No. 006-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              April 27, 1999                         (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


As our country prepares for the potential of a ground war in the Balkans, we, as a nation, must focus on the young service members who have been deployed and stand ready to accomplish their mission. 

Vietnam Veterans of America National President George C. Duggins in a message to veterans stated, "Let us put aside all distractions and focus upon what is important.  We, as Vietnam veterans, know the importance of a supportive nation.  Let us keep our thoughts with those young men and women who volunteered to stand ready to defend the ideals that our country represents...freedom, democracy and world peace." 

"In our communities nationwide, let us support the families of these service members: the parents, the spouses, the children, the sisters and brothers, as they brace for the unknown and prepare for the potential of war," Duggins said. 

Duggins continued, "And should that potential of war be realized, let us not forget that war is not an academic exercise.  We, as a nation, are obliged to fully support these young service members in their mission from beginning to end.  Furthermore, and just as importantly, our obligation to those who have been taken as prisoners of war must be addressed.  With their safe return, we must focus our attention towards the prompt care and full treatment of the physically injured and medically distressed.  Vietnam Veterans of America urges the President and Congress to recognize these needs and ensure that adequate funding be made available when our veterans return home." 

"Vietnam Veterans of America's founding principle, ‘Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,' demands that we stand in support of all America's veterans without regard to the circumstance of their service, whether it be in peace time or war," Duggins said. 

Duggins continued, "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget currently falls $3.2 billion short of what is needed to properly function, and provide adequate care for veterans currently in the VA system.  We must all be aware of the additional demands on services with the return of the newest wave of veterans from Kosovo wounded in service to America." 

"Therefore, It is the responsibility of America's veterans to ensure that our sons and daughters, who now serve proudly, are not confronted with the same challenges we faced when we returned from our service to the nation," Duggins concluded. 

VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158.  Visit VVA's website at: http// 


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