Will you stand next to our veterans?

Today is October 11, 2012.  In one month our nation will celebrate Veterans Day in honor of those who have sacrificed precious time with their families, their physical safety and often their mental well-being, and so we can live in a free country.


Over the past several weeks I have had many unexpected conversations with mothers of returning veterans, with spouses of returning veterans, and with people who provide services to veterans.  In every case they have emphasized the enormous struggles these men and women are facing:  

  • As they try to process what they have experienced.
  • As they grieve the loss of friends.
  • As they adjust to physical injuries.
  • As they attempt to re-enter life in the “civilian” world.
  • As they try to reconnect with family and friends.
  • And as they look for jobs.

The pressure is so intense that suicide has become an awful temptation for some and a horrible reality for others.

Would you be willing to seek out veterans and their families and show them how much you appreciate them and let them know that they will not be abandoned?  

Below are just a few ideas to get you started.  (Please share your ideas as well!)

  1. Thank the veterans you know.
  2. Thank the families of veterans.
  3. Ask them how their transition is going.  Do they have a need you can help with?
    • Do they need help making a connection with a prospective employer?
    • Do they need help creating a resume or practicing interviewing skills?
    • Do they need a listening ear and some encouragement?
    • Do they have physical needs?
  4. Get your organization involved in strategically recruiting veterans.
  5. Call the Veterans Administration, your local Chamber of Commerce or a local Company Commander and find out how you can help. Do they need volunteers or financial assistance?

“…And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.  

And I won’t forget those who gave that right to me.  

And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today.  

‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.”  

Lee Greenwood

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Chery Gegelman is one of 21 author’s from 3 countries that connected virtually and discovered a shared passion that has resulted in a new book:


The Character-Based Leader:  Instigating a leadership revolution… One person at a time.

This book encourages people everywhere to lead from WHO they are not WHERE they sit.

“Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” Stan Lee, Franklin D Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Voltaire


President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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