School of Nursing

November 9, 2017

Thank you, Veterans

Azita Emami

Democracy requires constant maintenance, and occasional defense. From the time this country was founded, people from all walks of life have served in order to both maintain and defend the values and ideals on which the country was founded. Hundreds of thousands have given their lives; millions have given of themselves. We owe each of these people a debt of gratitude, and recognition of the fact that without their service America would be a very different place.

Veterans Day is Saturday. I hope you will take a moment from your day not only on Saturday but every day to consider the sacrifices made by so many. These sacrifices can be honored by each of us with an unwavering commitment to the ideals our veterans sought to uphold — that all people are created equal, and that all do have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not abstract concepts — they are what veterans have fought and in some cases died for. In seeking greater social and economic equity, we honor those who served.

If you are a service veteran, I thank you, as do millions of others.

In addition to taking a moment every day to consider all that veterans have done, I encourage you to attend the Women Veteran Leadership Panel this evening. The panel includes School of Nursing alumna Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award. Details can be found on UW’s Veterans Appreciate website.

I also encourage you to take a few minutes to read a story about one of our DNP students, Josh Snavely, a U.S. Navy veteran.