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A Veterans Day Tribute: How a Sense of Mission Changes Everything

At ViON, we have the privilege of working with many government agencies and veterans who have served or continue to serve our nation in government and commercial IT organizations. I come from a military family and I too served in the military, so it comes as no surprise to me that many veterans who once protected our nation are often found working toward similar missions in a civilian capacity. One common characteristic has always struck me over the years, after countless interactions with our customers:

Veterans never lose their sense of mission, even after leaving the military and pursuing careers in government and commercial organizations.

This is one of the many reasons why our company hires veterans. The very core of who they are is centered around a sense of honoring, protecting and serving our country – in whatever capacity that may be. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a team of veterans and civilians who feel the same way.

Mission in Action

After Hurricane Katrina wiped out a major data center in Louisiana, it created a huge ripple effect. At that time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) managed a significant portion of payroll for Federal employees in the New Orleans Naval Air Station Joint Reserve and this shutdown left them unable to process payroll. There was simply no way for people to get to work or manage the facility, despite herculean efforts. The event affected people both inside and outside the storm zone, leaving them indefinitely vulnerable. When ViON heard about this situation, the entire team was determined to find a way to protect the mission. We pulled together and populated a back-up center in Philadelphia with enough computer technology for the USDA to take over key aspects of the finance center and get the employees paid. Thanks to the expertise of this extremely dedicated and experienced team of project and technology managers that serve our clients’ daily needs, this all happened within a matter of days. That’s mission in action and the spirit of the soldier we see at work everyday by veterans now serving in civilian roles.

As you look at key functions like securing our borders, protecting the United States’ interests and providing humanitarian aid, you will undoubtedly see that many of the men and women behind this domestic heroism have military backgrounds. Today, please take a moment to honor all those veterans in your organization and thank them for their service!

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