There are some things that military veterans have in common. Even with different military services, different military occupations, wartime or peacetime, different ranks, and different deployments, we can all and most do agree that those people we served with were the best part of the experience as U.S. military service members.
However, once you leave a military unit or leave active military service that is where Together We Served comes in to help. Every day, hundreds of military veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam pass away. Brian Foster, the Founder of Together We Served, wanted to create an easy-to-use technology platform to capture and maintain these memories for military veterans and military non-veterans alike.
This November, Together We Served, is offering a free service to collect, organize, and make available the stories of military veterans and their inspired stories of service. Foster states, “If we don’t capture it now, most of these veterans’ military service and sacrifice will go unrecorded, resulting in a tragic loss of our military history.”
Military veterans need to share their stories of service, sacrifice, and success with other military veterans, with their families, and with the community so citizens today and in the future appreciate the totality of their experience. The Civilian-Military divide that separates military veterans and non-veterans can be significantly bridged through personal stories of service. Personal stories of service, told through words, video, and audio at the individual level, goes towards a “real person” understanding of historical events and their meaning for American Society.
Together We Served is a technology platform to help military veterans and their families remember and celebrate the service and sacrifice of military veterans. Together We Served launched in 2003, and today has 1.1M military veteran stories and has expanded to include profiles from the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Army. With more than three million photos, TWS has one of the largest collections of visual military memoirs in existence, and the site has a growing library of veterans’ self-interviews. TWS aims to capture more than four million additional veteran profiles within the next five years in the most compelling, secure, and accurate presentation possible.
Register and Share Your Story of Service and Sacrifice Today.
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About the blogger:
Chad is the author of two books: (1) Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and (2) Battlefield to Business Success. Chad’s brand message is that organizations & individuals need to translate and apply military skills to business because they immediately produce results and are cost effective. Chad is a retired US Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel with 20+ years of Active and Reserve service in infantry, Special Forces, and joint headquarters units. He served in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and throughout the United States. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab. Chad is an adjunct Lecturer of Marketing at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In addition to teaching, he is a mid-level marketing executive and has worked in marketing and sales roles for various companies, including General Electric, Comcast, and Manugistics. He has been published in over 110 different articles in over 85 separate publications including The Harvard Business Review blog, Business Week Online, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Together We Served is part of USAA’s Military Affinity program.
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