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28 August 2010 – At its National Conference in Las Vegas, NV, the Association of the United States Navy membership approved a new form of governance proposed by the AUSN Strategic Planning Committee.
Through many visits recently, my past experience with service members, families, retirees, as a Commanding Officer, as a staffer with a US Senator; and, now, a retired member, I can honestly say most service members and their families never think about what a veteran is – until well after they are retired or have served.
Despite what has been reported in the press, the overall employment situation for all veterans is better than for nonveterans. This is not to say there are not problem areas. As a person who spent nearly 28 years in the Navy of which 21 were in the Navy Reserve, I feel our country has an obligation to ensure all veterans are properly employed since it is the military member who defended our constitutional republic.
Since its inception just after World War I, that "war that was supposed to end all wars," Veterans' Day has had a special place in the hearts of Americans. Most of us, I'm sure, grew up in small communities from coast-to-coast that held celebratory parades and other memorial activities in honor of those that have served.
This story reveals much about commitment and success.
The four additional candidates selected to serve on the AUSN Board of Directors.