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Veterans Day 2009


"This Veteran's Day, we salute our men and women in uniform who have selflessly defended and secured our nation's freedom..."

View the complete 2009 Senior Leader Veteran's Day Message


Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"We're doing an outstanding job preparing our warriors which is why our enemy is going from one extreme to the other. They know we are capable of defending ourselves and that in order to attack us they have to be willing to face certain death. Our Soldiers are willing and able to accomplish their missions, which are leading to our success in both theaters. When it does happen, our training will be the reason for our success."

-Master Sgt. David J. Holmes, an NCO assigned to the 61st Ordnance Brigade S-3, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Airborne Combat Infantry Badge and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge. Success for him is in the legacy he leaves in the Soldiers he has the pleasure of training.

Noncommissioned officer defies odds to achieve, mentor subordinates


2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

November 2009

Military Family Appreciation Month
National Native American Month
Warrior Care Month
Veteran's Day Week

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day


Army Professional Writing


Veterans Day 2009

What is it?

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.

What has the Army done?

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.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

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.

Why is this important to the Army?

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.


Official Veterans Day Website

Warrior Transition Command Web site

2009 Senior Leader Veteran's Day Message


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