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As President Obama said in his proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month, behind each service member "stands a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse -- proud family members who share the weight of deployment and make profound sacrifices on behalf of our country."

The following post was originally published on the White House Blog on November 19, 2012. Arthur T.
Dean is the Chairman and CEO of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and a retired Major
General in the U.S. Army.

Around the country, December is welcomed as a month of hope and good cheer. It may be a season for
exchanging gifts, or for sharing time and resources with community members in need. For many, it
is also a time to gather together with loved ones to reminisce about cherished memories and create new
stories that will be shared in the future. Such stories preserve the legacy of a family, the history of a
generation, and perhaps most important of all, the story of a nation.

My name is Rebecca Lange and I am a proud alumna of the second class of AmeriCorps NCCC. I served
at the Central Region campus in Denver, CO, from 1995-1996, a wide-eyed high school graduate
looking for an adventure, a unique way to serve, and beyond excited to begin what I hoped to be an
awesome life.

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served our
country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. There are many ways to give back to the more
than 23 million vets who have sacrificed so much.

On Veterans Day, thousands of veterans around the country will spend their time doing what they know
how to do best: serve others selflessly.

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