Here we are in a national
election year, preparing for our Leadership Conference, where we
will discuss issues of concern to our membership and learn new
ways to continue to do the right thing by our fellow veterans
and their families.
Vietnam Veterans of American has always demanded the truth for
those who served this country. We have always asked that our
government do the right thing and take care of those who served.
And when the government screws up, we believe that it should
take responsibility and correct the wrongnot waste time trying
to hide the evidence, which, unfortunately, often happens. We
won't give up until the truth is told and those who have
suffered as a result of the lies are taken care of.
We must look at our elected leadersand all those serving in
Washington and elsewhereto see what they are doing to help this
nation's veterans, as well as our active-duty sons and
daughters. Can we lead by the work we do, addressing the
needs through our visits to congressional offices? Absolutely.
We are leaders, representing veterans, equipped with information
that is hard for any elected representative to argue against.
We have mailed information to every chapter and state council on
mandatory funding for VA health care, as adopted by the
Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform, which
comprises nine veterans service organizations. The information
contains tools that can answer questions about this issue.
Discuss it at your next meeting. Prepare members to visit their
representatives to ask that they do the right thing by
supporting this issue. This is our health care system, and
whether you use it now or later, let's make it right for
veterans and those VA employees who care for us. Vote for
someone who will make a commitment to support what is right. It
is important for all VVA members to show their interest by
making appointments with their senators and congressmen to make
the case for supporting veterans and mandatory funding.
We also mailed a VVA Vote for America 2004 package to every
chapter and state council. It has all the election
materialsincluding issue papers, posters, bumper stickers, and
buttonsneeded to register voters in the November election.
Please use the tools this election year. Order more "VVA Vote
for America 2004" packages from the national office. Get
people to exercise their right to vote. Let them know the
importance of that right.
Thank you all for being part of this organization, helping us to
make a difference in the way those who served are recognized and
cared for. Your patience and efforts are appreciated as we fight
for what should be a given for our nation's veterans. Keep up
the good work. We will continue to make the difference.
Always remember those serving today and the sacrifices they and
their families are making. Whenever possible attend ceremonies
of those returning and being laid to rest. We can make a
difference by showing support for the family and friends. Let
them know that we value their loved one's sacrifice. We will
continue our support for those who served and for those serving
today. God Bless.