May 16, 2000 (301)
585-4000 Ext. 158
VETERANS OF AMERICA CALLS ON VA TO PROPERLY ADDRESS THE WOUNDS OF WAR
Vietnam Veterans of America
today joined with Representative Lane Evans (D-Ill) in responding to a GAO
report documenting that VA has failed to demonstrate it has maintained the
capacity to provide specialized services such as spinal cord injury, visually
impaired services and proper treatment for seriously and chronically ill
veterans, including those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and
other psychiatric wounds of war.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) National President
George C. Duggins said, “The specialized services provided at VA hospitals
address the key element of the nation’s veterans health care system.
The VA’s mission is, ‘To care for he or she who hath borne the
battle’. Failure to maintain
the demonstrated capacity to deliver quality care in the areas of specialized
services is tantamount to failure at achieving the core of their mission at
VVA calls on the
President and both the authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress
to take immediate steps to restore the capacity lost since FY 1996 for
specialized services at VA hospitals. The
GAO report only confirms what VVA has been saying for three years.
VVA applauds Congressman
Lane Evans and the GAO for documenting what we have known from anecdotal
evidence from across the country for some time. The VA system must be restored or vitally needed health care
services will not be there when Vietnam veterans will have the greatest need.
VVA’s point of contact for additional information is
Scott D. Campbell at (301)-585-4000
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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