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November 11, 2022

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2022 – The American Bar Association joins a grateful nation on this Veterans Day to honor those who have served their country. The selfless service of veterans has helped keep us safe and protected the rule of law around the world.

Many of us have served proudly ourselves or had friends and family who answered the call of duty. Today I am especially appreciative of the service of my father-in-law, Lt. Col. Washington Dubois Ross, who fought with the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II as a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

The ABA works every day to support veterans. Since 2007, the ABA has established more than 10 ongoing initiatives to expand legal services for military personnel and veterans, now consolidated in the ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center. This year the center has awarded $100,000 in grants to three veterans assistance organizations in California. Among other ventures, the ABA also is the largest provider of technical assistance to veteran treatment courts.

Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to remember and appreciate the sacrifice veterans and their families have made for our country. Let us continue to search every day for ways we can repay them for their service.

 The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.