When you face down the enemy, it requires something of you that no amount of tussling on the gridiron or grappling in a think tank can do. Hiring a veteran is the right thing to do. If an employer has two individuals standing in front of him, and if all things are otherwise equal in terms of training, education, and resume credentials, I’d hire the vet in a heartbeat. Because guess what? He had my back, and now I’ve got his.