One of our very own Linn Area employees, Andrea Brandon, is currently stationed in Afghanistan. She recently – completely out of the blue – set us a letter along with two gifts. We were so incredibly humbled and, quite frankly, teary eyed that we wanted to share it with the rest of our Linn Area family.
Andrea, we are so proud of you and can’t wait for you to come back! :)
I want to thank you for letting me take up a little bit of your time today. I loosely promise to keep it short. I can’t promise that it won’t be a little sappy. I am having Shannon present Management with a little token of my appreciation for all that they have done and gone through for me. Their unwavering support of me has been and continues to be astronomical. Today I am revoking their right to be modest about it.
Six years ago a poor and unsuspecting Marcia created a Military Policy. And so my story begins. On July 14th2004, ironically Flag Day, I became a part of the Linn Area family. A family I am proud to say I am a part of. Since that day Uncle Sam has interrupted my time at Linn Area more times than not. From time lost due to annual trainings, volunteer missions, state activations and deployments, management has been behind me 100%. No questions asked, no hesitations.
It is no secret that the military is a huge part of my life. It is who I am. Never once has Linn Area complained about that fact. Not once have I been made to feel like I am an inconvenience. Never have I had an employer that cares more about me than Linn Area. I am truly amazed at the lengths they have gone to make life as simple as possible for me and my family during these times of absence. They have made the transition in and out of civilian work life so painless it is unbelievable. Their patience when it comes to repeated retraining is above and beyond what one could ask for.
Now most would think that this is just something they should do. Not so much. They could make life a nightmare for me. They could forget about me until I come back. They could gripe and complain about the time and effort it takes to retrain someone not only to do the job, but also to be a civilian doing that job. Ask anyone of them and they can tell you it is a pain in the rear and a lot of work. One because it is me, two, well let’s just leave it at one!
Anyway, these words and this gift don’t really convey how I truly feel. I will never be able to really explain that. But I hope that you know that I serve in the military for and because of people and employers like you. Without you the National Guard wouldn’t be able to function. Soldiers wouldn’t be able to do the jobs we do overseas without employers like you behind us! And for that I am truly humble, and overly grateful that I have been blessed to have Linn Area as my employer. You make putting this uniform on literally every day worth it.
Here is the one and only, beautiful Ol’ Glory that I had flown here on Bagram in honor of Linn Area and their endless support of me as a Soldier. The two coins on the flag are to commemorate OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom).
(Side note: This now hangs in the entrance way at our Blairs Ferry branch!)
(Another side note: This plaque hangs on the second floor at our Blairs Ferry branch!)