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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, November 9 2012

Today's Focus:

Veterans Day 2012: Soldier for Life

Senior Leaders are Saying

On Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served in defense of our nation ... Each year, we take the opportunity to pay tribute to generations who have proudly worn the Army uniform on behalf of all Americans.

- Army senior leaders message

View the complete Tri-signed letter: Veterans Day 2012: Soldier for Life

What They're Saying

I'm very honored to be out here to spend time with these veterans. They have done more than I could ever imagine. It's a sobering experience.

- Spc. Parker Myers, infantryman and one of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldiers to welcome Honor Flight Ohio to the World War II Memorial. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization which transports veterans of past wars to their respective memorials in Washington, D.C.

Old Guard Soldiers welcome Honor Flight Ohio

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Veterans Day 2012: Soldier for Life

What is it?

Nov. 11, 1918, is generally considered the end of World War I, The Great War, and the war to end all wars. In 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a holiday, and, in 1954, the name changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans. Honoring veterans on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on its purpose to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for freedom. The Army's theme for Veterans Day is: Soldier for Life.

What has the Army done?

The Army is committed to ensuring lifelong success for our Soldiers and their families by connecting them with opportunities for employment, education and healthcare post military service. To meet the President's call for a career-ready military, the federal government is developing a training and services delivery model to strengthen service members' transition to civilian life and prepare them to succeed in the next phase of their lives. To answer that call, the Army continues to improve the Army Career & Alumni Program which provides transition assistance workshops and resources year round.

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

We continue to strengthen our efforts to honor, recognize and help Soldiers in their transition to civilian life by partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in addition to partnering with organizations, industry and local communities to ensure employment, education and healthcare are available for Soldiers, veterans and their families. Honoring our nation's veterans includes supporting them long after their military service has ended.

Why is this important to the Army?

Our All Volunteer Force serves in peacetime and wartime, placing them in danger, serving with distinction under difficult circumstances and sacrificing to meet the needs of our nation. As a nation, we are responsible for ensuring our veterans are prepared and equipped to reintegrate as civic members, leaders and role models into our communities. Army veteran's leadership experience, teamwork ethic and results focus are valuable to any organization. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. Once a Soldier ... a Soldier for Life!

Resources:

Army Senior Leaders message
Transition resources at Army.mil: Ready & Resilient
Army.mil: Veterans
Army.mil: Soldier for Life
Army Career & Alumni Program
Hero 2 Hired
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Day
Related article: History of Veterans Day

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