A Veterans Day Message

Veterans Day graphic, November 11, 2017

On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day, an observance first started with Armistice Day in 1919, and then, since 1954, as Veterans Day, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower expanded the focus to include all veterans in addition to those who served in World War I.

Veterans Day offers a chance for reflection: what words like freedom, sacrifice, patriotism, and resilience really mean, and the individuals who best personify them.  We, as a Nation, must continue to hold in the highest regard the service and sacrifice made on part of our Armed Forces – and recall the myriad contributions of our veterans, who are embedded in the fabric of America’s history and future.

And what better time to honor Veterans Day than during Warrior Care Month and Military Family Month, observances dedicated to honoring and providing resources to America’s greatest heroes.

To veterans and their families, we express our eternal gratitude this Veterans Day, and always.

– Mr. Bret Stevens, United States Air Force Veteran and Director of Disability Evaluation Systems, DoD Office of Warrior Care