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Veterans Day Leadership

Leadership: From Active Duty to DHS

Many of the missions of the Department of Homeland Security align with the deep sense of service and security that is fundamental to those who serve in our armed forces. We are proud to have more than 54,500 veterans—nearly 28% of our entire workforce—at the Department of Homeland Security.

Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

Memorial Day is a time to recognize and honor those brave men and women of the United States military who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this nation.

Photo of the Week

A surviving U.S. servicemember reflects during a ceremony for the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl HarborHonoring the fallen of yesterday, as we protect tomorrow. A surviving U.S. servicemember reflects during a ceremony for the 75th Commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Thanking Our Veterans

 A veteran – whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including his or her life

Photo of the Week

Del Rio Sector Honor GuardU.S. Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector Honor Guard proudly represents the agency and participates in a Veterans Day parade in Del Rio, Texas. On Veterans Day, we pause to honor the men and women of our nation’s armed forces who courageously defend our freedoms. This includes the more than 53,000 veterans – 17,000 at U.S. Customs and Border Protection alone – who continue to serve as employees of the Department of Homeland Security. Official U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo.

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. Please pause to thank a very special group of Americans—the brave men and women of our armed forces who have made the selfless and courageous decision to stand up to protect our country, our families, our rights, and freedoms.  We owe each veteran a debt of gratitude and everlasting recognition for their sacrifice. 

Honoring Service: Veterans Who Became USCIS Employees - Vanessa Hansen

If you ask Vanessa Hansen why she joined the Air Force, she'd tell you she felt a need to give back to the country that provided her family with asylum from Nicaragua. She entered the United States when she was 16 years old after her father was arrested by Nicaraguan police. After naturalizing in an asylum ceremony, Hansen decided to give back to her adopted country by entering the U.S. Air Force, where she served for almost six years. She continues to serve her country in the Air Force Reserves.
 

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