Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day. November 11th is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended hostilities in World War I between Germany and the Allied Nations. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans day in 1954 and continues to be an annual celebration for those who have served the United States.
Reliant Funding is proud to have a number of employees who have served our armed forces prior to joining our team, we will be sharing some of their stories on our blog this month.
Ben Petit, National Account Executive
Years Active: 5
Rank at Retirement: Lieutenant
What does being a veteran mean to you?
For me, it was an opportunity to serve my country and pay a debt for the freedoms I would have otherwise felt like I was taking advantage of. I got to lead Sailors and Marines and those opportunities will always be the ones I am the most proud of in my life.
What inspired you to join the military?
My Grandfather served in the second World War in the Navy and set an expectation for the family through his actions. He always worked hard, and he gave to his country and felt that experience payed him back ten-fold. I looked up to his example. Visiting over a dozen countries overseas was pretty cool too!
What do you wish civilians knew about the military or about veterans?
Just that we always appreciate the support of our civilian counterparts. Take the opportunity to thank a Veteran when you can because you never know what impact their service had on them. Many carry things with them for life.
What was your most memorable experience during your service?
Picture this: You’re on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Pacific, it is the middle of the night and there isn’t another vessel for 100 miles in any direction. You look up at the night sky and see every single star and the striking glow of the Milky Way. It is an experience like no other, and it is extremely humbling. Seeing the universe in that scale made me feel very small in the grand scheme of things. Make me not sweat the small stuff.
What do you apply from your military service to your life today?
The discipline I learned has helped me focus when I need to. Working with all types of people from different backgrounds has also helped me in my current career. I am grateful to have gotten to experience different people from different parts of the world who have different viewpoints.
What advice do you have for servicemen and servicewomen transitioning back into civilian life?
Prepare early, write down every accomplishment you have achieved during your time in the service. You never know what will transfer over into the civilian workforce. Plus, life is short, don’t do a job you hate. That’s just good advice for anyone.