By Sgt. Jose D. Lujano, Defense Media Activity
The Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a “32-star” Letter at the Pentagon, Feb. 2.
The letter challenges veterans, who have served in uniform since 9/11, to continue being leaders and becoming assets in their communities following the end of their active-duty military career.
As stated in the letter, “Over the last 13 years, you have written a new chapter in American military history while honoring the legacy of the generations of veterans, who have served before you. Their sacrifices paved the way for our welcome home— we build our legacy on their shoulders. It is appropriate to recognize them as we join their ranks.”
After the letter signing, the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford spoke to those in attendance.
“The young men and women we have coming out of the Marine Corps have such extraordinary potential,” Dunford said. “We want to encourage them to use that potential for our nation.”
The letter issues the following challenge,“ As a veteran, your country still needs your experience, intellect, and character. Even out of uniform veterans still have a role in providing for the security and sustained health of our democracy.”
Exiting Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen will be given this letter, with signatures and gratitude from these Military leaders and thanks from the Nation they served.