To show appreciation to the spouses, partners, children, caregivers, and survivors of our service members and veterans for their selfless sacrifice, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Friday declaring November 2021 as National Veterans and Military Month.
“During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we recognize and thank them for their indispensable contributions and immeasurable sacrifices in support of our national security,” said Biden in the proclamation. “As we approach this season of thanksgiving, we send our gratitude to millions of service members, veterans, military families, caregivers, and survivors who have served and continue to serve our Nation.”
Biden stated that he and the First Lady met with military and veteran families, caregivers, survivors, and advocates to learn how they can better support and prioritize their needs.
“Those discussions help inform the efforts across the Government to share data, create innovative solutions, and implement evidence-based programs and policies. In September, Joining Forces and the National Security Council released a report outlining the first round of Administration-wide commitments and proposals for supporting military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors. We are committed to continuing these efforts because we must, and we will, honor our sacred obligation to support our military and veteran families and ensure they receive the resources they need to thrive.”
The U.S. Department of Defense issued a statement on Friday echoing Biden’s remarks.
“Our nation’s service members do not serve alone. Alongside them are the dedicated members of their families, whose commitment and resolve strengthen our nation. Your support and resilience help strengthen our force,” said C. Eddy Mentzer, acting director of military community support programs. “The department recognizes that readiness depends on a strong and resilient home front, and we honor those who make it possible — our nation’s nearly 3 million military family members.”
The president’s full proclamation can be read here.