We start competing the day we’re born. I say this because if I was a nurse in the newborn section of the hospital, I would attend to the loudest-crying baby first. From infancy and on, life is filled with competition. And that sense of competition only grows stronger when you start your military career. I don’t necessarily mean it in the sense of competing against one another. I’m really talking about competing against the enemy and accomplishing all tasks together as a team.
The basic unit of the military is the team! One of the best examples of that team is a platoon of infantry soldiers. Each person on that team must support, motivate, and defend each other. There are no individuals on any team. In an infantry platoon, the platoon sergeant is the quarterback, and the platoon leader is the one carrying the playbook and calling all the plays. The great thing about a good platoon sergeant is that he has the trust and confidence of his platoon leader to call an audible when he needs to. I decided to write this article because now is the best time of year to really build your team. Why? As veterans and service members, from day one in boot camp, your physical training is an important part of your success in the military. And there’s no greater way to build a team than competing in a sport, whether it be softball, basketball, or band.
Speaking of Warriors
There are a lot of local competitions specifically designed for people who are in the military. For example, the Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, and spartan races. These competitions were created by former military service members and a lot of the proceeds go to veteran organizations.
Now is the time to get your teams in their most cohesive shape. Of course, with the military, there also come the company or platoon softball leagues and tournaments. The only negative side to these is that it always seems to end with a soldier getting injured and having to quit. The great thing about making a team and entering a league or race is that it will build self-confidence and respect for the team members in you. This goes for veterans who are no longer in the military; it’ll keep you in touch with those who are, and their families. As veterans, we owe it to ourselves and to others to try and always be there for one another. Here’s a perfect example of that:
I would not be writing this article for you today if not for a great friend of mine introducing me to the people here at Low VA Rates. I knew from the moment I spoke with the president of the company that it would be a great fit for me. I’m amazed daily by the people here, and what they do for veterans and service members. I don’t just mean a yearly golf outing. I mean the thousands of dollars they save veterans and their families, and how they help them buy a home. This company gives a new meaning to the words Support Troops! They really value each veteran and service member who they come in contact with.
May I Suggest . . .
May I suggest that we take the time as veterans and service members to really compete in something as a team. Watch your team get better and your successes grow. Who knows? You may meet somebody like I did, and be presented with an opportunity like I was a few months ago. I will end by saying thank you to Kelly Kern, who introduced me to Eric Kandell, president of Low VA Rates. I also want to give a special thank you to combat veteran Tim Lewis for hiring me. As a veteran, I’m very thankful to work with everybody here. I’ll always give my 100% endorsement to anybody who asks about the company for their military VA loan needs.