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Veterans and Military Families

National service comes in many shapes and sizes. Tens of thousands of men and women answer the call to join the Armed Forces each year, and quickly find themselves inundated with the unique demands and expectations of their respective military branches. Many others choose to serve via Peace Corps or AmeriCorps programs, which offer their own unique challenges, not dissimilar from the military. I have had the unique experience of serving in both and have come to believe in the value of both.

He spent 10 years stationed in Fort Bragg, NC; two years in Italy; and more than one year in Iraq. Now his service continues here, on the homefront, as he helps save lives and rebuild communities.

A construction project in the shadow of the Washington Monument brought 40 AmeriCorps and VISTA national service members to Washington, DC, to assemble frames for new Habitat for Humanity homes during the 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall June 2-5.

As an Iraq War veteran, I am honored to work at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). We are home to more than 70,000 AmeriCorps members, whom we are celebrating as part of AmeriCorps Week.

After defending our country in locations all around the world, many veterans find more battles await
them when they return home. A new initiative was announced today to support and ease the
reintegration of returning service members, veterans, and their families as they search for jobs and
support services.

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.

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

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.

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."

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