LULAC Salutes Latino Veterans

November 11, 2010

Contact: Lizette Jenness Olmos, (202) 833-6130 ext. 16

LULAC honors our Veterans for their Service and Sacrifice

Washington, DC – Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, salutes Latino veterans.

To express gratitude to our veterans, LULAC collaborated with the American GI Forum and federal agencies to hold the 4th Annual LULAC Veterans Summit in Los Angeles last December. Keynote speakers included John U. Sepulveda, Assistant Secretary, Office of Human Resources and Administration and Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I am personally touched by all the veterans I have interacted with and their stories of honor and bravery,” said Margaret Moran, LULAC’s National President. “I am also moved by the personal sacrifice of military families and humbled by the patriotism of those they support, our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines. I want to encourage all of you to reach out and support our troops. Let them know you appreciate all that they do.”

House Resolution 1651 includes the fact that 149,411 Latinos are currently serving as active duty members in the United States Armed Services. According to the most recently available figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, over 1.1 million Latinos are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. There are 23 million surviving veterans in the United States.

Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor our veterans for their service. LULAC would like to honor the servicemen and women who have risked and sacrificed so much for our country. Although Veterans Day comes around once a year, we are conscious of our veterans year-round and truly grateful to them for their service.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 880 LULAC councils nationwide.

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