<b>Veterans Day 2009 </b>

<b>What is it' </b>

Americans celebrated Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War I by honoring the nation's fallen Soldiers and calling for a lasting peace. Soon veterans became part of the annual event, and in 1938 Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

<b>What has the Army done' </b>

Honoring our nation's veterans includes supporting them throughout their lives, long after their military service has ended. On this 90th anniversary of Veterans Day, we celebrate the accomplishments of the men and women who have defended our Nation on the fields of battle, both near and far. You've heard it said that "the Army takes care of its own" and that holds true even more today with the transformation of how we care for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and their families. On April 1, 2009 the Army established the Warrior Transition Command, which provides care for our wounded warriors. Other programs such as the Warrior Care and Transition Program help wounded, ill and injured servicemembers return to duty or transition to civilian life.

<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>

The Army is dedicated to continuing to improve a sustainable and adaptive warrior care and transition system that provides world-class support to Soldiers, families and their caregivers. Many new programs are on the horizon to promote the future viability and success of the force. The Army remains committed to helping Soldiers and their families manage their expectations during the healing and transition process by continuing to provide the very best care and support possible.

<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>

In times of war and peace, our men and women in uniform stand up to defend their fellow citizens and the country they love. They accept great responsibility and live up to the highest standards of honor and duty. The journey to become a Soldier begins with courage. We proudly salute the men and women who have defended our nation's freedom throughout the years and thank them for their sacrifice. We owe them the best possible assistance once they return to civilian life and will do everything in our power to ensure they receive it.

<b>Resources: </b>

<a href="http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ " target="_blank"> Official Veterans Day Website</a>

<a href=" http://www.army.mil/warriorcare" target="_blank">Warrior Transition Command Web site </a>

<a href="http://www.army.mil/-images/2009/11/10/55583/index.html " target="_blank">2009 Senior Leader Veteran's Day Message </a>

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