The national calendar of  events marks November 10th as the celebration of the birth of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and on it's heels the very next day, November 11th, is Veterans' Day, celebrated nationwide to remember the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Regions across the country will hold parades and ceremonies to honor these Veterans. 

The innovations and projects going on each day to help improve the lives and care of the American public are also being streamlined and focused to enhance the health and welfare of Veterans. Recently, the United States Department of  Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the winners of its 2010 Industry Innovation Competition. The awards went to 13 projects and the competition, now in its second year, is open to nonprofits, colleges, and private companies.
Expanding access to healthcare for Veterans' is another key point that the VA has taken steps to address. The increase in VA hospital buildings and replacement and renovation of existing healthcare sites has taken a front seat. The psychosomatic care of those who were and are in the military is of great importance, especially as more troops arrive back from the frontlines. 
Through technology, construction, hospital design, rehabilitation, housing, healthcare staff, or the many other professions dedicated to helping those who served, somehow and in someway civilians and Veterans show their gratitute to those who served this country. Improving the quality of life for Veterans should not be an afterthought.
So take a moment today and tomorrow to recognize the men and women of the Armed Forces.