Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke engaged Veterans and legislative leadership at the 97th DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Convention in Reno, Nevada Saturday. Thousands of members along with their families and caregivers listened as he discussed critical issues that directly impact Veterans.
“I am making a personal commitment to you and ask the same of you,” O’Rourke said during his opening session speech, highlighting the importance of the work DAV members do to help the Veteran community and its partnership with VA.
O’Rourke also encouraged members to be a voice in helping to strengthen the noble mission of caring for disabled Veterans saying, “we (VA) are not really making a difference, unless we hear it from you, the results show what’s possible and we still need your input.”
During a public session, O’Rourke, along with the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, addressed questions about the historic and transformative improvements being made at VA including the signing of the MISSION Act, consolidating community care programs and implementing the forever GI Bill. The video of that session is available here.
While in Reno, the acting secretary also visited with 14 female Veterans who were honored at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. The women, ages 25-100, were featured in a photo biography exhibit titled “Through Our Eyes – The Women Veteran’s Experience” as a part of Reno is Artown.
DAV National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster joined the acting secretary in recognizing the project, which is designed to raise awareness about women Veterans, their service to our nation and the broad spectrum of services VA provides them.