IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

November 11, 2001

No. 01-32
(301) 585-4000
Contact:
Mokie Porter

VVA President Calls for Fulfillment of America's Contract with Veterans


Washington, D.C.--Vietnam Veterans of America President Thomas H. Corey today called on all Americans to join together on Veteran's Day, the two-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and New York, and pay special tribute to America's veterans.

"On this Veteran's Day it is particularly important for our nation to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of America's veterans," Corey said. "America's sons and daughters have always answered the call to duty and service, and it is no different today as a new generation of servicemen and women confront the reality of a new kind of enemy on a new battlefield, the mountainous terrain of Central Asia and the streets of America.

"As we salute our veterans and celebrate the freedom their service has secured for us, we must recognize that they deserve nothing less than the best health care available," he said. "That is America's contract with our veterans, and that contract has not been fulfilled."

Corey says Vietnam Veterans of America is deeply concerned that the current conflict will result in additional American casualties, military as well as civilian. This would place an additional burden on critically under-funded Veteran's Health Administration hospitals across the country.

"Any strain on the system has the potential to overwhelm VHA hospitals from California to New York," Corey said. "Without anticipating any additional capacity, the VA budget is $1.1 billion below what is needed to maintain services at current levels, and now we are at war again.

"Our obligation as Vietnam veterans and citizens is to call attention to the deficiencies in the system. We continue to urge additional resources to address the critical immediate needs. Our job is to raise our voices in praise if merited, and in protest when warranted. We must assure that the health-care delivery system for our veterans is unrivalled and that veterans’ services are not reduced in response.

"The VA must not fail another generation of veterans. We want to be very clear with everyone concerned, from elected officials to the man on the street--this is not negotiable."

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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 abandon another."   

 

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