About a year ago, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes was flying home from California to New York when a flight attendant asked if he’d like to sit next to a war hero.

“It was an Army Ranger whose everyday job was to jump from an airplane at 80,000 feet with oxygen and go behind enemy lines and be part of night operations,” Sykes says, noting that the soldier had recently returned home and couldn’t find a job. “I was surprised that with his training there wasn’t something he could fit into.”

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