VAIHCS has a long history of serving veterans, going all the way back to 1898 when we became the eighth site for a National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. From that time, we have expanded and now operate five outpatient clinics in Decatur, Mattoon, Peoria and Springfield, Illinois and West Lafayette, Ind., in addition to our medical center in Danville. We also have a national cemetery on our Danville campus where our heroes come to their final resting place.
I have the good fortune to work for a great organization — the Department of Veterans Affairs. I cannot think of a more noble cause for a career than by serving and honoring our past and current Veterans as well as our current returning heroes who have made this country what it is today.
I hope that, on this Veterans Day, people will express their gratitude to those who have served and those who still serve. By our advocacy on behalf of veterans in public and in private, we acknowledge our continuing dependence on our men and women in uniform to protect and defend this nation. We must do all we can to ensure the Nation’s continuing commitment to Lincoln’s promise. It is our sacred duty.
Lastly, let us not forget that today — Nov. 10 — is the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
Happy Veterans Day to all our veterans!
Russell E. Lloyd is acting director of the VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville.