The New Veteran’s Creed

I am an American Veteran.

A collective of eleven prominent veterans’ organizations have announced the establishment of a new Veteran’s Creed. Retired General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the Army and one of the driving forces behind the creed’s creation, explained that “it can serve as a unifying concept to remind veterans of the value of their military service, to inspire veterans to continue to serve and lead at local, state, and national levels, and to push them to continue to excel.”

According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, “The Creed is the result of extensive discussions and consultations among [a] group that began last fall at Georgetown University… Each element of the Creed is rooted in shared military tenets, the missions of participating veterans and military service organizations, and in the altruistic ethos of veterans themselves. It is also meant to remind Americans that the principles and values veterans learned in the military – integrity, leadership, teamwork, selfless service – can greatly benefit our country.”

The announcement of the Veteran’s Creed (presented publicly during a Flag Day event in Washington, D.C.) has been met with mostly positive and celebratory reactions. It reads as follows:

The Veteran’s Creed

1 — I am an American Veteran

2 — I proudly served my country

3 — I live the values I learned in the military

4 — I continue to serve my community, my country and my fellow veterans

5 — I maintain my physical and mental discipline

6 — I continue to lead and improve

7 — I make a difference

8 — I honor and remember my fallen comrades

The participating organizations are the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, HillVets, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Reserve Officers Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project, Team Rubicon Global, and the Student Veterans of America.

I think the Veteran’s Creed is a fantastic idea and has been well-executed. What are your thoughts? Is there anything you would add or remove? How does it compare to your branch’s creed? Let us know in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

As an added bonus, read below for some of the armed forces’ most famous creeds:

The Solider’s Creed

I am an American Solider.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live in the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.

Rifleman’s Creed

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…

My rifle and I know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

The Airman’s Creed

I am an American Airman.

I am a Warrior.

I have answered my Nation’s call.

I am an American Airman.

My mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win.

I am faithful to a Proud Heritage,

A Tradition of Honor,

And a Legacy of Valor.

I am an American Airman.

Guardian of Freedom and Justice,

My Nation’s Sword and Shield,

Its Sentry and Avenger.

I defend my Country with my Life.

I am an American Airman.

Wingman, Leader, Warrior.

I will never leave an Airman behind,

I will never falter,

And I will not fail.

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