A Message from NACVSO President - November
As we come out of this Veterans Day weekend, it is with immense gratitude and a deep sense of responsibility that I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the men and women who have served in our Nation's Armed Forces.
Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, commemorates the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. The armistice took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front.
Over the years, the day evolved to encompass all veterans, recognizing their sacrifices, courage, and dedication to preserving the freedoms we hold dear. It's more than a day on the calendar; it's a solemn acknowledgment of the collective debt we owe to those who answered the call of duty. Our veterans, of all generations, have demonstrated unwavering commitment to a cause larger than themselves.
As we expressed our gratitude on Veterans Day this past weekend, we should also reflect on the broader commitment our Nation has to those who have served. Upholding the promises made to veterans is not just a matter of duty; it's a moral imperative. As advocates, we know that our veterans, having pledged their lives to safeguard our liberties, deserve more than our thanks and we live this commitment every day. They deserve access to quality healthcare, pro-bono access to claims benefits, educational opportunities, and other support as they navigate a sometimes-lifelong transition back to civilian life, and we will be there to ensure that happens.
Ensuring that the needs of veterans are met is truly a testament to the character of our Nation. It's a commitment that extends beyond parades and ceremonies, transcending into policy, advocacy, and genuine care for the welfare of those who bore the burdens of defending our way of life. Veterans Day is a poignant reminder that our obligation to those who served doesn't end when the uniform is hung up; it is a lifelong commitment to their sacrifices by ensuring they receive the support they need and deserve.
As we marked this Veterans Day, let us renew our dedication to refining a society that recognizes, respects, and care for its veterans. It's a promise that echoes the promise of President Abraham Lincoln, who, in his second inaugural address, vowed "to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." In honoring our veterans, we honor the very essence of what it means to be an American—commitment to each other, compassion in action, and a shared responsibility to build a future worthy of their sacrifices. Let us always remember that every day is Veterans Day.