By Betsy Thorpe
“Veteran’s should join any veteran organization to which they are eligible, be it the VFW, DAV, The American Legion or any other group. I encourage veterans to seek out eligible groups to join.”
Last week after attending the 110th VFW National Convention in Phoenix Arizona, John Furgess, former VFW National Commander and long time member of West Nashville’s VFW Post 1970, shared a message from President Obama with the Bellevue United Methodist’s veteran’s group.
Addressing thousands of delegates on August 17th, President Obama stated, “to all those who have served America—our forces, your families, our veterans—you have done your duty. You have fulfilled your responsibilities. And now a grateful nation must fulfill ours. And that is what I want to talk about today.”
The President went on to say “Whether you left the service in 2009 or 1949, we will fulfill our responsibility to deliver the benefits and care that you earned. That’s why I’ve pledged to build nothing less than a 21st-century VA. And I picked a lifelong soldier and a wounded warrior from Vietnam to lead this fight—General Rick Shinseki.” Obama also informed the delegates that funding for veteran’s health care would be dramatically increased and that the unique medical needs of women veteran’s would be met. He also said that access to VA health care will be restored to the half-million Priority 8 veterans who in recent years lost their VA eligibility for non service related ailments. Promising that veteran’s health benefits will not diminish the President said “I look forward to signing legislation on advanced appropriations for the VA so that the medical care you need is never held up by budget delays.”
In closing the President acknowledged the service of war time veterans and promised that America will always fulfill its responsibilities to the men and women who answered the nation’s call to duty to serve during times of conflict.