Thanking Our Post 9/11 Veterans
By: Jason Lewis
Although it has been thirteen years, most Americans can clearly recall where they were when they learned of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. For most, it’s a sad memory of a day filled with shock, disbelief, and heartbreak as we watched our nation come under attack in an unprecedented act of cowardice. Our eyes were glued to televisions across the United States and worldwide as the towers fell, a fully loaded passenger airliner bombarded the Pentagon, and another flight – presumably headed for Washington D.C. – plummeted into a field in rural Pennsylvania.
In the days and months to follow, our emotions would evolve from shock and despair to an impressive display of patriotism and well-placed anger. It soon became apparent that the United States would be forced to take this fight to the jihadist militias lest more innocent American civilians be in danger of attack. It was at this point which the United States military underwent a change that had not been felt in decades. We were at war.
It is easy for people to dehumanize the idea of waging war. Perhaps some may envision the President ordering his generals to maneuver divisions and warships to strategic locations. Some may picture supersonic aircraft, and stealth bombers conducting missions with surgical precision. While these images harbor some degree of accuracy, it is important that we recognize the individuals involved in these operations.
Every military unit is comprised of service members who proudly wear their branch’s uniform, and behind every uniform is a person who took an oath and volunteered to lay their life on the line in defense of their country – in defense of you. They knew that this commitment meant that they would surely be asked to leave their families to travel around the world, and be placed in harm’s way. They made this selfless decision with the hope that their sacrifice would mean that the American people would be able to peacefully carry on with their lives without fear of random acts of terrorism.
With the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom drawing down, our troops are beginning to return home in growing numbers. Although the fight is not over, we are now able to welcome many of our troops home as Veterans of our armed forces. As they come home, we should recognize their sacrifices and thank them for their commitment to our collective well-being.
As we reflect on September 11th, let’s not give our enemies the satisfaction of dwelling on the tremendous loss of life. Instead, we should honor the brave men and women who witnessed this attack and responded with courage and gave everything for us. We need to welcome them home, and show our deepest gratitude as they reintegrate back into the communities they risked so much to protect.
To the veterans who have served after 9/11, and to the families at home who stood by their sides: Thank you for your service.
Registration OPEN for
NDVS / National Guard September Workshop
Join us for a Military and Veterans Advocate Volunteer Workshop! Hosted by the State of Nevada, the workshop is open to all veteran and military supporters, National Guard volunteers and leadership. REGISTER HERE.
Attendees will improve their understanding of programs and techniques that can help military, veterans, and family members prepare for the challenges of today—and for the challenges of tomorrow. Any attendee may also choose to take classes leading to certification as a Nevada Veterans Advocate or a Nevada Veterans Service Officer. Read More.
Governor Sandoval Recognizes James Babb as
August Veteran of the Month.
Governor Brian Sandoval presented Mr. Babb with the Veteran of the Month certificate as well as a Governor's Coin for his service to veterans in the Fallon community. “I talk about the Nevada family and how we take of one another,” said Governor Sandoval. “James is a perfect example of that by taking care of fellow veterans as well as serving in his community.” Read More.
Always Lost Exhibit Visits
Douglas County at Minden Inn
Nevada The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) has joined with Western Nevada College arts and humanities exhibition “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” organizers to bring the unique war memorial to Nevada communities. As part of Nevada’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration, the exhibit will continue its Nevada tour in Douglas County at the Minden Inn.
The exhibit will be on display Friday, August 25 - September 12. Read More.
Always Lost Exhibit Goes To Las Vegas In September
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) and the Western Nevada College arts and humanities exhibition “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” organizers continue to bring the unique war memorial to Nevada communities. As part of Nevada’s 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration, the exhibit will visit the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas, located at the Springs Reserve September 27 - October 27. Read More.
Governor Sandoval Recognizes Celia Ranson as
Veteran of the Month.
Governor Brian Sandoval recognized Celia Ranson as Nevada’s July 2014 Veteran of the Month along with friends, family and veteran community leaders during a presentation at the State Capitol Thursday, July 17.
“I have always had a profound respect for veterans and those who continue to serve veterans in our state,” said Governor Sandoval. “For me, what Celia has given to our country and continues to give to our communities, I thank you on behalf of everyone in Nevada.” Read More.
NDVS Continues License Plate Involvement
The "Pick Your Plate" advertising campaign was launched in June to raise awareness and encourage more veterans to switch over to a veteran license plate for their vehicles. The DMV has twenty-one various of plates for veterans and family members which can be viewed on the DMV veteran license plate page. The campaign was launched to increase participation in the veterans plates which a portion of the purchase funds the Veteran Gift Account. The gift account is used by the NDVS to fund veteran outreach efforts and programs throughout the state which benefit veterans and family members. The ad campaign was seen in print and digital versions inElko, Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City and some rural communities. "With nearly 300,000 veterans in the state, there are currently only 10% which are currently using Nevada veteran plates," says Kat Miller, Director of NDVS. "That leaves room for a lot of veterans to take part as these plates can be put on anything a veteran drives or pulls and as these plates help our veteran outreach efforts, its a great way to assist other veterans simply by switching over." Veterans can view the plate options on the DMV site, but will have to visit a nearby office in order to switch over.
Free Legal Consultations Offered in Southern Nevada
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada will is offering dates for free consultations to veterans through their Veterans Ask-A-Lawyer Program. The Center's staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys will provide FREE 15-minute consultations to veterans in all areas of law.
Consultations dates are available by clicking here.
President signs Executive Order to increase student loans
Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will automatically apply a 6% interest rate cap to eligible federal student loan borrowers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act without the need for additional paperwork.
In October 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published The Next Front, a report that identified troubling trends regarding student loan borrowers having trouble accessing their SCRA rights. We shared the consumer complaints featured in the report with the Department of Justice, which led to the recent settlement against Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan servicer. The settlement required Sallie Mae to proactively determine which of its borrowers were eligible for the 6% interest rate reduction, and apply the rate cap without the need for borrowers to submit a request or military orders. Read More.
Women Veterans Wellness event returns to Reno
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) announces the Women Veterans Event for Reno and Sparks, to be held June 14 at Renown Regional Medical Center. The event is designed to educate women of different generations about wellness, education and employment and will offer information through a variety of classes. Register.
Memorial Day Events Held Throughout Nevada
Governor Brian Sandoval attended the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery Services in Boulder City where hundreds gathered to remember those who served to protect the freedoms of all Americans. Director of Nevada Department of Veterans Services hosted the ceremonies at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery where Nevadans gathered there to also pay tribute to the service men and women. Each of the ceremonies are conducted each year with assistance from veterans organizations from around the state. To see images from the ceremonies, click here.
Northern Nevada Veterans Home "room test" Scheduled
The Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) will test the first room design for the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home (NNSVH) project on May 8, 2014. The room test will be conducted at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City beginning at 9am with an actual room setup where the public and residents will be able to test room features for the proposed NNSVH. More.
Governor Sandoval Proclaims 2014
as the Year of the Veteran
In a proclamation by Governor Sandoval, the state will recognize 2014 as the year of the Veteran. “The Governor has stated clearly it is our goal to make Nevada the most veteran friendly state in the country,” says Kat Miller, Director NDVS. “That is evident in his support and of veterans issues and advancing efforts to create more accessibility state wide for veterans and their families.” You can read the proclamation here, or see view a copy on the Governor’s website.
Nevada Office of Veterans Services - Serving Those Who Have Served Us
For over 65 years we have been dedicated to helping Nevada veterans get the services, benefits and quality of life they deserve. With approximately 330,000 veterans living in our state, they rely on us to not only understand their lives, but to help them get a better quality of life. We do everything we can to show our American Heroes the Same amount of respect, empathy, gratitude and service that they have shown us.
At the Nevada Department of Veteran Services we focus on being advocates for veteran benefits. Throughout the State of Nevada, we offer a variety of services and benefits. Our Nevada State Veterans Home is located in Boulder City, Nevada and provides a home with specialized care, compassion and assistance. We also offer burial services with military honors at our memorial cemeteries located in both Northern and Southern Nevada. At the Nevada Department of Veterans Services we care about providing Nevada veterans and their families with services and benefits for a better life.
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