“A MAN WHO IS GOOD ENOUGH TO SHED HIS BLOOD FOR HIS COUNTRY IS GOOD ENOUGH TO BE GIVEN A SQUARE DEAL AFTERWARDS.”
— PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
For Veterans returning with the physical, mental, and emotional scars of war, the fight doesn’t end upon their arrival home. The mission continues for all of those involved in the family.
Unfortunately, some of the biggest battles are with the very institutions who are supposed to be on their side; whether it be the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or Congress, when they simply don’t understand the challenges Veterans face, or when they turn a deaf ear.
We understand the challenges and know those challenges should not extend the very systems set up to help us. The system that delivers health care to our Veterans must be fundamentally reformed. The most urgent change is to allow the individual Veteran to choose their health care provider. Every institution, especially one’s as large as the VA, will have problems, but other health care delivery systems give the patients choices – they can get health care where they see fit. This would allow the Veteran the same freedom, instead of condemning them to the luck of the draw within the VA, possibly with tragic consequences.
We must be vigilant, and demand the change that is needed. We cannot rest until it is completed. That’s also why The Independence Fund launched our advocacy operations – to adapt and expand our mission, and assist where the need is greatest right now: in reforming VA health care, ensuring the Caregivers of the seriously disabled are properly supported, and addressing the latent problems of toxic exposure.
Anyone can be an advocate: Military, Veterans, Caregivers, or supporters of the military. Whether you served or not, you can be an advocate for our program. You will receive updates on recent news and where we are headed in our mission to reform VA care.