Chair, DA Guatemala; Chair, Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus

  • A Proclamation on National Veterans And Military Families Month, 2022

    From The White House

    OCTOBER 31, 2022

    A Proclamation on National Veterans And Military Families Month, 2022

    This month, our Nation honors the strength and sacrifices of the families, caregivers, and survivors of our veterans and our current service members.  They may not wear uniforms, but their service is essential to our national security and the character of our Nation.  We owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay.

         Constant tours, deployments, and rotations are difficult for our military families.  Jill and I have personally experienced the anxious pride that parents feel seeing their child in uniform.  We have marveled at the devotion of military families and their resilience to uproot their lives every few years and move to new communities.  We honor the stalwart courage and resolve of veteran families caring for their loved ones when their service in uniform concludes.  We grieve alongside families of the fallen who have lost a piece of their soul.  That is why I take so seriously the sacred obligation to prepare and equip our service members when we send them into harm’s way and to care for them and their families when they return home.

         Since coming to office, I have signed into law important expansions of services and benefits to support our veterans and their families, improved VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances through the PACT Act, and made historic reforms to the military justice system that will enhance safety and protections for service members and their families impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence.  The First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative is helping military spouses find jobs, connecting military children with better education, and helping to ensure that military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors have what they need to thrive.  My Administration has also released a comprehensive public health strategy to reduce military and veteran suicides, which will guide our efforts to stand with families and protect the lives of our Nation’s heroes.

         To be a veteran or a service member is to have endured and survived challenges most Americans will never know.  To be the family of one of those proud patriots is to sacrifice more for our country than most Americans will ever give.  During National Veterans and Military Families Month, we pay homage to the unrelenting bravery and dedication of all who wear the uniform and to the unwavering love and support of all who serve alongside them.  Families who put their lives on hold so our military can hold the line represent the best of America, and we will always remember what they do for our Nation.

         NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as National Veterans and Military Families Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to honor veterans and military families with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-seventh.

                                   PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

     

    Original statement on the White House website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/10/31/a-proclamation-on-national-veterans-and-military-families-month-2022/


  • 9/11 Remembrance Memorial, A Powerful Reminder of Unity

    On September 11, 2022, an online memorial and safe discussion place took place over Zoom for Democrats Abroad members to reflect on the 9/11 tragedy from twenty-one years ago in which thousands of lives were lost in terrorist attacks which resulted in 3,000 lives having perished in New York City, the District of Columbia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The event was hosted by the DA Global Disabilities Caucus and the DA Global Veterans and Military Families (VMF) Caucus. 

    Several slides were displayed which offered various ways for persons to become involved in annual 9/11 memorials, including VMF-provided slides on resources available for veterans, military families, first responders, and other Americans wishing to communicate thoughts over 9/11 and possible concerns over depression.

    Kee Evans, Chair of both Democrats Abroad Guatemala and the Global VMF Caucus, offered her response to the online get-together. "Knowing that everyone is busy with getting out the vote of Americans abroad and other daily responsibilities, I was pleased so many people took time out of their busy lives to join us on this day of remembrance. I hope next year there's an even larger turnout for Patriot Day as we stick to our promise to 'never forget' September 11th and what it means."

    The memorial event included a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of 9/11, the first responders, the survivors and those affected by family and loved ones lost to the events. It also included a poem by a VMF member, listening to a beautiful rendition of 'America, the Beautiful,' and an open conversation for DA members to share their experiences and reflections from that fateful day in American history. A significant point shared by one member was the importance of staying unified during times of crises, and how Americans strive to work together when it comes to defeating terrorism, prioritizing national security, and lifting the spirits of our families and loved ones.

    A sample of the slides presented and photos taken from the event can be seen below.
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  • President Biden Delivers Remarks and Signs the PACT Act of 2022

    The long-awaited PACT Act will expand Veteran Affairs health care for personnel impacted by burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also  includes benefits for those affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


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    Join the team working on our newest caucus, the new Global Disability Caucus!

    We would like to build the broadest possible membership in this new and important team within Democrats Abroad. 

    The mission of the Democrats Abroad Global Disability Caucus is to provide a voice for individuals with disabilities across its global membership. In addition to participating in voter and electoral support work the team will collaborate with allies within the Democratic Party and disability rights groups to ensure that all activities and venues are accessible; advocate on proposed legislation addressing disability rights; and educate and empower Democrats Abroad members and leaders about the issues impacting individuals with disabilities.

    In addition to Democrats Abroad members with disabilities, we welcome and encourage the involvement of supporters of our members and our issues.  We hope to form an inclusive, diverse, active and effective community which provides fulfilling experiences for all.

    **Please note that if you sign up to volunteer with us, you may be contacted directly via email by Chair, Marnie Delaney.

     

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