As we take time to be with family and friends on Memorial Day, we recognize that this holiday is an important part of our American heritage. Scott Carlson, a retired Navy Logistics Officer and current member of our Risk Advisory team, recalls the sacrifices of those who have died in service to our country. He also shares his work with DHG’s V.E.T.S. Common Interest Group; one priority for this group is helping veterans transition from the military to the corporate world.
As we reflect on Memorial Day and think about those who lost their lives serving our country, what comes to mind?
For me, Memorial Day is a special time to remember all those fellow Americans who served thanklessly for our freedom over the years. It is also a time to give thanks to all veterans and their families who supported them along the way. Memorial Day weekend will be filled with parades, fireworks, and other events to remember those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice. The one thing that always comes to mind for me about this weekend are the organizations standing at store fronts handing out poppies. As a kid I never really understood the magnitude of that simple poppy or the accompanying poem “In Flanders Fields,” but after joining the armed forces and traveling to other countries and visiting places of remembrance, it makes you think of the hundreds of thousands of people who died in support of our freedoms and the rights we have today. It sinks in – the significant value of our freedom and rights.
How are you involved with the DHG V.E.T.S. Common Interest Group (C.I.G.) and how is the group building relationships with vets around the firm and in our communities?
My involvement with DHG V.E.T.S. (Veterans Engagement and Talent Search) group includes participating in monthly meetings with other veterans across the firm, participating in local veteran recruiting events and supporting events with various veteran organizations.
We participate in events with Veteran’s Bridge Home (VBH) which is a one-stop shop for Veterans experiencing transition in Charlotte and surrounding communities. VBH helps Veterans transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state and federal resources.
We also work with Recruit Military, a military hiring organization, to network with veterans at recruiting events and talk to veterans about possible opportunities at DHG. Our team is also involved with Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) that is an initiative dedicated to honoring former and currently military personnel by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry. Through these organizations, we are trying to make DHG a company of choice for job seeking veterans with the right skill sets.
What are the mission and goals of the DHG V.E.T.S. Common Interest Group?
DHG is invested in the lives of veterans and is committed to recruiting them. DHG V.E.T.S. exists to recruit our country’s veterans who have shown exemplary service to our country as well as to their clients. Military veterans are represented at every level within our firm. The DHG V.E.T.S. team strives to build on cultural assimilation of our veterans at DHG, share networking opportunities to grow professionally, and provide access to firmwide programs for skill development. DHG V.E.T.S and DHG's leadership team are committed to ensuring a culture here where military veterans are valued, retained, and advanced at all levels in the firm. To learn more about the V.E.T.S. Common Interest Group, visit www.dhg.com/veterans.
About Scott Carlson
At age 17, after graduating high school, Scott enlisted in the Navy and started out working as a mechanic in the engine room on board the USS Nashville (LPD 13) and then transitioned into a training role at a shore command where he was later picked up for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. After receiving his commission as a Logistics Officer, he served as the Supply Officer on the submarine USS Graying (SSN 646), taught at the Naval Supply Corps School, and retired as the Aviation Supply Officer on board the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
After retiring from the Navy, he made a transition to the corporate sector where he has held compliance and operational roles in manufacturing, retail and now with DHG where he has served as Operations Manager on our Risk Advisory team for more than three years.