This Veterans Day, we’re saluting the people who have served our country in the armed forces. We’re proud to share two of our own associates’ stories of their time in the military and their advice for veterans returning to civilian life and the workforce.
Harley Stewart, U.S. Navy
A native of Marble Hill, a tiny town nestled in the hills of North Georgia, Harley Stewart wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when she grew up.
“I thought, why not try the military?” she said.
Stewart went on to join the Navy and was stationed in Atsugi, Japan. Originally built by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1938, Atsugi is one of the largest U.S. Navy air bases in the Pacific Ocean.
She served for four years as an aviation mechanic and surveyor, finally leaving with the rank of AM2 Alexander. The experience in Japan, she said, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“Honestly, it was incredible, from the food to just getting to be around the culture,” she said. “The language barrier was difficult, but once you knew your way around, there was so much to do and just to experience.”
Stewart now works in the Minster Bank operations department, a job she says keeps her busy with monitoring accounts and making sure they’re properly balanced. It takes a team to ensure customer accounts are secure and transacting properly. Everyone has to be an expert at what they do, as well as be efficient — not so different from the military
Her advice for veterans looking to return to civilian life and the workforce?
“Find something that doesn’t seem like work, whether it’s something you enjoy or the people you work with,” she said.
Harley Stewart, aviation mechanic and surveyor, U.S. Navy
Scott Neth, U.S. Marines
Scott Neth, Vice President, Retail Banking for Minster Bank, is the third generation of his family to serve in the Marine Corps.
“My grandfather was in the Marines, my father was in the Marines and my brother was also in the Marines with me,” said Neth.
Neth went to boot camp in Parris Island, S.C., before being stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He served as a Fiscal Budget Technician, handling accounts all along the eastern seaboard and in parts of Europe.
He explained that his work in the Marines was a good preparation for his job now.
“The basic concepts are the same, and I think you can apply them to other situations. It gave me a good base to work with,” he said.
Being a Marine also gave Neth a strong sense of his own values: “You’ve got to work hard and do the right thing,” he said.
Neth attained the rank of Corporal during his time in the service. Afterward, he attended The Ohio State University and finally came to work at Minster Bank in May 2017.
Neth encourages veterans returning to the workforce to seek out support from their peers.
“Be proud of your service,” he said. “Being in the service and serving our country earns a lot of respect right away. There are a lot of other veterans out there who are willing to help you out.”
Scott Neth, Fiscal Budget Technician, U.S. Marines
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