I have had the pleasure of speaking to so many of you over this past year. Since we started the Member Profile series on the GovX blog, we have published over 50 stories, many of which have been about active duty military service, or reflections from veterans from every branch nationwide.
- There was Glenn, the badass cancer survivor and Navy vet who served as a supporting crew member during the discovery of the Titanic wreck.
- Last week, I got to speak to Abdul, the Coast Guard JAG officer who did a favor for a Navy vet.
- I met the musician John Preston, who dedicated his post-war life to the spirit of the post-9/11 veteran.
- I enjoyed speaking to Gene Kemp, the 82-year-old navy pilot who had one more flight in him.
- And I loved Kevin’s story, about video-conferencing in deployed Marines so they could enjoy the USMC ball.
- And of course, there are the five soldiers currently determined to climb Mt. Everest.
I consider these stories you have told as part of history. They may not appear in massive tomes of military lore in the Library of Congress, but they’re still stories that continue the history of the greatest military in the world. It’s one of the things that inspired the historical approach we’re taking on the GovX homepage today. For 240 years, people have stepped up to wear the uniform. Those uniforms have changed, the equipment has improved, and the country may be a little different now, but American veterans have always deserved an unceasing level of respect.
We believe in that respect, and it’s always reinforced every time we’ve had the pleasure of talking to you. Our customer care team has spoken to veteran members every day on the phone and online, and I have communicated with you about publishing stories like the ones above every week. We love hearing your stories, because they tell us who you are. They remind us, on a personal level, who we have the honor of serving.
There are millions of veterans nationwide for whom GovX was built, on this Veterans Day, we want to thank each one of you. To have the chance to build GovX for everyone who has worn the uniform of an American military service member is a distinct honor.