Three Veterans Reflect on Their Service

By Caroline South

Veteran’s Day is a warm reminder each year to acknowledge the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. We asked three Kindred employees who served in the military what Veteran’s Day means to them.

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Michael McMahon, Food Services Manager - Kindred Hospital North Florida

After being drafted in 1972, Michael McMahon served in the Navy for 23 years. Michael said he decided to join the Navy because he figured it would be better to be ‘on a ship off the coast of Vietnam, than on the ground in Vietnam.’

Michael was stationed on a ship off the coast of Florida, working as a cook. He’s been cooking ever since.

Michael said his experience in the Navy affected his life in every possible way.

“Everything that you do in the Navy prepares you for life afterward,” Michael said.

He learned discipline, leadership and how to advance through the ranks.

Michael said Veteran’s Day is a time for the country to recognize and honor the people who have served in the past and those who are currently serving in the military. He said he believes Veteran’s Day should serve as a reminder to everyone why we are the great country that we are.

 

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Douglas Brown, Senior Human Resources Consultant – Support Center

Doug Brown served in the U.S. Air Force for 15 years and two months. He joined the Air Force because it was a good job opportunity during a time of high unemployment.

Doug said he takes great pride in the part he played in keeping America safe, and he still feels the camaraderie today that he felt during his time in the Air Force.

The Air Force gave Doug the opportunity to travel and live all over the world. He said he saw firsthand just how big the world is, but at the same time he realized how similar people are, regardless of where they’re from.

Doug said Veteran’s Day gives him a sense of a personal connection with the people who served before him, served with him and those who have served after him.

 

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Robert Bennett, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor – Kindred Assisted Living -- The Fountains

Robert Bennett served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. At the time that he joined, he found himself headed down the wrong path. He believed that by joining, he could get himself back on the right track.

Robert said his experience in the Marine Corps affected him in every possible way he could think. He said it made him a man and taught him how to do things the right way.

Robert described military service as an incredible experience he wouldn’t trade for the world. He added jokingly, “The free meal from Golden Corral on Veteran’s Day doesn’t hurt.

 

We would like to thank all of our country’s veterans on this special holiday, and all year round. If you have memories you'd like to share, leave us a comment below! 

By Caroline South