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Members of our nation’s Armed Forces and their families serve and sacrifice every day for the safety and well-being of our nation and its citizens. In 1999, May was designated National Military Appreciation Month by an Act of Congress, providing Americans the opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude and appreciation to our Service men and women, both past and present. Throughout the month, a number of historical hallmark dates are commemorated: Loyalty Day, Victory in Europe Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
So this month especially, we want to send our heartfelt gratitude to you, our Service members and your families. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, your bravery, and your selflessness. The Office of Warrior Care Policy is committed to doing our best through programs that support and enhance your recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration.
We work hard every day to design and implement programs that support our recovering wounded, ill, and injured Service members and set them on a path to success, whether they reintegrate back to the military or into the civilian community. We know that education, employment, and positive physical activity are key components of this process. We have coordinators all over the country—and the world— assisting recovering Service members with goals such as finding a Federal internship, completing a competitive resume, or participating in adapted sports.
Though only a select few choose to wear the uniform and serve our country in the Armed Forces, it is the privilege and responsibility of all of us to recognize, applaud, and support their service. We are honored to do that this month, and throughout the year. I hope many across the country and around the world will join the Warrior Care Policy Team in showing their personal appreciation for the Service members and military families in their communities, and throughout the Nation.
- Ms. Nancy Weaver, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Warrior Care Policy