Dear Annie: Over the past 150 years, our nation has worked tirelessly to care for those who, as President Abraham Lincoln so eloquently stated, “shall have borne the battle.” Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates 151 hospitals, 134 community living centers and 825 community-based outpatient clinics, as well as many other rehabilitation and support activities, to deliver care to more than six million veterans. Coupled with our regional benefits offices and national cemeteries, VA employees and volunteers commit themselves daily across this country and overseas to assist and care for those who have given of themselves to this great country.
VA does not carry on this important mission on our own. We work in hand with veterans service organizations, civic and community partners, and caring individuals from across the country. For all of us, there is no higher calling.