We are honored to bring to you a collection of interviews with our veterans. We asked each veteran the same questions, however, the power is in the diversity of their answers. These men and women give us a glimpse into their journey and allow us to experience their sense of honor and the meaning of freedom. We believe veteran's stories should be celebrated and shared as they offer valuable life lessons for all of us.
Here are just a few of the questions we might ask during the interview:
- Who was your inspiration during your time of service? Why?
- What was the greatest life lesson learned by you during your service?
- How did you apply that lesson to your life after service?
- How did your service and experiences affect your life?
- What does honor mean to you?
- What does freedom mean to you?
Hold yourself to a certain standard and then loyalty and honor come easy.
My greatest life lesson during service was my work ethic. I always had a high work ethic but it became stronger when I was in the service because my fellow soldiers depended on me.
I am honored to be surrounded by those who serve." Denise's experience in the Military has inspired her daughter to enlist, this is just one of the prideful experiences that Denise shares in this Life Lesson's interview. "Pride is a very strong word.
I fed off of people who were always looking to do the best they could do for others." "Teamwork is the most functional way to get a job done." "My life would have been boring had I not gone into the Military. I went back into the Reserves because I had the Army inspiration in me." "Freedom is Happiness!
Thomas Harkness, WWII Veteran
Freedom means to stand up for your country.
Raymond Leibold, WWII Veteran
Freedom is the most important thing in the world. We can not let it go down the drain. We have to inform our politicians to keep the peace and keep the idea that this country is the greatest in the world.
Honor means always doing the right thing even when it's not popular or beneficial, just do the right thing. Always own everything that you do, be truthful and upfront - that's what honor means to me.
I wanted to gain the dignity and respect with everyone I interacted with. I had to come home with an honorable discharge, I couldn't come home any other way. In battle I couldn't turn yellow and run, I couldn't tolerated or lived with myself if I was a coward.
Do something for somebody quick! I remember that and live by that all of my life. I have been a professional volunteer all of my life and I have always served others. It's just what I do.
Mr. Donald Kauffman
We went into war to fight for our country and maintain freedom doing whatever we needed to do!
I learned to stand up for myself and find my own voice, that was important to me.
Dedication to mission, dedication to service and dedication to your fellow veterans has been my greatest life lesson.
Freedom means that myself and anyone else have the ability to speak their minds, they have the ability to act on things, and they will not be hindered by doing so.
You can't be afraid all of the time because you are too busy to be afraid!
You are accountable for every hour in the military and we maintain that accountability in our civilian life. Without integrity and honor you will never have people follow you.