Posted by the Office of Public Affairs
On Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of the millions of men and women in the United States Armed Forces. At home and abroad, these dedicated military service members work tirelessly to protect our nation.
The Department of Homeland Security has continued its work to increase the number of veterans in our workforce. Veterans now represent more than a quarter of our personnel, serving as Transportation Security Officers, Border Patrol agents, and throughout our Headquarters. Across the Department, DHS veterans contribute their time, talents and experience to our missions every day, and we thank them for their continued service.
This year, the U.S. Coast Guard was the special honoree of New York City’s 94th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade, and the events of recent weeks offer a shining demonstration of their commitment and dedication. The Coast Guard was among the first agencies to respond to Hurricane Sandy, one of the worst storms ever to strike our country. From braving the storm’s ferocious winds to rescue crewmembers aboard the HMS Bounty, to assisting the Red Cross in shelters across New York and New Jersey, our colleagues in the U.S. Coast Guard have served honorably and made us proud.
Today, Secretary Napolitano delivered remarks at the Northeastern University Annual Veterans Day Ceremony to pay tribute to our nation’s men and women in uniform, including Northeastern’s alumni and current student veterans.
The service and sacrifice of veterans across the country not only enriches our nation, but through their continued service helps support the important work of this Department. We hope you will join us today in thanking our veterans for all that they have done and continue to do in support of our country.