We owe a large debt of gratitude to those who have served our country. While many who have served in the military now live quiet and unassuming lives, there are veterans who have gone on to make a big splash in business and in Hollywood.

Montel Williams

After graduating high school in 1974, Montel Williams enlisted in the Navy. Showing great skills in leadership, he eventually made his way to the US Naval Academy. Once he had graduated from the academy, Williams had a successful career as a cryptologist aboard multiple submarines. After his time in the military, Williams wanted to work with youth. His goal was to inspire them to reach their full potential. This is what eventually led him to create the Montel Williams Show.

Alan Alda

When you look at the face of Alan Alda, you most likely remember him as the loveable Hawkeye Pierce of the hit TV show M*A*S*H. However, most fans of this actor don’t know that he was actually a gunnery officer in the Korean War. Alda went on to have a very successful career in Hollywood writing, acting, and directing.

George Steinbrenner

If you are a Yankees fan, live in New York, or have watched the hit TV show Seinfeld, you have most likely heard the name, George Steinbrenner. After joining The American Shipbuilding Company, which was the family business, he amassed a fortune that would allow him to become the owner of the New York Yankees. After his purchase in 1973, the Yankees have won the world series more times than any other team in Major League Baseball history. Steinbrenner originally gained his knowledge of sports management as he helped manage Air Force sports teams during his time enlisted.

Fred Smith

In the shipping industry, there is almost no other name more well-known than Fed Ex. After only being home from a tour of duty in Vietnam for two years, Smith decided to start a shipping service that would allow customers to deliver products overnight. During the first night of service, only seven packages were shipped. It is rumored that out of those seven packages, only one was shipped on time.

These are just a few examples of the many veterans that came home to have major success. It is important to thank our veterans who put so much on the line to support us and our country. This Veterans Day, reach out to a veteran and show them your appreciation.