Over the past decade, the aftermath of military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen an increase in the number of veteran amputees. Female veterans face additional challenges as standard prosthetics tend to be ill suited for their bodies, which are naturally narrower at the shoulder and wider at the hips.
Veterans deserve a chance to shine after their military service, and today's companies need their skills and talent. By taking smart steps to help ease vets' transition to civilian life, companies can unlock the full potential of veterans in the workplace. In return, our companies will become stronger and more productive.
This Veteran's Day, as we face the largest drawn down of troops in recent memory -- 40,000 troops by 2018 -- it seems especially important to recognize, as the Colonel has shown me, that providing new opportunities for veterans and their families is not a matter of politics or of personal opinion. It's a matter of purpose and of responsibility to the men and women and their families who have served our country and who are in need of being welcomed and positioned effectively in their next purpose-driven role.