The Army announced Oct. 10 it exceeded its Fiscal Year 2008 goal by recruiting more than 169,500 men and women in all Army components.
70,000 Care Packages for Troops
Though Halloween still is about two weeks away, preparations have begun to make sure Operation Gratitude’s 6th Annual Holiday Drive ships 70,000 care packages to troops during the upcoming holiday season.
Bush Signs Fiscal 2009 Defense Budget
President Bush signed the fiscal 2009 defense budget into law today, authorizing a $512 billion base to support military readiness, as well as $66 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Defense Department is a strong supporter of the federally managed AbilityOne program, which works with private and public groups to provide goods and services to the government and jobs for the blind and other people who have severe disabilities, including wounded veterans.
The Defense Department, in conjunction with the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, has created a framework to help wounded, ill and injured servicemembers not only survive, but also thrive as they transition from military service back into their communities.
Soldiers’ Emotional, Mental Fitness
The Army has launched an initiative to include soldiers’ mental and emotional fitness, along with their physical form, as a comprehensive assessment of troop health. “Being ‘Army Strong’ is, in fact, being more than just physically fit."
Military Olympians and Paralympians visited the Pentagon today and expressed their gratitude for the Defense Department’s support and partnership.