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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, November 7 2011

Today's Focus:

Veterans Day 2011

Senior Leaders are Saying

Since 1919, Americans have paused to remember the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended the American way of life ...

- Army Senior leaders

View the complete: Senior leader message for 2011 Veterans Day

What They're Saying

The Soldier carries too much weight so anything we can do to reduce Soldier load increases the Soldier's effectiveness, his capability on the battlefield and his survivability.

- Maj. Matthew Bowler, a military advisor to the Joint Service Small Arms Program, speaking about the eventual replacement of M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), a standard issued machine gun used by Soldiers in combat zones, with a lighter machine gun.

New light machine gun aims to 'SAW' Soldiers' load

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Veterans Day 2011

What is it?

Although World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, fighting actually stopped seven months earlier when an armistice, or a temporary cessation of fire, between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918 is generally considered the end of The Great War, the war to end all wars. President Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to show solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service. The annual event soon embraced all veterans, and in 1938 Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans. Today, Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls. Honoring veterans on Nov. 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of the event: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

What has the Army done?

Honoring our nation's veterans includes supporting them long after their military service has ended. Since 2008, the Army has observed November as Warrior Care Month. While we care for Soldiers each and every day, observing Warrior Care Month allows us to highlight the many ways the Army keeps Soldiers and their families healthy and safe. Most people think of the combat injured when they hear the term warrior care. Clearly, there is no greater cause than helping those men and women heal. But warrior care is also about the Army preventing illnesses and accidents, having the best protective gear, maintaining a strong medical readiness posture, investing in research, and knowing the best trained medics in the world are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Soldiers on the battlefield.

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

Across the Army, leaders and Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers will engage with men and women who don't wear the uniform, but who support and care for our Soldiers and their families - the Veterans Administration, Congress, veteran and military organizations, nonprofits, corporate America, local communities, and individual citizens -sharing their personal experiences from health care to training, education and employment.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our veterans have enlisted in peacetime and wartime, placing themselves in danger, serving with honor under difficult circumstances, and often making the ultimate sacrifice to keep our nation free. We owe a great debt to those who have assumed the ultimate responsibility of citizenship. Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants, mentors, parents, and community leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast.

Resources:

U.S. Army Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website
U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command website
2011 Army Senior Leader Veterans Day Message
2011 Warrior Care Month STAND-TO!

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