At this moment in our country we have over 24 million veterans but our numbers are rapidly dwindling. We share a unique bond in that most have shared in the sacrifice or have a great understanding of it. Also there is an extension of us veterans, our families and friends, most of whom also have a personal knowledge of what call to duty demands and its toll on those who serve and their families. We have to work together across all veterans organizations and as individuals to make sure that future generations of veterans and families will receive the best care they rightfully deserve and our fellow citizens have a clear reminder of the price of the freedoms they enjoy. The significance of our contributions should not die with us and we should leave an easier path for future veterans to assert their role in our society. We salute and commend all who make a lifetime commitment to serve their fellow veterans, those who are currently serving and their respective families. Our numbers can guarantee an outcome worth the legacy that we share.
2009 Officer Installation and Veteran of the Year Award Dinner Program