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Published November 17, 2010, 09:22 AM

Decorated Marine Corp Officer urges businesses in the F-M area to hire a Veteran

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A decorated Marine Corp Officer and National Security Council member under President Reagan is urging businesses in the F-M area to go military and hire a Veteran. Lt. Col. Oliver North was brought here by the F-M Chamber of Commerce as the first speaker in its Voices of Vision series.

The chamber's speaking series is bringing world thought leaders and business visionaries to Fargo. Lt. Col. Oliver North spoke to a crowd of about 500 people. His point was to encourage business leaders to look at vets when making a hire.

"If you want it done really well by someone who understands responsibility, accountability, self-motivated, and will get the job done better than anybody else in the world, hire a vet."

North says the media too often portrays the negative side of war and the toll it takes on soldiers rather than the good the troops do. He's a 2-time Purple Heart recipient, but insists the common soldier is the real hero for our country.

"Officers always get more than they warrant and the troops who actually do the work and fighting and bleed and die rarely get the accolades they deserve. So I'm grateful for the opportunity at least let them be seen."

North was put on a national spotlight in the 80's over the Iran-Contra scandal. A downside to an illustrious service career, but he's obviously bounced back. He is now hosting a national TV show and has hundreds of people waiting for his autograph as a best selling author.

"Anybody who gets up in the morning and doesn't reflect on yesterday, that says I couldn't do something better, is smoking something. And I don't smoke okay, there are a lot of things in my life I should have done differently."

The chamber will bring in a new speaker every November.