First and foremost, I want to recognize all the MartinFederal team members who have been a part of the great brotherhood and sisterhood we call the U.S. military—our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen, and reservists. Your service and sacrifice have kept our country safe and free, and as a fellow veteran, I can honestly say I appreciate all that you have done.
Veterans Day looks a lot different this year than it has in the past. Our current state of affairs and the protective measures implemented across the country to stop the spread of COVID-19 have forced us to think creatively to ensure we stay safe while honoring our nation’s heroes.
The same was true a century ago as the world’s population was finally beginning to recover from another pandemic—the Spanish flu. For disabled World War I Army veteran Judge Robert Marx, an idea took shape during those tumultuous times that would impact the lives of countless veterans and their families for generations to come.
He had witnessed how his fellow veterans fared after returning home from the war, many seriously disabled and unable to find work or access proper medical care. He saw how few resources existed to aid those who served so honorably in the nation’s defense, and he vowed to bring about change. And, indeed, he did. Judge Marx founded the Disabled Veterans of the World War, now known as DAV, to advocate for the men and women who risked all for the sake of this country, particularly those who were injured or became ill while doing so.
This year, as we recognize Veterans Day and honor our nation’s veterans for their selfless courage, we would be remiss if we did not also take the time to celebrate Judge Marx and the legacy he left behind, which has enabled us to do the work we do for veterans still today.
MartinFederal is in the business of not giving up the fight for our veterans. We want everyone who served to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity in a safe environment. That is a mission we live day in and day out as part of the veteran community. We will not leave a brother or sister behind.
Thank you for taking the time to remember our heroes. They never gave upon us, and we can’t give up on them.
Thank you all for what you do, and have a great Veterans Day holiday!