reserve.
What is the most important thing you learned from your experience?
Everyone has pain points. Everyone is dealing with something outside of our work bubble. Everyone has worth, and they should be treated accordingly, considerately and respectfully. Working together is more important than being individually right.
Pam began her service in the Women’s Army Corps in 1976. In 1978, when the Women’s Corps was disbanded and the Army integrated male and female enlisted soldiers, Pam was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. in the 101st Airborne Division. “At times, it was difficult proving that, as women, we could do the job,” Pam says. “I was proud to be wearing the same uniform as the men, even though it was not quite as comfortable as the Women’s Army Corps uniforms.” In Kentucky, Pam was part of the first group of women ever to train and serve as military police officers. She completed six years of service and her spouse also served in the US Army.
How did you get through the demands of military service?
I focused on the mission and didn’t consider the demands!
Lisa’s husband, Rolando, has served in the US Army for 21 years, including five years active duty with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and 16 years in the Army Reserves. Rolando is currently deployed on a 400-day mission to the Middle East.
What is it like to be a military family?
When the spouse serves abroad, the family serves at home. I think every military child is a hero because they have to share the love and protection of their parent with the world. Family and community support are critical. The benefits of technology, including wi-fi, smartphones and really cool apps make a huge difference from what it was like even five years ago when it comes to staying connected with a deployed family member.
Jeremiah has played the role of both military personnel and military spouse. He enlisted in 2003 during the U.S. conflict with Iraq and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before moving back home to Plano, Texas where he met his wife, Jennifer. Jennifer enlisted as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 2013 and remains in active duty today.
What is it like to serve in the military?
Military service is very challenging. It requires determination, mental fortitude and an ability to adapt. You’ll have difficult times, and you’ll have to leave those you love and cherish. As a military spouse, you’ll have to worry about jobs, income, bills, and debt. However, I cannot think of a more honorable, and rewarding endeavor – you’ll learn what makes you tick, you’ll learn mental, physical, and emotional strength.
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