This year’s theme for Veterans Day is at the very center of military service: honor. Honor reflects the value and tradition of answering the call to duty, in service of one’s team, our institutions, and the nation. There are 16.5 million American veterans who embody this ethos, but none more so than the 54,000 veterans honorably serving in our Department of Homeland Security. It is an unparalleled privilege to serve alongside our DHS veteran colleagues and witness their inspiring dedication to our mission every day.
Secretary Mayorkas and I are committed to delivering the resources and support veterans need as they still proudly serve. For example, I am hosting a webinar on the PACT Act today, detailing new support and services available to Post-9/11 combat veterans. We will also be having events for veterans to include community service opportunities throughout November. This November - National Veteran and Military Families month - DHS will also recognize our colleagues who are still proudly serving their country. I encourage all of you to join this effort. Find time to have a conversation with a colleague who served in the military, read a story about a veteran serving alongside you on DHS Connect, or join a veteran and participate in a community service activity.
Tomorrow is Veterans Day. It is a day of reflection and a time set aside across our entire country, and wherever around the world our military personnel are stationed, to express our profound gratitude for the noble service, the exceptional courage, and the extraordinary sacrifice of those who have worn our Nation’s uniform. It is also a day when we recognize and thank the veteran families who have shared in the noble service and great sacrifice.