Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea”
– “Eternal Father Strong to Save”
According to Bishop James Magness, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries: “The last time we asked so much from so many of our men and women was during the Vietnam War. Today, in the aftermath of our war-fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, once again we have thousands and thousands of combat veterans on the streets of our towns and cities. While some of these veterans have visible combat wounds, many others have invisible wounds that escape the observations of even the most skilled observer. Accordingly, we need to devise and fund new and creative ways to care for these wounded veterans who have served us so well, many of whom have sacrificed much, but are too proud to ask for our help.”
This week, as the Senate considers the Veterans Affairs appropriations bill (H.R. 2029), we have the opportunity to lift up the needs of veterans to policymakers.