Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, June 15, 2017

VA has a woman problem. It starts with its motto.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a woman problem. Need evidence? Look no further than its motto: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

That motto — engraved on plaques outside VA buildings across the country, featured proudly in VA presentations and on the agency’s website — comes from President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was an eloquent and well-meaning statement in its time. But the face of U.S. troops, and veterans, has drastically changed since then.


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