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Chairman Recognizes National Military Appreciation Month

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2009 – America’s gratitude inspires the members of its armed forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a message he issued to commemorate May as National Military Appreciation Month.

Here is Navy Adm. Mike Mullen’s message:

“Despite the challenges of two wars and numerous other engagements around the globe, America’s military is stronger than ever. Our military is strong because our Nation stands behind them. Whether they are your neighbors, friends, or family members, all make life-changing sacrifices, and all are worthy of our eternal thanks.

“Gratitude from an appreciative Nation – not just during this month, but always – inspires courage and peace of mind for those whose charge it is to keep the peace. Remembering those who sacrificed everything – as well as their families – and continuing to thank and support our veterans and wounded warriors is crucial to the health of our Armed Forces, and truly, essential to the health of our Nation.

“Throughout this month of May, please take time to thank all those in each Service branch, the National Guard, and Reserves, as well as Defense civilians, retirees, veterans, and their families. They are making a difference – and so can you.

“The Joint Chiefs and I are proud to salute the men, women and families of America’s Armed Forces – this month, as well as every day of the year.”

Sincerely,

M.G. MULLEN

Admiral, U.S. Navy

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