This picture of Marines and the working dog, Yeager, honoring his fallen handler and their comrade, LCPL Abraham Tarwoe, is all you need to know about the character of US Marines or former US Marines on your payroll. You might have to take a risk in creating a spot on the payroll in an uncertain environment where you don't know what the future is going to bring for your business growth. No doubt, you have to survive before you can thrive as a business. However hiring former combat veterans, especially former US Marines, is an investment in your future, and should be part of your company's people strategy plan. You will find no one more loyal, courageous, entertaining, organizational life changing or knowledgeable to work with other than you or your immediate family members. If you need a prepress technician, software or other administrator and can make room for one of these veterans to study what you need and bring them into your company as interns in training while they pick up the skills you need to be the new customer service rep, sales rep, driver, or other stakeholder in your business, consider hiring these returning veterans. They are able to adapt and learn new skills, have the GI Bill to help pay for their education and just need some guidance as to what industry they should join and what fields of study to help your company and themselves to get hired in gainful employed civilian positions. Veterans can probably handle anything life throws at them after what they've been through (Marines and other combat armed forces personnel especially), and don't need charity, but a chance, some compassion and respect for their service which is nothing like serving in the postal service or other services that wear a uniform and drive a desk in some office far from seeing any combat action or service. If you show loyalty to them, they are more than willing and able to go the extra mile for you and your customers, and will be among the best investment in hiring people that you could ever make. Our canine companions teach us the universal value of loyalty, it's really up to us humans to apply it to each other to make our world a little better and reward those who choose to value loyalty above other traits.
Here's the story behind the picture released by the USMC:
Yeager, an improvised explosive device detection dog, lies in front of a battlefield cross as Staff Sgt. Derick Clark, a kennel supervisor with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Dale Reeves, a kennel officer in charge with 2nd Bn., 9th Marines, observe a moment of silence in honor of Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe, a dog handler and mortarman who served with 2/9, during a memorial service, April 22, 2012. Tarwoe, who became Yeager's handler in July 2011, was killed in action during a dismounted patrol in support of combat operations in Helmand province's Marjah district, April 12. Tarwoe's fellow Marines remember him for his contagious laughter and smile, and his unfaltering courage on the battlefield. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alfred V. Lopez)