Called for Duty: A Look at Agents Who Served Our Country and Now Communities

At Farm Bureau, we’re proud to welcome insurance agents and agency managers from all different backgrounds, including those who have served our country. Veterans come to Farm Bureau with leadership skills that are unmatched and a passion to serve and protect. In honor of Veterans Day, learn about two hometown heroes who transitioned from serving our country to the insurance industry and why they feel this career is the right fit for them.

Roger Robinson, Agency Manager in Iowa

When did you serve our country?

I served in the Navy from 1988 – 1992. I was in the first Gulf War and worked on the Flight Deck of the USS Wasp, where I was a plank owner and directed aircraft on the flight deck.

Farm Bureau Agency Manager Roger Robinson

What appealed to you to join Farm Bureau?

Farm Bureau appealed to me because I grew up and worked on farms as a kid in northwest Iowa. My friend called me one day asking if he could give my name out to the Farm Bureau agency manager about becoming an agent. I guess the rest is history.

How does serving your country and serving your community relate?

When I was in the Navy I didn’t realize it really is a selfless act – I thought it was something I just wanted to do. It’s the same with helping your community; you do it because it’s who you are. Serving just comes naturally, and it gives me a strong sense of accomplishment.

What do you enjoy about being a Farm Bureau agency manager?

As a manager, I love helping people become successful in something they love to do.

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

Veterans Day is special to me because it’s a specific day on which we all should take the time to thank someone who has stood up and answered the call to serve.

John Arden, Minnesota agent

When did you serve our country?

I served from 1990 – 1996 in the Army as a Flight Engineer on Chinook helicopters. I was responsible for maintaining my helicopter and flying it on all types of missions.

What appealed to you to join Farm Bureau?

I became a Farm Bureau insurance agent because of the principle idea of customer and community service. I wanted to be respected in the community and offer personal attention with a one-stop option for client/members.

How does serving your country and serving your community relate?

The military is a close-knit team, and it’s beautiful when we come together and can properly execute a task. I see that same teamwork and execution with Farm Bureau. It’s a mentality to help protect livelihoods and futures.

What does Veterans Day mean to you?

To me, Veterans Day creates a sense of pride from the brotherhood of men and women who have sacrificed their lives and time to preserve the world’s best country.

Learn How to Become a Farm Bureau Insurance Agent

Veterans Day is a day to thank those who have served, and in some instances, given the ultimate sacrifice. And for that, we thank you. Our insurance agents come from various backgrounds to serve their communities. If you believe you have the skills to help your friends and neighbors protect what matters most to them, a career as a Farm Bureau agent might be right for you. If so, check out our Reserve Agent Program today!