“Our men and women in uniform stand watch abroad and more are readying to deploy. To each and every one of them, and to the families who bear the quiet burden of their absence, Americans are united in sending one message: we honor your service, we are inspired by your sacrifice, and you have our unyielding support. And just as they must have the resources they need in war, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home.”  - President Barack Obama

President Obama’s message is accurate. We, the citizens of the United States of America, have a responsibility to support our Service men and women for life. However, his comment should not be misconstrued as an indictment that Americans have not been doing so. The highest levels of government are so committed to this support that warrior and family support efforts are now incorporated into the national security decision making process during monthly Interagency Policy Committee and routinely held Deputy and Principal Committee meetings. Today, unlike any generation in history, citizens across the country are supportive in word and deed of the American Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman. Our nation is so full of support for our Service members it is difficult to illustrate all the organizations and individuals trying to do their part to support our veterans. Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calls this a “Sea of Goodwill” of American support. He notes, “The challenge…is how do you connect that sea of goodwill to the need?”

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