America's Unions Honor the Legacy of Veterans and Active Service Members

U.S. military service and unionism go hand-in-hand—and always have. Working people stormed the beaches of Normandy, waded the rivers of Southeast Asia and planted dusty boots on the deserts of the Middle East.

Previous generations of veterans returned from service and started careers in manufacturing, construction and public service. They went from defending America to building America—and continued to build our country and our unions.

Over 2 million union members and retirees are veterans—the heart and the backbone of America and of the AFL-CIO.

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So on this day and every day, the AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council would like to recognize our members and retirees who have proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Wherever and whenever you served, we would like to say, “Welcome home, brothers and sisters.”

by Jimmy Gilbert, Director of the Unions Veterans Council.