Interview with CEO, Tony Coutsoftides

Since its inception, Legion Logistics has been committed to hiring, supporting and helping veterans. May is National Military Appreciation Month, May 21st is Armed Forces Day and this year, May 30th is Memorial Day.  In order to recognize the sacrifices all our service members make, up to and including the ultimate sacrifice, Legion is spending the end of the month highlighting the veterans who now work at Legion. They are part of the 1% of the US population who risk life and limb to protect all of us and our freedoms. They’ve made incredible sacrifices for minimal pay doing things the rest of us aren’t brave, or honorable, enough to do. And for that, we will always be grateful.

Why did you join the military? Did you have family members who also served?

My uncle was a decorated Four-Star General in Greece and Cyprus and I wanted to emulate his carrier. However, I did not want to earn my rank because of political connections but rather through my own merit. So I enlisted in the US Army after immigrating to the United States in 1991.

In which branch of the service did you serve?

ARMY!

What years did you serve?

1992-2002

What was the highest rank you achieved?

Captain

Were you deployed? If so, where were your deployments?

South America

What was your favorite thing about serving?

The comradery and the physical and mental challenges of being in the military.

Why did you leave/retire/separate?

I was injured in a training exercise at Fort Bragg. I was doing a night jump from very low altitude and had a partial deployment of my parachute. I hit the ground going about twice as fast as I should have. I could have ridden a desk for the rest of my days in the Army, but that’s not why I joined.

How can we best honor the fallen on days like this and every day?

Listen to their families and support them the best you can. Everything you do helps, no matter how small.