The military was always about adapting and overcoming obstacles and that has significantly helped me in my career, in school, while volunteering, in everything I do. As I look back over my career, a majority of my training and education involved problem-solving and I am grateful to have learned that skill.
Respect your veterans. They've seen and done things for our country that you wouldn't believe. They volunteered to put their bodies and minds through extreme stress and deploy to some terrible places in the world out of love for our country.
For all of you reading this that still have some time on contract, don't waste it. Make the most of it and do something positive. Be the leader you would want to have, and just when you think you've broken through, do it again. You owe it to the ones under your charge and you truly are molding the future and your legacy.