November 11, 2010

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Veterans Day: Thank You Soldier

We employ tens of thousands of people across the United States. Thousands of them are veterans who have made serious sacrifices to serve our country. Time Warner Cable is honoring the veterans who help us, our customers and the communities we serve in a number of ways.

One way we’re doing it is the expansion of a program called VetNet. The original set-up came from one of our employees in Texas, who happened to be a veteran inspired to link fellow employees with a shared life experience. Our expansion of the network will help recruit, hire, and support the professional development of nearly 1000 veterans and active reservists who are continuing their careers at Time Warner Cable up and down the East Coast.

Our company views diversity as a core contributor to it’s success. VetNet is a way for us to align and build a spirit within the neighborhoods and towns we serve.

I decided to ask a fellow TWC employee/veteran about what it all means and how the experience has been, from his point of view.

Jeffrey Frye is a Tech Ops Manager in Charlotte. He spent 8 years as a Cavalry Scout Sergeant serving in 2nd Infantry Division- 1st Cavalry Division and 25th Infantry Division. He served all around the world, including South Korea, and most recently in Iraq with 1st Infantry division.  I asked him what he thought about TWC, veterans, and Veterans Day.

I have been with TWC for 10 years now and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the company. The level of teamwork and commitment displayed by our employees on a daily basis is something that veterans, in particular, appreciate. I served 2 years in the Army Reserves as a Time Warner Cable employee. The company was very supportive and flexible with my schedule. My military time helped prepare me for leadership positions in Time Warner Cable.

At a time where veterans can easily feel separated from the civilian sector of our country, Time Warner Cable is showing appreciation and support for people who have sacrificed so much for a cause greater than themselves.

Veterans Day, for me, is a little different. I think, not about myself, but of all of the men and women who are currently carrying out combat operations around the world. I think about all those who gave their lives for something they believed in. I am grateful to have been a part of such a noble cause and proud to say that I served with some of this country’s finest citizens. Thank you.

Jeffrey had one request of me following the interview. He wanted to draw attention to the soldiers and Marines who did not die in combat, but were severely wounded. He mentioned an organization, Wounded Warrior Project, that helps these individuals and their families when they suffer traumatic injuries such as losing a limb or massive brain injury.

Jeffrey, it’s the least we can do for you. Click here to visit the Wounded Warrior Project

We have lots of great ways we’ll be honoring veterans, internally and externally. We have a Wall of Honor in the Carolinas, Take A Vet to School in Maine, and a heartfelt performance of Thank You Soldier for about 200 of our fellow employees across Western New York.

The song is by Joe Brucato, who wrote it after watching a news story about Army Specialist Jason Johnston. On December 26, 2009, Jason saw an IED next to his platoon. He immediately threw his body over the device, triggering an explosion which took his life, but saved his platoon.

Are you a veteran — or related to a veteran? How do you honor Veterans Day?

+- 3 Comments

  1. SteveC's reply

    Great article Jeff!

  2. Jeff Simmermon's reply

    Steve – While I’m glad you liked this, I can’t take credit for it – it’s by Lara Pritchard.

  3. Pam Richardson's reply

    thank you for supporting soldiers. My active duty days are over I am a disable veteran, I am in search of a job. You can have all the publicity for thanking soldiers all you want.
    NOW what happens to disable veterans how are not getting jobs from time warner. re-directing the issues of hiring disable veterans to thanking active duty soldiers are like haveing fruit in a bowl. They are all different but most are round

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