IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

February 14, 2003

No. 03-05

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146


 

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA REMINDS THE NATION
TO REMEMBER SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

 


(Washington, D.C.) – “As our men and women in uniform prepare for war, it is our obligation as veterans to remind our nation to support them,” said Vietnam Veterans of America President Thomas H. Corey today. “To do less is an insult to all those who have served and those who have died in defense of our freedoms.

“Those Vietnam veterans who remain on active duty are aware of the demoralizing effect lack of support for the men and women in uniform has,” he said. “As Vietnam veterans, we will not abandon them. As citizens, it is our duty to remember the men and women who volunteer to defend our nation and our fellow citizens.

“We are deeply concerned about the well-being of America’s sons and daughters who will fight this war, and we must be prepared for the human cost,” Corey continued. “Any military action our armed forces engage in will likely result in casualties, and some may be taken prisoner or listed as missing. We cannot allow them to be forgotten or abandoned.

“Support for our men and women in uniform includes the prompt return of prisoners and proper care and treatment for the injured. The President and Congress must allocate appropriate funding now for their care when they return home.

“The nation may grow tired of this battle,” Corey continued, “but that does not release it of the responsibility to treat our new generation of war veterans with care, compassion, and respect. 

“We will be watching closely, and if the system fails in its duty, we will move boldly and challenge it to meet its obligations. 

“Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families of those serving,” Corey said. “In our communities nationwide, let us support the men and women and their families who brace for the unknown and prepare for war.”

"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another - May God bless them, and our nation." 

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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