Magazine article VFW Magazine

A Day of Optimism

Magazine article VFW Magazine

A Day of Optimism

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Veterans Day 2014 is especially meaningful considering the events that have transpired over the past year.

is likely to go down in the history of the veterans' movement as a watershed year. Seldom has care for veterans been the focus of such intense media focus and scrutiny. Although the reasons for that limelight were less than welcome, the end results hopefully will be worth the painful process of restoring faith in VA.

When the crisis broke in Phoenix in April, little did we know the momentum for change it would bring. Over the next four months, one revelation after another glaringly exposed the need for reform in how the system is managed. The culmination was the passage of landmark legislation-one of the most significant laws in a generation-in early August that provides the framework for instituting much-needed change.

Still, there is much work to be done. VA leadership rhetoric must be backed up by realistic steps to solve problems. Part of the solution will be input from veterans' organizations, especially ours. Your teams both in Kansas City and Washington will continue to play a vital role in policy formulation as well as implementing initiatives.

On the foreign policy front, this year will mark yet another milestone. The mission of combating the Taliban in Afghanistan will finally be completely turned over to the Afghans. After 13 long years, the remaining GIs in a residual force will take a back seat to the combat. For the first time since the beginning of the 21st century, uniformed Americans will not be engaged in conventional ground conflict. …

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