A message from Secretary Wilkie remembering September 11th



Seventeen years ago, we witnessed the destruction of the World Trade Center; the devastating attack on the Pentagon; and we mourned lives lost in a Pennsylvania field.

Today, it is still difficult to see those tragic images without feeling anger. Since then, we proved our mettle as a Nation and reminded the world of General Eisenhower‚a warning that the most formidable fighting force on the planet is a democracy aroused. Despite the loss, we remain free, confident, and the beacon of hope for the entire world. Since that day in 2001, millions of young men and women have joined our Armed Forces.

Their response to the attacks was typically American‚they saw their duty and selflessly put their lives on the line.

They represent the best of us and proudly carry the torch lit on revolutionary fields so long ago. We, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, are grateful for and to them. We are proud of our own VA colleagues who were serving on that day and those who have sacrificed since the attack. You make American great. On this anniversary, we remember those lost on that day in 2001, and honor all who gave the last full measure in the years since. We remain resolute in our commitment to the principles that have preserved the American way of life for almost 250 years. Thank you for what you do for Veterans and their families each day, and may God continue to bless our great Nation.

 

Author

Robert Wilkie

The Honorable Robert L. Wilkie was sworn in to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on July 30, 2018. He also served as the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs from March 28, 2018 to May 29, 2018.

Before confirmation as VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served Secretary James Mattis as his Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness—the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.

Comments

  1. William Purdy    

    Where does the veteran turn with nobody will believe him and they believe people that’s lying on him and I know the truth I have heard it I know who’s telling the truth it’s him and nobody will listen to him who do they turn to they took away his voucher throwing him back into a homeless shelter which he says he’s not going back into he says he would rather be dead I’m trying to save my friend who do I turn to he’s talk to HUD to the oig do the whistleblowers of America to the house Commission on Veterans Affairs nobody wants to hear the truth I’ve heard it

  2. John Fedyna    

    Please tell me how to reach Sec. Wilkie to present him with a new Invention which will transform our Veterans in to transitional comforts the likes which had not been invented to date.
    Please call John Fedyna (redacted) for explanation.

    OR WILL THIS JUST DIE IN THE SWAMP??

  3. PAUL TENENBAUM    

    YES………….I ALSO WOULD LIKE THE EMAIL ADDRESS. FORMER V.A. SECRETARY MACDONALD MADE CERTAIN THAT ALL VETERANS KNEW HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM.
    HE SHOULD BE LAUDED AND NOT FORGOTTEN. HE WAS FOR ALL VETERANS. A FEW DAYS AFTER HE BEGAN
    HIS JOB BE FLEW TO L.A BECAUSE OF THE MANY HOMELESS VETERANS AND PROCEEDED TO CORRECT
    THEIR LIVES. MAN OF A CTION

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