A Message From Our Board Chair
The month of March is a special one for our country’s military branches and our nation as a whole.
In 1990, Congress designated March 25th as “National Medal of Honor Day” in commemoration of the highest and most prestigious personal military decoration. It recognizes U.S. service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor.
The Medal of Honor actually got its start in 1780 when the “Fidelity Medallion” (as it was known at that time) was worn on a chain around the neck of three militiamen from New York for the capture of British officer and spy, John Andre. Andre’s capture saved the Fort of West Point from the British Army.
Throughout its history, there have been over 3,500 Medals of Honor awarded!
This is staggering considering the thousands of brave men and women who have performed acts of valor in the line of service to protect our country.
One of my favorite Medal of Honor recipients is Desmond Doss. If you haven’t seen the film Hacksaw Ridge about Desmond’s life and service to his country, it’s a must watch.
Another favorite recipient? Florent Groberg, who served in the U.S. Army during the War in Afghanistan. In August 2012, he was severely injured attempting to thwart a suicide bomber. He received the Medal of Honor in 2015.
Florent works for a very generous corporate partner, The Boeing Company. He toured our facility last year and spoke to our Veteran clients. If you haven’t read his book 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor, it’s a must read.
I was especially honored to be a part of our recent Camp Pendleton event where we served 100 Marines and Sailors, assisting them with their transition from military service to the civilian workforce. This transition is often a difficult one, so it was very meaningful for me to be a part of an event that helps our service members at this time in their lives.
I would personally like to honor our Veteran clients for their commitment to our country, and for their hard work and dedication in finding meaningful employment after service – and to all Veterans everywhere.
You had our back, now we have yours.
Working Wardrobes Board Chair