(Washington, D.C.) – "The
proposed budget for the medical programs of the Department of Veterans
Affairs is not adequate to meet the needs of veterans, especially now that
thousands of new veterans are returning with physical as well as severe
psychological wounds," said Thomas H. Corey, National President of Vietnam Veterans
of America (VVA).
"We believe that April 30, the 30th anniversary of the
end of the Vietnam War, is the right time to call attention to the fact
that 30 years after the end of that war, veterans of all eras are still battling to
preserve the benefits they have and assure adequate funding for veterans
health care," Corey continued.
VVA will hold two
events commemorating the 30th anniversary. One will honor all who served during
the Vietnam War as well as those who have died as the result of their
military service; the other will bring home to the American people the need
for a new system of funding veterans health care.
At 3 p.m., at the Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill, VVA will
lead a Rally for Veterans Health Care. “This rally will have a dual
purpose,” said Corey. "First, to stress that we will never forget the
service and sacrifice of
all of our veterans.
“Second, the urgent need to put in
place a system that will guarantee that the VA will be assured the funding
it needs to provide vital medical services to our nation's veterans,” Corey said.
At 6 p.m., on the East Knoll near the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial, VVA will hold a solemn ceremony honoring those who paid the
ultimate price during the long years of the Vietnam War.
“We are noting the anniversary of a
difficult and turbulent time for this country and using this occasion to
help make America aware that supporting our troops and taking care of them
as veterans are two separate issues,” Corey said.
“However, it is equally important that the American people honor their
solemn obligation to safeguard the health and well-being of those veterans,
who have sacrificed so much to protect us,” Corey said.
The public is invited to attend both events.