US General Services Administration and Department of Interior Honor Veterans
A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice.
DENVER, CO - Today, the US General Services Administration and Department of Interior delivered a Veterans Day event to campus employees and the surrounding Lakewood, Colo., community at the Denver Federal Center in the E.E. Fryar US Army Reserve Center. The event honored America's veterans for their patriotism and sacrifice in light of Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
“Prior to my military service, Veterans Day was just another holiday. A time spent with family or taking advantage of a sale at the mall,” said Keynote Speaker and retired Master Sergeant Troy R. Inabinet in his speech at the event. “After 24 years of service, this holiday is part of who I am. A day of honoring those who have given Americans the rights and freedoms we all have come to enjoy."
Veteran work is an important resource for GSA and the federal, state and local governments. GSA has more than 2,500 veterans working throughout the agency, 70 of them work in the Rocky Mountain Region. GSA not only employs many veterans but its Small Business Utilization Center focuses on providing veteran-owned businesses with business opportunities. Out of nearly $95 million agency small business dollars, GSA Rocky Mountain Region awarded more than $16.5 million dollars of that to veteran-owned businesses in FY'13, far exceeding the three percent statutory goal.
“Veterans have acquired a wealth of knowledge, skills, and competencies through practical workforce experience,” said Susan Damour, GSA Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator. “They bring to us a unique sense of leadership and teamwork; and they understand the commitment to achieving organizational goals and objectives.”
Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter also honored veterans during the ceremony. “Veterans Day is a time to honor the service and dedication of those who defended our country and our freedom,” said Perlmutter. “We are a great nation made of of courageous people willing to sacrifice for our country. They prove we can do anything when we work together for our communities. I am proud of these men and women, of my country, and the determination of all those who continue to risk their lives and stand strong for us each and every day.”
While our service men and women make up less than one percent of Americans, they also represent more than one million military spouses and two million children and millions more parents and relatives -- all of whom have shared the strains of deployment and sacrifice.
GSA, DOI, and the Denver Federal Center extend deep appreciation for the sacrifice that veterans have made and thanks for their continued leadership in government.