VA’s new mission statement ditches gendered language
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its mission statement with a new statement that does not include gendered language.
According to a VA press release, the prior mission statement read, “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.”
“Whenever any Veteran, family member, caregiver, or survivor walks by a VA facility, we want them to see themselves in the mission statement on the outside of the building,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said, according to the press release. “We are here to serve all Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors — and now, our mission statement reflects exactly that.”