A Statement from the Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families

The Howard County Commission for Veterans and Military Families has a keen interest in ensuring racial justice and equality for our veterans, their families, and for all citizens. Consistent with our stated mission, the Commission is committed to helping this country heal its wounds and work toward ensuring that America does not fall into further chaos at this time in our history.

The Commission consists of thirteen members appointed by the County Executive (both the current and the former county executive) and confirmed by the County Council. The Commission is diverse in race, age, knowledge, experience, and talent. The majority of the commissioners served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States defending this nation at home and abroad, during peacetime and during wartime. Several commissioners are veterans of combat operations and two black commissioners were wounded in combat. Two of our commissioners have served as police officers beyond their military service, and all of our African American commissioners, along with other members of minority ethnic groups, report that in their careers they were aware of or personally experienced discrimination and disparities while serving in the United States Armed Forces, and in their years following their separation from the military.

The Commission wants the community to know that we expect fair and equal treatment for our veterans, their families, and all citizens. We support and need our police, and we believe that the vast majority of police officers exercise their duties fairly and without bias. The Commission condemns police violence, overt or subtle discrimination against all minorities, and longstanding systemic discrimination. The Commission supports the right to protest peacefully and condemns violent protests. The Commission prides itself on its record of providing support and assistance to Howard County’s veterans and their families, and it is c