By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. Henney Hodgkins
Throughout the month of October, we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) – a time to recognize the skills and talents that workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces.
This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” It reminds us that all members of the workforce can offer unique and valuable talents and perspectives, and we are stronger when we utilize and empower all of our teammates.
This observance first began in 1945, when our nation was engaged in World War II and Congress began to remove barriers for disabled workers.
It was acknowledged that every member of society had an important role to play and that a diverse workforce is an effective workforce. We still believe this today, and we are committed to delivering on the promise of fostering an inclusive environment by raising awareness and providing equal employment opportunities to those who are disabled.
At Fort Leonard Wood, we are proud to honor these individuals who work hard to accomplish our missions every day.
Thank you for all you do. We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Hodgkins is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood interim command sergeant major.)