At Parker LORD, we proudly support military veterans who have served the United States. In honor of Veteran's Day, we're featuring messages from our team members about what being a veteran means to them. Sharing their words is one way we're showing appreciation for the bravery, patriotism, and sacrifices endured not only by veterans and active duty military, but by their family members and loved ones.
Gary Confer, II
It was my pleasure to serve. It's important to remember: the battles aren't just overseas. There is still a lot to do here at home. A lot of brothers and sisters need our help and we need to keep on giving as long as we still can. LORD has given us the opportunity to do that through VetNet and we should take advantage of it. It means a lot to me to be able to continually do my part here on the home front, helping active duty and fellow veterans.Gary Confer, II
Patrick M. Dunn
For me, being a veteran gives me satisfaction and pride in knowing I contributed to keeping our great nation safe and protected. My career in the Marines provided me the tools to be successful in any profession. I have worked at LORD for 42 years, and I commend the company's commitment to support veteran employees. To my fellow veteran brothers and sisters: your service is appreciated.Patrick M. Dunn
Stephen C. Gurga
Being a veteran means pride in country, family, and all I do. Always have pride in your service and yourself, no matter who your commander-in-chief is.Stephen C. Gurga
Honor. Respect. Courage. That's what being a veteran means to me.William Hicks
Kimball S. Kiser
The military prepared me for professional life by giving me attention to detail. It was an honor to serve our nation.Kimball S. Kiser
I am honored to be a part of a select few Americans willing to give it all for each other. The military prepared me for life at LORD by teaching me to take initiative and work as a team to complete a common goal.
Being a veteran means being part of a cause larger than one's self. The Marines made me the leader I am today. I encourage active military and fellow vets to appreciate your service and enjoy your time – you will miss it.Sean McNulty
Rai Anne Miller
The military prepared me for professional life by teaching me the importance of being a team player, personal responsibility, and having trust in coworkers. LORD appreciates all veterans and what we bring to the table. For my fellow veterans, continue to be the outstanding person you. You are always a part of us and you are never alone.Rai Anne Miller
Without the Military I doubt I would be where I am today. It made me realize that though there is stress in the workplace, there are a lot of other things going on in the world – a crisis here is nothing like a crisis in the military and the potential outcome. For fellow vets, it's important to realize that what we are doing in the corporate world is still valuable and that we still are making an impact even if it doesn't feel like it. This was a challenge for me, but talking to other veterans and sharing experiences was valuable.Henry Oldach
Kevin J. Otteni
Having served is an honor. The perspective I gained from being in the military has helped me adapt to any situation – I am able to remain calm, focus on my objectives, and execute accordingly. LORD and my coworkers were extremely supportive of me while I was on leave for either training or deployment. I never had to worry about my civilian job after returning home from duty. For my fellow veterans, be sure that your voice is heard. Your insights and leadership are valuable.Kevin J. Otteni
Christine Pardee (Stibor)
Being a veteran means fellowship. To my fellow vets, always have the six, wherever you are.Christine Pardee (Stibor)
I am honored to have served my country and blessed to have been trained as a machinist – both very formative in getting my career started. Through the military, I learned a skilled trade as a foundation, was given room to excel, and was trained as a leader. Life aboard a nuclear sub was a perpetual lesson in teamwork.Steve Pattison
Robert B. Powell
It's an honor to have served. The military prepared me in many ways for my career through learning about teamwork and the importance of trust in your team. LORD has allowed me to serve my country without having to worry about my civilian job after returning home from combat.Robert B. Powell
B-52 Bombing and Navigation Specialist, 416th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiss AFB, NY
I have a lot of pride in serving my country. LORD has supported me as a veteran by providing recognition and comradery. The emphasis on self-improvement has opened many doors for me.Daniel Schimmel
I am proud of my service and thankful for the service of all veterans as well as those currently on active duty. The time era during which I served was not always friendly to people in the military, but all that has changed. It is very encouraging to see the recognition that veterans now receive, as well as the support extended to those on active duty. I appreciate that LORD has always been supportive of veterans through policies and how we are recognized.Jerome Sobrowski
I am honored to have served, and I feel a continuing responsibility to serve my community. I learned so much about leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. All of those traits serve me in all aspects of my job at LORD.Diane Steenrod
Gregory A. Williams, Sr.
Being a veteran makes me feel that I am truly a citizen. By serving this country, I have a right to voice my opinions and campaign to make it better. Almost all of the professional skills I possess came from military training.Gregory A. Williams, Sr.
To me, being a veteran means understanding the words 'sacrifice' and 'duty.' Being a veteran means leading by example and has prepared me for professional life at LORD by knowing the importance of getting the job done the best that it can be done … paying attention to the details and always having a back-up plan.Darryl Whichard
As a global organization, we value the skills transitioning military members bring to the workforce and are committed to helping find opportunities for vets to join our ranks.