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Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Observes Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, our Nation unites in remembrance of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. Those who have fallen in defense of our country have earned an honor that must be recognized by both our words and our deeds.

At the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, we have a deep and abiding commitment to protecting the civil rights of all servicemembers, veterans, and their families. We investigate potential violations of federal law and bring lawsuits to protect the employment, disability, voting, and financial rights of servicemembers and their families. In addition, our Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative works every day to ensure that servicemembers, veterans, and their families receive the full benefit of the laws designed to protect them, through outreach, policy development, and interagency coordination. On this Memorial Day, the Civil Rights Division commits to continuing this important work. 

To learn more about the Civil Rights Division’s work in support of the military community, please visit

Updated May 31, 2021

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