FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 11, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Honors Veterans, Speaks at World War I Memorial in Kansas City
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander spoke at the national World War I Memorial in Kansas City today to honor fellow veterans in observance of Veterans Day. Kander, who served in Afghanistan, spoke of his family’s history of military service, and the importance of veterans continuing to serve in their communities after returning to civilian life.
An excerpt of Kander’s prepared remarks appears below:
…To me, this day celebrates more than service during war. It is also a celebration of the contribution made by our country’s veterans after the war is over. The recognition that we are all a family—one that must move forward together—that spirit has made American communities stronger for over 200 years. For generations, veterans have been leaders in their communities. Our nation’s greatness is as much about veterans post-war service as it is about our time in uniform...
…Whether you served in Kabul, Khe-Sanh or Korea, all of us must continue to serve our communities. Just as we are all family, all inextricably linked to one another, our linkage to our country continues forever. I thank you for being here today, and I ask you to continue to find ways to bring your wisdom and your skills to bare for your fellow Americans. I thank you for your service—both then . . . and now.
Kander enlisted in the Army National Guard after September 11th, 2001, and served in an infantry unit. While a law student at Georgetown University, he successfully pursued his commission as a Military Intelligence Officer in the Army Reserve, and volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in 2006. After his deployment, Kander was assigned as a combat leadership instructor in the Missouri Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School at Fort Leonard Wood.
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