President Trump proclaimed today, November 11, 2017, as Veterans Day – honoring all Americans who have served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day, as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.
Working now in the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration is something I see as a continuation of my service in the military. Just like in the Army, my job is to tell the stories of the work my colleagues do through assisting U.S. exporters and attracting foreign direct investment.
Broadband can play an essential role in supporting veterans by providing access to services and helping them to establish a stable and fulfilling civilian life. As we honor our veterans this week, we take seriously our responsibility to ensure their seamless transition civilian life and recognize that it’s critical to that all veterans have access to broadband.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) recently honored minority-owned businesses in Detroit during Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. At this year’s event, they launched a new award honoring the Minority Veteran-Owned Firm of the Year – which was bestowed upon Army veteran Bede Ramcharan, President & CEO of Indatatech, of San Antonio, Texas.