National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Anthony M. Kurta
Performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)

Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) joins the nation in commemoration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) during the month of October.

This year’s NDEAM theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

The theme underscores the value of inclusion of different perspectives and diverse abilities in the success of the total workforce.

At the DoD, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the strength and readiness of our personnel.

We proudly acknowledge that unique and diverse abilities are vital to Total Force effectiveness.

Individuals with disabilities have served and continue to serve valiantly as DoD civilians and members of our armed dorces.

Their exceptional abilities have driven DoD innovation in every capacity—to include science, technology, medicine, and beyond. These individuals are integral to mission success and their perspectives and abilities are essential to modernization of the force.

DoD honors and recognizes these patriotic individuals for their dedicated service and sacrifice.

The department remains committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining individuals with disabilities to ensure a diverse and inclusive Total Force.

I encourage DoD personnel to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month as we recognize the achievements and contributions of Americans with disabilities and celebrate the diversity of the DoD Total Force.

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