While May brings spring flowers, graduations, and Mother’s Day, it is also Military Appreciation Month, a time to respect and celebrate those who’ve served our nation so bravely and honorably. Dallas Capital Bank is proud to have both current and retired members of the military on our team. In celebration of Military Appreciation Month, we spotlight Angela Harper, a member of our accounting team.
Angela has been part of the DCB team for over 25 years – she will celebrate her 27th anniversary with the bank in July. Before her banking career, however, Angela served eight years in the Army National Guard.
Growing up, Angela always considered the military as a possible career and was drawn to join a branch of service, in part, because of her family’s tradition of military service. Several family members, including her older brother, joined the military after graduating high school.
However, this four-year ROTC cadet realized she wasn’t quite ready to leave home and chose instead to go to college. After her first year, she decided to join the Army National Guard with the goal of continuing her family’s military service tradition while pursuing her college education.
Ms. Harper’s basic training was at Fort McClellan, Alabama and she completed her AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Lee, Virginia, where she met her husband. She reached the rank of corporal and served in the supply unit during her eight years of service. Stateside, she served in Louisiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Her military career also took her to Stuttgart, Germany for an additional two years of inactive service while her husband was stationed there.
Pondering the correlations between her military and civilian careers, Angela shares that the discipline and perseverance honed in the Army have been most beneficial to her profession in banking. For those considering the military, she advises, “Be ready for structure and discipline. Join to get away and see the world, but know it is much more than that. It’s hard work and dedication, but it can be a beautiful experience as well.”
In a month when we are called to acknowledge and thank our fellow citizens for their service, Angela, a self-described “proud veteran,” shares the importance of those words to a service member, “It means everything to someone who has put their life on the line to protect and serve. It’s a much needed THANK YOU that service men and women need to hear.”
Dallas Capital Bank thanks Angela Harper and all our service members – active and veteran – for their selfless service and sacrifice.