April 27, 1999
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA URGES NATION TO REMEMBER
SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN
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//www.vva.org.
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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's
only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated
solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's
founding principle is
"Never again will one generation of veterans