veterans community is losing a tireless advocate, a man of unimpeachable
integrity, and a great friend,” said John Rowan, National President of
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) on the retirement, at the end of the 109th
Congress, of Representative Lane Evans, Ranking Member of the House
Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
“Despite suffering the
debilitating effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Lane Evans has continued to
advance an agenda that acknowledges the contributions of veterans to
America,” Rowan said. “We are proud that he is a life member of VVA, from
which we won’t let him resign.” Rep. Evans was the recipient of VVA’s
highest award, the Commendation Medal, in 1995.
As Ranking Member, the
Illinois Democrat has fought for assured funding of veterans’ health care,
appropriate care and treatment of veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
and other psychological maladies born of combat, and,
most recently, legislation that
would allow veterans to be represented by lawyers in their compensation
claims with the VA.
“Veterans have many friends
in Congress,” Rowan said, “but few as staunch as this former Marine lance
corporal who has never forgotten the lessons he learned and the bonds he
made when he wore the uniform 37
years ago. His energy will be missed,” Rowan added, “but his contributions
will not be forgotten.”