Image description: From the National Archives:
Silhouetted in the golden glory of a Pacific sunrise, crosses mark the graves of American boys who gave their lives to win a small atoll on the road to the Philippines. A Coast Guardsman stands in silent reverence beside the resting place of a comrade. 1944
Image description: Afghan Air Force 2nd Lt. Niloofar Rhmani walks the flightline at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan prior to her graduation from undergraduate pilot training May 13, 2013. Rhmani made history May 14, 2013 when she became the first female to successfully complete undergraduate pilot training and earn the status of pilot in more than 30 years. She will continue her service as she joins the Kabul Air Wing as a Cessna 208 pilot.
Learn more about Rhmani from the U.S. Air Force.
Image description: The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is the worlds largest learn-to-ski, adaptive winter sports rehabilitative event for U.S. military service veterans.
The clinic’s purpose is to motivate veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological problems and other disabilities to live life to the fullest. The clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled American Veterans took place in Snowmass, Colo. from March 31 - April 5.
Photo from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Image description: Wilbur, a U.S. Marine Corps military working dog with a Marine special operations team, takes a break with his handler after successfully searching a build site for an Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint. The ALP complemented counterinsurgency efforts by assisting and supporting rural areas with a limited Afghan National Security Forces presence.
Photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, U.S. Department of Defense
May honors all members of the United States Military as part of Military Appreciation Month. The national observance is a special time to thank and honor our troops, veterans and their families for their dedication to protecting our country.
This year’s theme of the month-long observance is “The United States Armed Forces: The Strength of the Red, White and Blue.”
Find ways you can support members of our military and learn more about events near you.