As we pay tribute this Veterans Week to all those who have served our country, we can take a closer look at the newest generation of veterans. The Sailors and Marines who have sacrificed since September 11, 2001 are the focus of a new book, In the Shadow of Greatness, written and edited by members and family members of the US Naval Academy Class of 2002.
Selected for the Chief of Naval Operations’ 2013 reading list and hailed by Greatest Generation author Tom Brokaw as a “must-read,” the book tells the often-missed or misunderstood experiences of men and women fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other outposts. Proceeds from the book’s sales will all go directly to veteran-serving organizations, including the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Lead editor LCDR Joshua Welle, USNA ’02, who conceived the idea for the book, describes In the Shadow of Greatness as “The first book of its kind to capture veteran leadership in the post-9/11 era. It includes 33 short stories of leadership, courage, and sacrifice, written in a way to inspire young people to do more for their nation and all Americans to take pride in the servicemen and women who have served their country during the last 10 years of war.”
As this generation of veterans returns to the civilian workforce, Welle is advocating for employers to better understand the value that veterans bring to the workplace. “These young people are ready to lead at home,” Welle explained. “Veterans have ethical and leadership standards developed in the crucible of war that can make America’s businesses and governments stronger.”
LCDR Welle, currently stationed in Little Creek, Virginia, served in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009 and will be the Commanding Officer of USS WHIRLWIND (PC-11) in Bahrain next spring.
Visit http://shadowofgreatness.com/nmcrs to best support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society through your purchase, learn more about the book, watch videos, and find a schedule of book talks and signing events around the country during Veterans Week and beyond.