At Quicken Loans, we wish that we could make every day Veterans Day. We love our veterans, so we decided to celebrate our team members who have served in the military with a luncheon at the historic Detroit News Building. I had a chance to chat with a few of the men and women who attended and hear about what serving in the military meant to them.
U.S. Coast Guard veteran Castana Taliaferro served three years in the military before joining Title Source, which is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. “The best thing the Coast Guard taught me is how to coexist with people from different races and from different backgrounds,” explained Taliaferro. “If you’re out on the water, there’s no way to get away from people. You have to learn how to put your differences aside and make the journey together.”
For Robin Woody, veteran Army Battalion Commander of Air Missile Defense Forces, the military is about family. Along with her veteran husband, Woody served over 20 years and has lived in eight different countries and eight different U.S. states. “The military became our family,” said Woody. “You have that instant trust.”
After retiring in February 2016, Woody joined Quicken Loans as a team relations specialist. “The Quicken Loans culture is so much like the military’s culture with their values,” said Woody. “That’s one of the things that really pushed me to come here.”
Quicken Loans CEO Bill Emerson spoke at the event, honoring all the veterans present. “You are the salt of the earth,” said Emerson. “You make this country what it is. Thank you for your service.”
As each branch of the military was called to the buffet line, the service members in the room cheered. Woody summed up the sentiment in the room when she said, “I’m so glad to be here. I left one family for another.”
Today and Every Day
“Real heroes walk among us daily – current and former members of our military – and yet these humble servants don’t see themselves as heroes. They simply see a commitment to the defense of our country that is as natural to them as it is for all of us to get up and go to work every day,” said Emerson. “That commitment causes me to constantly ask myself what I can do personally and what we can do as a collective company to always show our support – and I encourage you to do the same.”
Offering VA loans to service members and their families is part of our commitment to helping veterans every day, as is our Veteran Hiring Program. “By the end of the year, we’re going to be over 600 strong of veterans in this company,” Justin Mendoza, U.S. Air Force veteran and Quicken Loans recruiting team leader, announced at the luncheon.
Guest speaker James Ellsberry, who is currently serving in the Navy, encouraged the veterans in attendance to consider impacting the community through the fellowship program and service platoons of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization creating transformational change in neighborhoods across the country. He invited them to join him in future service events.
What did you do to honor the men and women who have served our country? Share your story in the comments section below!
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