A number of veterans continue to serve their country, this time as volunteers.
Today is the day to honor those who have served in the military.
“They don’t join the military to pass time. They join the military to protect our freedoms, to fight for us, to the end,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Spencer attended a ceremony hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts in his Capitol hearing room Tuesday to recognize veterans who have continued their serve to Americans as AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers. Both CNCS and ServeNebraska sponsored the event.
Members of the National Veteran Corps make up many of the five million Americans serving in the two groups. The ceremony in Lincoln was one of nearly 200 National Veteran Corps pin presentations across the country this November, honoring those who continue to serve the country.
Some of the services benefit veterans. Last year, national service members throughout the United States served nearly 800,000 veterans and military members in VA clinics and hospitals as well as veteran service organizations.
Spencer said veterans deserve our thanks.
“But it is really an honor to take the time this week to thank our veterans for what they do and, also, their family members,” Spencer said.
Though she said they served, not for our gratitude, but for love of country.
“But, I tell you, they do appreciate it when we take the time to say thank you.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]