Last November, a few of us here at StreetShares had the honor of attending IAVA’s Heroes Gala in New York City. Travis Kalanick, Co-Founder and CEO of Uber, was awarded the 2014 Civilian Service Award for his leadership and commitment to post- 9/11 veterans. As Kalanick stepped up to the lectern to speak, he was overcome with emotion and said:
“I’m a civilian, but it’s what you guys do that allows entrepreneurs like me to follow our dreams.”
It was an incredibly powerful moment. No entrepreneur in America could have ever pursued their dreams were it not for the sacrifices of our armed forces day after day, year after year, defending our freedom. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to those who have fought and died defending our country and all we hold dear.
To the families of brave soldiers who have fallen: we grieve with you and words cannot express enough our gratitude for your sacrifice. May they be remembered and honored today and always.
To the soldiers wounded in battle: you are our heroes. May the scars of the past heal with time and may you always feel our nation’s pride and respect for all you’ve done.
To the Veterans of wars present and long ago: thank you for serving our nation with honor and valor.
To the soldiers who are even today on the field of battle, defending our country: thank you for putting your lives on the line every day so that we might know security, peace and freedom.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
– President Harry S. Truman
- The StreetShares Team
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