“….To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”
These words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address guide the mission of today’s VA.
Over the last two months, VA’s secretary, Bob McDonald, has been traveling throughout the U.S. listening to Veterans and discussing with them the issues that VA is facing.
“The problems we face are serious,” Sec. McDonald acknowledges. “The President, Congress, Veterans service organizations, taxpayers, and VA’s rank and file all understand the need for immediate reforms to achieve three non-negotiable goals—goals we set for ourselves more than two months ago on our ‘Road to Veterans Day.’”
With Veterans Day just one week away, VA continues to work towards those goals and to better serve and care for those who have “borne the battle.”
Earlier this fall, the Veterans Health Administration released its Blueprint for Excellence, an important step in VA’s transformation.
“This blueprint is critical to achieving part three of our Road to Veterans Day initiative—setting a course for long-term excellence and reform,” Sec. McDonald told the annual meeting of the Institute of Medicine. “It is VA’s template to re-establish the department’s preeminence and leadership in American healthcare.”
Read the Blueprint for Excellence and the Secretary’s remarks to the Institute of Medicine for more on what VA is doing to set its course for the future.