Each year, we pause on Veterans Day to recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. America’s brave military men and women, past and present, represent the very best of us. Their courage, love of country, and willingness to serve are ideals to which we should all aspire.
For the Military Health System, it’s also a reminder of the trust that has been placed in each of us to deliver a level of care that they deserve and have earned. We have the unique privilege of honoring their legacies not just one day, but every day—and throughout their lives.
Caring for our nation’s veterans is a role in which I’ve always taken a great deal of pride. It’s a sacred responsibility, and one in which the MHS continues to make a measurable and lasting impact.
This is also a day to recognize military families. The family members of the MHS are every bit as vital to meeting our readiness and national security mission. They, too, have served and sacrificed, and have earned our care and support when they need it.
Finally, to my veteran colleagues, thank you!
Your leadership and experience are essential to continuing to move the MHS forward. You strengthen our work with a perspective few can provide. I learn from you and am inspired by your example every day.
Wherever you find yourself this Veterans Day, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on those we’ve lost, those still with us, and of course those who are within our care.
Our obligation to our service members and their families doesn’t end when they’re out of uniform. And our mission affords us a tremendous opportunity to give back and provide the post-service support these heroes deserve.
Happy Veterans Day! And thank you for your service.
Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense – Health Affairs
Department of Defense