November 11, 2001
VVA President Calls for Fulfillment of America's Contract with
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
"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
"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