Have a happy Martin Luther King Day! The President has called on all Americans to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a day of service to the community
, encouraging all to participate in Day of service projects across the nation.
On January 13, at the Department of Defense’s National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Program in the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, Virginia, Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn recognized that “Americans of all races have served in our military from its very beginnings,” Lynn told a packed Pentagon auditorium as he outlined the history of significant military moments
in the fight for civil rights.
Dr. King epitomized a core value of Selfless-Service, and has inspired a generation of leaders to find ways to give back to our Nation.
Mr. Gerald Thomas, a retired marine officer, and former congressional staffer now serving as an assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy will spend the day with other Wounded Warriors in service to their community with the non-for profit www.missioncontinues.org
Mission Continues is one of more than 10,000 vetted resources for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families listed on the National Resource Directory
, jointly funded and managed by the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy at DoD, as well as the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.
To find out what community service projects you can assist with, please visit www.mlkday.gov
You can put in your zip code and your preferences for a community service, and be instantly connected to a local community service effort in your home town.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has highlighted unique service opportunities for members of the military and their families at www.serve.gov/vets
You can even build your own military or veterans community service project by using the online Toolkit: Connecting Veterans to Community Services
All of us here in the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy thank you for YOUR service, and have a wonderful holiday weekend, and better “Day On”
How did you Serve on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Share Your Story with the Corporation for National and Community Service -- "We want to know how you served on MLK Day 2011. Please take a few minutes to share your experience by answering the questions below. Your answers will help us highlight the many ways Americans are honoring Dr. King through service, improving lives, and making a difference in our communities."
Share your story of servie by clicking HERE
, and dont forget to email your photos directly to the MLK Day Flickr account