As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, we are grateful for our service members, veterans and their families. We appreciate their commitment to our country, and thank them for their service.

At Amazon, we have been fortunate to have thousands of veterans and military spouses hold positions across our company. (And have pledged to hire 25,000 more over the next five years!) One such veteran is Aaron Brusch, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 11 years, who recently shared his experience working as an area manager at our fulfillment center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His military training helped him adapt quickly to an exciting, fast-paced and dynamic environment. Aaron and his wife have three children, one of whom was born while he was deployed. Aaron is one of 70 military veterans at our Spartanburg facility, putting leadership skills to work, encouraging teamwork and inspiring a passion for our customers every day.

We thank Aaron and the many others who have served our nation -- as well as their families.

Happy 4th of July!