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Blacks In Government Announces Outreach Initiative
With Department Of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) established an engagement outreach effort with Blacks In Government to contribute to increasing the full representation of minorities and women. DoD is energetically pursuing diversity through a magnitude of contemporary challenges and issues to achieve a high-performing, diverse workplace. This is a year-long effort with DoD supporting our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC); NOW Generation; Future Leaders in America's Government (FLAG); and Darlene Young Leadership Academy (DYLA) programs. 

Participation in, and support of workforce development and careerenhancement training are actions that contribute to increasing diversity in the workplace though outreach. Pursuing workforce diversity in DOD is paramount to securing the Nation's defense.


      Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund—BIG Giving Success


As the National President of Blacks In Government, I thank youbpersonally for your generous donations to provide ongoing relief efforts to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Blacks InGovernment in partnership with the BIG Region VI Houston Area Chapter sought funds to lend a helping hand to so many who have been negatively impacted by the devastating effect of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.   

We asked our BIG members, friends and family alike across the country to answer the call for HELP!  The goal was to reach at least $5,000 to donate to the American Red Cross for its relief efforts. BIG exceeded its goal receiving $7,383 in total contributions. 

A Special thanks to our BIG members, family, and friends for answering the call for help. You demonstrated the importance of harnessing the energy and giving spirit of our dedicated members and others to help those in need. Together we made a BIG Difference. 

                            Thank You for Thinking BIG!                                                                               ____________________________________________________

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On this Veterans Day, Blacks In Government salutes our Veterans and extend our gratitude for their service. They are our members, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers. These individuals committed to a cause larger than their own and accepted the challenge to defend our Nation.
Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they've done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service.
                            Visit http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/veterans-day/

It takes great courage for a soldier to risk life and limb for his/her country and as civilians we must honor these heroes. This is the basis of the Veterans Day celebration.
Honor these great men and women with words of appreciation.
Click the link below to hear the Bebe Winans song:
                                      The History of Veterans Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. President Woodrow Wilson honored the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."

In 1954, Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, struck out the word "Armistice" and inserted the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Between 1968 and 1975, Veterans Day was moved around on the calendar, sometimes even appearing on the last Monday of October. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.