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Expect, employ, empower

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy
Special to GUIDON

Service members, leaders, civilians, Families and teammates:

October is filled with celebrations, festivals, and community events — from small local events to those with worldwide recognition, such as Oktoberfest.

The month is also a time we recognize the contributions of individuals who have disabilities that affect their lives daily.  

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month is sponsored by the United States  Department of Labor.

This year’s theme is:  “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and honors the many diverse contributions of American workers with  disabilities.

NDEAM traces its history to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”  

In 1962, the word “physically” was deleted to acknowledge…     Read More...