By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
We observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and to remind ourselves of the value they bring to our workforce.
This year, we celebrate over 70 years of inclusion with the theme, “The Right Talent, Right Now,” reminding us our team is made stronger by the diverse skill sets and talents each member contributes.
Too often in our history, individuals with disabilities who were eager to work could not find a job because of red tape and assumptions about their capabilities.
In 1945, Congress recognized National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week, following the realization during World War II that every member of society plays an important role. Over the years, the observance grew and developed into NDEAM.
We remain committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all citizens. We seek to foster an inclusive environment by raising awareness that a diverse workforce is an effective workforce.
We hope you join us today at 11 a.m. at the USO Building, 805 Iowa Avenue to discuss Veterans Affairs disability benefits for service members.
For more information, please contact the Fort Leonard Wood EEO Office at 573.596.0602.
At Fort Leonard Wood, we are proud to honor these individuals whose hard work is vital to our Team of Teams. 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. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)