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Honoring those who serve this Veterans Day

         

Like various veterans, my determination to serve used to be impressed partly by way of my household. In my case, it used to be my grandmother.

I grew up in California, and after graduating highschool, my grandmother took me on a go back and forth to Kenya to look a special world (she used to be an extraordinarily cool grandma). We landed in Nairobi on August seventh, 1998 — the identical day the U.S. Embassy was once bombed. We felt compelled to move to the website and take a look at to lend a hand. Later, we realized that greater than 200 folks had died and heaps have been injured from the assault. I felt bad for these impacted, however I used to be additionally impressed by using what I noticed: in the course of the destruction and shock, the Marines centered keep watch over over the placement. They acted with assurance and function. That’s after I knew I wanted to be a Marine.

I went to the University of Colorado, Boulder on a ROTC scholarship and joined the Marine Corps the day I graduated. I deployed twice to Iraq, where I served with some of the bravest men and women. Then, 9 years after the day I knew I wanted to be a Marine, I returned home. I did what many vets do when they return to civilian life — I wrote out my resume and went on a job search. There were a lot of great companies looking to hire veterans, but I was drawn straight to Google, because I saw they had an inspiring mission and the same strong sense of purpose that we had in the military. That direction appealed to a Marine like me. I started as a temp in fraud protection and now manage a sales team focused on driving adoption of Google Apps for Business.

According to the latest Census data, veterans run 3.7M businesses in the U.S. and are 45% more likely to start a business than the average American. The numbers speak for themselves, but personally, I think vets are such successful entrepreneurs because they value teamwork, demonstrate leadership and have a high tolerance for stress.

I also believe Google Apps is a critical tool for veterans (or anyone) starting or running a business, because it lets them focus on their ideas and their companies, rather than worrying about the technology behind it all. One of my favorite parts of the job is getting the chance to talk to veterans about launching their businesses with Google tools, like I did at a Google for Entrepreneurs workshop for veterans last summer.

This week, we’re highlighting a handful of veteran owned businesses that use Apps to communicate and collaborate with partners all over the world. These are just a small sampling of the interesting and innovative veteran owned businesses out there, with more starting each day.

Finally, for those that serve, for veterans and their families who have answered the call of duty and know it as a way of life, I am forever indebted to you and I salute you on this Veterans Day.

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