Faculty/Veteran Dr. Valerie Tayor-Haslip Shares Importance of Veteran's Day
This Veteran's Day York College would like to take a moment to acknowledge one of its very own, Associate Professor Valerie Taylor-Haslip, PhD, RN, FNP. We asked Dr. Taylor-Haslip to tell us why Veterans Day is important to her. To our surprise, Dr. Taylor-Haslip unveiled how this beloved family tradition has affected her life. Thank you Dr. Valerie Taylor Haslip for your service to our country and for sharing your story with the York College Community.
"Veterans Day is important to me firstly because I come from a family of veterans who have historically been pioneers in the armed forces. My uncle died in combat during WWII, my father and another uncle fought in the Korean War and several cousins fought in the Vietnam War. My father and uncle told us stories of segregation in the units they served, but always in their stories was a
sense of pride in the branch of the military they served. One cousin who served in Vietnam, survived the return from the war as an army vet to go on to serve another 27 years as an army reservist.
Veterans are a tradition in my family. I along with several other relatives proudly served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, and the Navy. And each of us did so by choice and not by circumstance. The pride of the generations before us who served even under the worst of situations, instilled in us a respect for the armed services and a desire to be a part of the overall mission.
In my personal experiences as an active duty registered nurse in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserves, the echo of service, pride and sense of leadership resounded loud and clear. I could feel what my father, uncles, and cousins described in their stories. I experienced a camaraderie with the people I worked with unlike any I have experienced in civilian life. No matter our differences, dislike with each other, prejudices, and bias, we managed to work together for a common cause. The mission. It was this important goal that led us all to work with one another collectively. No matter your job function, you were essential to the mission and the motto was “if you succeed, I succeed…. we all succeed to achieve the mission together.
It is this unique experience that enabled me to learn to trust in a person who may not like me for whatever reason or have differences with me for whatever reason, but would still fulfill their part of the mission to keep me and others safe. For African Americans and minorities this is a big deal.
My father, uncles, and cousins who served in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam did not speak of the safety and security I felt. But they spoke of the soldiers who were true to the mission and for whom the achievement meant they could at times count on them to help them to succeed. Afterall they made it home safely to tell the stories.
Military veterans are an elite group of individuals who even when afraid do what is necessary while experiencing fear. Each a different type of fear, but fear none the less. That is courage to me. Veterans Day means to me, we honor those who served to fulfill the mission despite fear and all else with courage."