Dear USVCC Community,

As the country is opening up again and life is getting back to normal, we prepare to celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States. This year’s celebration has even more meaning as we emerge from the devastating effects of COVID-19 over the last 18 months. Families will reunite and spend time together again, parades will be held in person, fireworks displays will light up the skies, and we will watch in awe as Joey Chestnut attempts to claim his 14th win at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.   

Throughout this country’s history, the 4th of July has stood as a reminder to all Americans, in all walks of life, what a united nation can accomplish. Together we continue to write our nation’s history with the determination of forward movement and the goal of building a better life for the next generation. The USVCC hopes to contribute to our nation’s improvement by continuing to support the Veteran community through suit drives, food insecurity programs, career and education fairs, and support of adaptive sports among other events and activities. 

July is also National Hire-a-Veteran Month. Based on 2021 Dept. of Veteran Affairs data, there are roughly 19 million Veterans in America today. Although this number represents less than 10% of the total adult population, the Veteran population represents one of the most diverse and dynamic demographics in America today. Thus, USVCC is committed to hosting an ongoing series of career and education fairs to assist in connecting the Veteran population to verified employers and educational opportunities. 

Lastly, Team USA heads to Tokyo to compete in the 2020 Summer Paralympics. These great men and women represent the very best of American Paralympic athletes in their respective sports, demonstrating to the world the determination, resilience and strength of the human spirit, mind and body.

Best regards,

The USVCC Team