While we officially observe Veterans Day just once a year, we remember the service of those who have worn the uniform of the United States each and every day. Tomorrow, the Department of Energy honors those who serve, nearly 2,300 of which are DOE employees.
A day dedicated to love of country, willingness to serve, and willingness to sacrifice for the common good of the Nation, it is appropriate that on this Veterans Day we look for ways we can serve others. The Department, along with the rest of the Federal government, is in the midst of the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign, a fundraising drive dedicated to giving back to those in need.
We know why we give. We know how fortunate we are as Federal employees, and we know and see the need in this city and all over the country. We also know it could be different. We could be the ones in a temporary bad state and need some help—there is no shame in that, as we all need help sometimes.
DOE is rising to the occasion to give. We’re at the halfway point of the Combined Federal Campaign, and on this Veterans Day we’re proud that our Department has achieved more than twice the average for other agencies, and our participation rate stands at more than four times the national capital area average.
As the Veterans Affairs motto states, we as a country are obligated to “care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” Let us, as Federal employees and as a Nation, serve our country with our contributions, as our veterans and their families served our great country with their courage, heart, and sacrifice.
For more information on Veterans Day, visit: http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/
For more information on the Combined Federal Campaign, visit: cfc.doe.gov
Bill Valdez is the Acting Director Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.