As our membership and many U.S. workers celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends this weekend, I ask that we all take a moment and give thanks to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have given their lives for the freedoms we share in this country.
For more than a century, the Teamsters have seen some of our union brothers and sisters go off to war and not come home. We also know that many of our members have lost family and friends in such conflicts as well. The Teamsters are humbled by the sacrifice made by all these soldiers, and we wish those affected by their loss comfort and peace.
The Teamsters honor the spirit of those who gave their lives for our country by trying to give back to veterans. Our union, through the Teamsters Military Assistance Program, helps veterans locate needed service-related disability benefits and good union jobs when they return from duty. If you are interested in the program, visit http://teamster.org/tmap to learn more.
We are forever in debt to those who have died defending America. On behalf of the entire General Executive Board and our 1.4 million members, I can assure you they will never be forgotten.
James P. Hoffa
Teamsters General President