AFMC CC honors veterans, family members
By Gen. Donald J. Hoffman, Air Force Materiel Command
/ Published November 04, 2009
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio --
On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served in our nation's armed forces, as well as those who continue to serve.
This being the Year of the Air Force Family, it's also appropriate that we acknowledge not only the service and sacrifices of our military veterans, but those of their family members as well.
Deployments are tough on family members, multiple deployments more so. Veterans returning from hostile environments sometimes find it difficult to re-enter their families, a situation that causes family members heartache and tests their capacity for patience and understanding. Family members of veterans who come home wounded or disabled must adapt to permanent changes and sometimes permanent sacrifices. Children may find a parent veteran isn't fully present to them for a time ... or for good.
The Air Force, as well as our sister services, are committed to helping family members cope with the emotional hardships that often accompany a veteran's service. We've gotten a lot better at it over the last 40 years. Something we call the Integrated Delivery System brings together all the resources devoted to physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness to better serve the needs of all members of Air Force families.