In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to take the time to highlight some of our own veterans. Here are some insights from Matt on being a veteran:
Q: What influenced you to serve our country?
My grandfathers, grandmother, father, and brother served or were currently serving. I felt like it was a ‘family business’ and if I could serve for four years, my family would be proud. I fell in love with service and those four years turned into 25.
Q: What was your proudest moment during your service?
Graduating from Marine Corps Boot Camp and the Drill Instructor awarding me the coveted Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. I was officially a Marine.
Q: Looking back on your service, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Some of the great people I served with—service members and leaders alike. With these people, there’s no military. People ARE the military!
Q: During your service, who was/were your biggest influence(s)?
There are WAY TOO MANY to list here, but the top 3 would have to be Staff Sergeant James Mingus, my Marine Corps Drill Sergeant, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Logan, my Army HR mentor from the Pentagon, and Command Sergeant Major Jeff Stitzel, my supervisor and mentor from my time with the Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) in Arlington, Virginia.
Q: What’s something you want people to know about veterans that they might not know or realize?
Veterans are some of the most selfless people in our society. While 99.5% of our society never serve for a variety of reasons, I truly appreciate those that do.
Q: What does being a veteran mean to you?
I’m part of an extremely small brother and sister hood. It’s a feeling and status that can’t be taken away.
Q: Overall, how do you think your service changed you?
It provided the self-discipline I was lacking and needed. There is no way I can fully repay the military for what it provided me and my family, but I will continue paying forward what they’ve given me.
Q: How did Fusion help you transition into a civilian career?
Regrettably, I was not familiar with Fusion Technology as I was transitioning from the military. I look forward to changing that for those who transition after me.
Q: Why is Fusion a good place to work for veterans?
Military can have its own unique language at times—it’s similar to a foreign language. Being led and staffed with veterans, Fusion makes the translation easier. They can understand me quicker and I am able to learn a semi-foreign language faster. Other than the lingo, Fusion understands what skills veterans bring to the table and can utilize their talents accordingly.