Joe Fitz is the Vice President of Business Applications at Corporate. He has worked for CentiMark for 21 years. Joe served from 1976-1980 in the United States Army Field Artillery as a Sergeant.
1. Why did you join the military? To serve a greater cause - public service.
2. How does your military experience affect your life today? Everyday that goes by, I am more aware of the sacrifices (both emotionally and physically) that veterans have made to ensure our freedoms. Talk is cheap. The people who have served or are serving deserve your respect.
3. Is there a person(s) that you met in the military that changed or influenced your life? I have become involved in volunteer opportunities to help veterans with issues. The retired Marine Major General, who leads one of these organizations, has devoted the latter part of his life to helping those less fortunate. It has helped me realize how fortunate I am...there, but for the grace of God, go I.
4. What experience(s) stands out to you as the most memorable or significant? The enlistment oath. Standing with the rest of the volunteers pledging to ''I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God”... Your life changes once you take that oath.
5. What should all Americans know about veterans? Serving your country is a choice. Suffering emotionally and physically is not. Many veterans serve proudly and honorably and come out of the experience better people. However, some veterans, due to the fortune of wars, suffer traumatic injuries not of their making. These can range from mental issues like PTSD and depression to physical issues like TBI (traumatic brain injury), amputations, etc. When you see a veteran, do not assume. Some of the injuries are visible. Many are hidden. Nobody is looking for sympathy. Everybody deserves respect.
6. What values, freedoms, rights did you feel that you served our country for?
The freedom of speech. I may disagree with what you say but I will defend your right to say it (no matter how stupid it is)