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Taking time to honor those who served

Randall Cozzens

Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War I and celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. It provides an opportunity to honor and reflect on the contributions made by our country’s veterans.

It is also time to pause and remember the contributions of the families supporting our military. Military families are an incredible source of strength, and we should acknowledge their sacrifices and the selfless contributions they make to support our military personnel.

As a nine-year veteran of the Army, I find that the day leads to introspection and appreciation of the country we live in. We are fortunate to be part of a nation supported by a volunteer army that provides the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I will also take the opportunity to reach out to my network of former West Point and Army friends to connect and remember our experiences together. Though we keep in touch regularly, it is important to me that I connect on special days such as this. If you know a military family or veteran, I would encourage you to reach out on November 11 so they know their contributions to our way of life are appreciated.

My time in the Army taught me how a diverse team can come together and have success. Those skills have served me well in my career, and now I look for ways to support other veterans. I am proud to be the executive sponsor of Capgemini’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), a group that works to support the veteran community year-round. During November, VERG members will be recognizing Military Family Month by volunteering at VA hospitals across the country.

Veterans are an important part of our country’s history and continued freedom. Take a moment to reflect on November 11, and say thank you to the veterans that made our freedom possible.

Randy Cozzens currently serves as the Head of Capgemini’s Energy, Utilities and Chemicals Market Unit in North America as well as the Executive Sponsor of Capgemini’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG).  Initiating his military career as a West Point graduate, Randy served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. During this time, he was a Combat Engineer with the 82nd Airborne and 24th Infantry Divisions. Randy is an Army Ranger, Master Parachutist, and served in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) as a Captain.