Good Day everyone – as we continue to focus on Ready Forces, Partnerships, and People
we also need to celebrate and remember on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month this year marks one hundred years since the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. So much has changed for our military and our nation since your Colorado Guard was deployed to the Meuse Argonne region of France. But, one thing hasn’t changed, the dedication of our brave service members. Nearly every unit of the Colorado National Guard was activated within four months of the United States entered the war. At the height of the war, all 4500 Colorado Citizen-Soldiers were mobilized
as part of the fight for Freedom. With more than four-hundred-thousand veterans,
Colorado is a veteran-friendly state with a very bright future. Just this year, Colorado saw the opening of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora; a one point two million square feet state-of-the-art facility
to care for veterans from across the region. We also broke ground on the Western Region One Source in Grand Junction. This facility, when completed next year, will connect military members, veterans and their families, on the western slope, with the benefits they’ve earned and deserve. This is a much needed resource, and it will save those veteran families so much time and money, which they used to spend coming to the Front Range for assistance. This year, the Colorado National Guard deployed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Asia, for global operations and exercises. 2019 will be even busier. In the National Guard, we know that service is more than overseas deployments. While in Colorado, you saved lives, eased suffering, and
supported responders during wildfire operations, you deployed to support other states and Puerto Rico for Hurricane relief, you trained with our partners during exercises, and you connected our communities to their military through nearly two-hundred community outreach events. What you do for our state and nation is nothing short of amazing.
But, equally important is what our state and nation does to support you. Veteran suicide and mental healthcare matters continue to impact our force
and the many veterans using VA services. Our Division of Veterans Affairs and our partners continue to help Colorado veterans
and their families to get the resources they need. The key to helping our members and veterans
is breaking the stigma associated with seeking help. Trust in your team, in your battle buddy or wingman, your family, your neighbor.
Trust that they will help you. When given the opportunity to help, help.
Be strong and escort them. If you think there’s a problem, ask them. Veterans embody the values of America – all of America. Swearing to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic
is the greatest commitment an American can make. You are what our nation needs now more than ever.
You serve in a diverse environment where everyone is valued. Be the leader who recognizes that the oath you took
was to enable everyone to reach their potential. We Value You. We need you. Our nation needs you Continue to deliver Ready Forces, Strengthen our Partnerships, and Taking Care of People. Happy Veterans Day!