As we take time on Veterans Day to honor the service and reflect on the sacrifice of our nation’s military veterans, I want to add a personal note of thanks. We are so proud of the 24 veterans on the Turner Pest Control team who have a total of more than 180 years of service representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  

I am also proud to be part of an organization that supports veterans not only today, but throughout the year. From posting special Veterans Day signage in our customers’ yards during November to taking part in Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends more than 300,000 care packages every year to our military heroes around the world, we never forget that the freedoms that all Americans enjoy are made possible by our veterans’ devotion to their country. 

Personally, my own service in the United States Navy as a machinist mate on a nuclear ballistic submarine shaped my years of professional growth and service in the private sector that followed. My military experience helped me understand what it means to be part of a team and of something greater than myself. I learned what it meant to be selfless and what it truly means to serve, and honed a set of competencies that have served me well, from leadership, communication and organization skills, to engineering and strategic planning.

I know that I am not alone in recognizing that the lessons and skills I acquired in the military have made me a better person and leader—our nation is served by countless veterans who put their leadership to work to make their families, companies, communities, and country stronger every day.

Today, we offer our deepest gratitude and respect to all veterans and active members of our military. Tomorrow, we will proudly do the same.