If you ask a child what a hero is, he or she will likely respond with names of famous comic book characters like Superman, Batman or Iron Man. Kids more into the gaming scene might cite characters like Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario. In some cases, even professional athletes are viewed as heroes because kids and adults alike look up to them as role models.
I will tell you that once upon a time, legendary Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was my hero growing up, my father told me stories of his greatness and we watched games where he played together when I was really young. Eventually though, I grew out of that and my idea of a hero changed.
But although the perceptions of heroes change as people grow up, there are certain individuals in the world who truly are America's heroes, and they aren't fictional characters or merely perceived as such based on accomplishments on a sports team. Who are these heroes of America? Quite simply put, they are the men and women of the United States Military. Every branch: Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard. These brave human beings often find themselves risking their lives each and every day so that we - the everyday, normal citizens of the world - can be free to raise our families and pursue our own dreams in safety.
So why is it that after their years in the service are through, veterans find themselves unemployed? Based on numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics within the United States Department of Labor, in 2014, 573,000 veterans were unemployed. Of those, 59% of them were in the age 45 or older range, 37% were in the range of 25-44, and 4% were in the 18-24 range.
As the son of a recruiter (who is a Navy veteran himself) whose main focus is to bring in veterans for the company he works for, I can personally say that the amount of unemployed veterans in America is not only alarming, but it is downright despicable.
So what does this have to do with the Miami Dolphins? Well, if you are an unemployed veteran and are looking for a job, the organization will be doing their part to help America's heroes by hosting a Military Veterans Hiring Event at Sun Life Stadium on June 23, 2015 in conjunction with Mission United
Over the past several months, I have been able to personally witness just how much of a first class organization the Miami Dolphins are, but this event that they'll be hosting for America's heroes hits closer to home for me than any other event I've covered thus far. For more information on the event, go to Dolphins.com/veterans and see what it's all about. Also, click below for an awesome video about the event courtesy of the Miami Dolphins organization.
Bravo Miami Dolphins, all of the United States Military, its veterans, and their families (myself included) salute you.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater