Gov. Markell lauds Nat'l Guard in weekly message
As the nation marked the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Gov. Jack Markell recognized the efforts of the Delaware National Guard in his weekly message.
Markell noted that thousands of Delawareans volunteered to help following the terrorist attacks, including many from the state’s National Guard. Earlier this month, the First State celebrated the Guard’s 360th anniversary -- and paid tribute to the men and women who have worked to protect the nation, from peacekeeping missions in the Middle East to extreme weather events right here in Delaware.
Markell also discussed efforts to support veterans at home. But he says there’s still much progress that needs to be made to reduce veteran homelessness and unemployment.
"With an estimated 280 veterans experiencing homelessness in Delaware over the course of this year, we’ve made a commitment to find homes for all of them. And as more service men and women return home from conflicts abroad, we’ll continue to partner with our business community to find them jobs," said Markell.
Earlier this year, Markell announced a plan to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year.
Full text of Gov. Markell's weekly message:
As we mark 14 years since 9/11, we are also reminded of the tremendous sacrifice and unyielding bravery of our service members in the days, months and years that followed. Thousands of Delawareans volunteered to go into harm’s way on behalf of our country following that tragic day – and this anniversary is a particularly fitting time to recognize the efforts made by the men and women of Delaware’s National Guard.
Earlier this month, we celebrated the Guard’s 360th anniversary, recognizing its deep-rooted history in Delaware, along with the men and women who have represented the First State both abroad and in domestic emergencies. From peacekeeping missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, to serving victims of floods, ice storms and hurricanes at home, the National Guard continually answers the call to serve and protect our state and our nation.
In return, we remain focused on ensuring service members and veterans receive the support and services they need to live full, productive lives. We have made great strides: supporting veteran entrepreneurship, connecting service members and veterans to employment and training, and reducing unemployment rates. But there is still more to be done. With an estimated 280 veterans experiencing homelessness in Delaware over the course of this year, we’ve made a commitment to find homes for all of them. And as more service men and women return home from conflicts abroad, we’ll continue to partner with our business community to find them jobs.
Our Guardsmen and women have fought bravely since 1655, when they guarded the first settlements near the mouth of the Christina River in Wilmington. By continuing to honor and support them, we’ll ensure our Guard is as strong as ever, and that will keep Delaware moving forward.