Guest blog post by Daisha McDaniel
Going from the military to living as an everyday civilian can be tough, but imagine how hard it might be when you’ve been awarded the Medal of Honor for a mission that your combat team didn’t make it back from. Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, USMC, is the third living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and the first living United States Marine in 41 years to be honored. Sergeant Meyer is an exemplary man who displayed extraordinary heroism by going above and beyond the call of duty on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in a six hour fire fight to save 36 Marines and soldiers, and recover the bodies of his fallen brothers.
"Every single day, I want to make the world a better place." - Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, USMC, Medal of Honor Receipant.
Earlier this month, Sergeant Meyer came to USAA to share his story, engage in Q&A, and inform employees about his initiatives to help service members transition from the military to civilian life. Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help Veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find employment opportunities. Since Sgt Meyer knows the personal struggles service members and their families face when transitioning over, he has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Hiring Our Heroes to help create awareness in Military Communities. To learn more about Sgt Meyer and Hiring Our Heroes, please access the links below.
Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer, USMC: http://www.dakotameyer.com/medal-of-honor/
Hiring Our Heroes: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes/
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Daisha McDaniel is a USAA member and MBA summer intern with USAA assisting in the Marketing department. She is currently finishing her second year of graduate school at Howard University in Washington D.C. and is scheduled to graduate in May 2018 with her Master’s in Business Administration. For fun, Daisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and learning to cook new foods.