Perfect timing for our program as we were preparing to support Nevada's first official Military and Veterans Appreciation Day on September 10th and hold remembrances for the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Our speaker, Retired Colonel Steven Seroka, aka "The Colonel," served as Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, leading a staff of more than 11,000 across 22 states before retiring in 2014.  His retirement has allowed him to now spend his time advocating for Veterans.  He said these are "people who voluntarily step out of their community to serve their country, and step out of the military to return to the community."  To exclude these highly trained men and women from the workplaces in our community is a loss for everyone.  A Veteran is someone who has worn the uniform of the US Military, the most respected institution in the US according to a Gallop Poll in 2015.  They are highly trained during their military career to serve and work together as a team and to be victorious.  Enlisting as young as 18, these dedicated individuals are responsible for the care of millions of dollars' worth of equipment and the safety of all who serve with them.  Nearly 1,000 Veterans come out of Nellis each month, many seeking employment.  With the stigma of extreme PTSD, homelessness and not being capable of giving orders, only taking them, the job market is a long reach away.  The culture in the civilian workplace, versus the military organization, can also make it hard for Veterans to fit in.  Colonel Seroka suggested that our Veterans should be considered for some of the highest positions in the corporate ladder, given their intense training and desire to succeed.  With inclusion of our Veterans in the hiring process, solid on-boarding to integrate them into the work place and giving honest feedback, it is a win-win situation for everyone.  You can learn more about our speaker or contact him for more information about employing Veterans at The Colonel