On December 9th, Power Vac America got an early Christmas present. Cornelius Bisch, a long time employee, returned to work after fifteen months of military leave which took him to Iraq. Cornelius joined the company in February 2000 and his decade of dedicated service has been a piece of good fortune for us. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, Corn is detailed oriented, dependable, and punctual. Nearing full retirement after serving 10 years in the Navy and the remainder of his term in the Navy Reserve, Corn (as we call him around the shop) stands as a reminder that every person is linked together to form a social fabric as diverse as it is strong. We are so happy to have him home and appreciate everything he does for us, be it at work or as a solider. He is an invaluable member of our team.
That being said, the Holidays are notoriously hard for military families. Soldiers stationed overseas are removed from the familiar reminders of home, and their families must celebrate knowing life goes on without the ones you love. With the arrival of the New Year and the planned deployment of more troops, numerous families will come to understand and share in this experience in 2010. And while the feeling of living in Limbo might be accentuated near the Holidays, it is something military families live with year round.
With twelve months ahead of us it is easy to think that we have nothing but time. While this is true in a way, November always seems to sneak up more quickly than it did the year before and everyone ponders where the year went. It would be nice to think that somewhere in this time we went out of our way to show our gratitude to our troops and their families, yet intentions often have a way of not always coming into fruition. Therefore, instead of asking you to put into action a grand gesture to demonstrate your thankfulness this year, I ask you to keep the troops in your thoughts. Though the hustle and bustle of daily life can serve as a distraction, please don’t forget about those in the Armed Services because they have not forgotten you. Also, a thank you goes a long way so don’t be afraid to approach someone you see in uniform.
January 1, 2010 not only marked the beginning of a new year but the beginning of a new decade. Regardless of your feelings about this war, past wars, war in general, politics or policy everyone is affected by those in the military abroad and at home. The degrees of separation between those overseas and those at home shrink on a daily basis as Power Vac America personally learned last Fall. It’s safe to say, one would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t at least know someone who is serving at this point and that’s why it’s so important to include love and positivity in our thoughts.
Wishing everyone a blissful, healthy and flourishing New Year,
Power Vac America Inc.
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