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Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts Talks Transition

Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts takes a sunny ride in the Hiring Our Heroes-wrapped Toyota Rav4 to share his insights into transition and his views on how the support networks surrounding service members can truly set military families up for success.

Top Takeaways from “Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts Talks Transition”

1. Your post-military life will be different than your military life. Not better or worse, just different.

“The camaraderie, the community, is going to be different, but that doesn’t mean we can’t meet great people that are civilians who didn’t necessarily wear the uniform alongside of us. Part of it is just knowing that there’s going to changes. There’s going to be differences and that’s OK. It’s OK that it’s going to be hard. Transitions are hard for everybody.” – Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient and Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Brand Ambassador

2. Hiring managers can engage with veterans at their organizations without being an expert on all things veteran.

“I always try to drive home that hiring veterans and their spouses is not charity. … You can do things that are good for your organization that are good for veterans and you can take advantage of this incredible workforce out there that’s just waiting to be tapped.” – Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient and Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Brand Ambassador

3. To find the right job, you need to think about your passions.

“Do you really like working on a team? Does a sense of purpose matter to you? Is money really enough? You might think that it is because you think you didn’t get paid a lot while you were in the military but you were also surrounded by incredible people and had an incredible mission so it’s pretty easy to be inspired under those conditions.” – Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient and Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Brand Ambassador 

4. Don’t be afraid to change course in your post-military career path.

“If the first thing you do coming out (of the military) doesn’t work out, that doesn’t make you a quitter.” – Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient and Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Brand Ambassador

5. You will succeed after serving in the military.

“Don’t limit yourself to what you think you are capable of, really reach coming out (of the military).” – Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient and Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota Personal Brand Ambassador

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