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NACHC Statement on Veterans Day

Tom Van Coverden, President & CEO

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 

It is a great pleasure and honor to thank all of the men and women for their service and sacrifice in defending our nation at home and abroad.  Happy Veterans Day to you and your families!!  This year is significant because Veterans Day falls on the date originally designated as Armistice Day before it was changed to the second Monday in November.

Community Health Centers are proud to be part of the national network of care that attempts to provide access to quality health care to Veterans across our country.  For our nation’s health centers, it is an honor to play an important role in carrying out our country’s obligation to provide care for those who have served and sacrificed to preserve America’s freedom.  Every year, increasing numbers of Veterans are getting their care at Community Health Centers—resulting in over 400,000 Veterans who are health center patients.  For these Veterans, health centers provide access to essential medical, dental and behavioral health services in a timely fashion and at locations near to where Veterans reside.

“Getting access to affordable, quality care should not be a challenge for anyone in our country,” said NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden.  “Most important, Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our nation should come home to basic health care without having to stand in line.  That is why it is vitally important that Congress provide adequate funding for the Community Health Center Program so that health centers across our country can keep their doors open for people in their communities who depend on them for essential health care services.”

Health centers remain committed to working with elected officials, the VA, Veteran service organizations and state and local Veteran Affairs offices to ensure that they are visible partners in the new community care networks the VA is establishing across the country.

To learn more about Veterans care and Community Health Centers, please visit this link.