As we prepare for the anniversary of our country's independence tomorrow, we look toward our veterans with appreciation and love. 243 years ago a group of men fought for the independence of our country and since then numerous more men and women have fought to uphold those core beliefs. Our veterans risked their lives so that we could have a better future and country and today we want to recognize a few of these extraordinary people.
At M3, we are very proud to have so many employees who have also served our country. To highlight just a few of these veterans we asked them to elaborate on why they decided to serve as well as what the 4th of July means to them.
Dennis Sarvis - Software Devolper III
"During collage, I joined the military fulfilling a family legacy. My father was in the Navy for 6 years during Vietnam and was on the USS Nimitz when I was born; I still have the telegram he received announcing my birth. We lived in Spain and Morocco when I was little. My grandfather was a 26 year Navy veteran during the end of WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam. My great-grandfather served in the Army Air Corps and other ancestors dating back to the creation of our country.
I served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1996-2002. I was a Corporal, SAW gunner, and my job was Ammunition Technician, which included Nuclear/Biological/Chemical weapons and anti-terrorism training. I served in Parris Island, Redstone Arsenal, Ft. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Quantico. After being injured in training though I went back to collage and became a computer programmer.
I plan to spend the 4th of July at home with my wife and children (3 daughters ages 14, 12, and 8 as well as my new son who is 7 months old)."
John Avery - QA Software Analyst III-Data Warehouse
"I grew up an Army Brat. All my life, every three years or so, my family would move to a new place. I was born at McDonald Army Hospital in Newport News, VA during the height of the Vietnam Conflict. From there my family lived in Gainesville, GA (while my Dad was serving his second tour in Vietnam), Fort Worth, TX, Fort Leavenworth, KS, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany (three times), and AFCENT, Brunssum, the Netherlands (twice).
Throughout my childhood, the military was all I knew and it afforded me the opportunity to travel and see history in person. From places like Yorktown and Williamsburg to the beaches of Normandy, the Soviet Union, Berlin, and even the White Cliffs of Dover, I was able to see places most kids only read about. Because of my life as an Army Brat, I developed a sense of pride and patriotism, which developed into an urge to serve.
When I started college in 1986 I joined the ROTC and in 1990 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. From there I went back to my birthplace, Newport News, VA, for Officer’s Basic. I served 8 years and left the Army as a mere First Lieutenant, and while I was never involved in any action, I remain appreciative and honored that I had the opportunity to serve the country I love."
Matt Hughes -Regional Sales Executive
"I was not the most focused young man coming out of High School and needed an avenue to continue to mature. My family had served in the military for 4+ generations but I was the first to join the US Navy. I was very proud to be part of something bigger than myself and part of a team. I learned quickly that with hard work you would be rewarded with success. I joined the Navy in peacetime but while I was in boot camp, Iraq invited Kuwait and I quickly found myself in the Persian Gulf. I was able to see 42 countries during my service and make life long friends. I would not be the father or man I am today without the US Navy.
GO NAVY! Anchors away!!"
William Haney -Staff Accountant II
"When I turned 20, I felt as if I reached a stagnant part of my life, and I decided that I wanted to take on a new challenge. I knew that I wanted to be a part of something that gave me a sense of pride and purpose, so I decided to join the Army.
I served from October 2010 – October 2016 and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood and Dobbins Air Force Base. There I became a SPC and my job was a CBRN Specialist (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear).
The 4th of July is important to me because it’s a holiday that brings Americans together and allows us to reflect on just how lucky we are to have the freedom that we have."
For all of the veterans out there we would like to say thank you. Without you our country would not be what it is today.