No. 023-00  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              May 16, 2000                       (301) 585-4000 Ext. 158 



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 VA.”

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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