Hear from our Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee
“We have a common objective—to live and survive among each other.”
— Staff Sergeant Charles Eggleston,
U.S. Army (Ret.) REI Committee Co-Chair
THE "WHY" Behind OUR REI Initiative
Service members and their families are not immune to the effects of racism while they serve. Their voices have not always been heard or supported in the past.
We believe we can be part of positive change. Therefore, through the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative, we are proactively addressing the inequities in the service experiences of military families of color, and are working to increase their sense of belonging in communities worldwide.
To root the Racial Equity and Inclusion Initiative in strong leadership, we enlisted the support of an extraordinary group of leaders and trusted advisors — men and women who have experienced life in a military-connected family, and who have important perspectives to share.
How It Works
Five Impact Areas of REI
"I work full time. I am a Black mother of two Black boys, and my husband is an active-duty officer. We will move again in less than a month to a new neighborhood, and I am more fearful now than ever about whether the neighborhood will accept my boys and my family."
— A Black Military Spouse