Tom Van Coverden
President & CEO, The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
On this day, we stand in tribute to the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. This year observances will also mark the 100th Anniversary of the cessation of hostilities of World War I – the armistice that went into effect on the 11TH hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Congress initially designated November 11th as Armistice Day dedicated to the cause of world peace. This act was amended in 1954 to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day in honor of all war veterans.
Community Health Centers are proud to carry out our country’s sacred obligation to provide health care for the thousands who have served and sacrificed to preserve America’s freedom. Today, more than 355,000 veterans are health center patients, receiving quality primary care and preventive health services.
We believe no veteran should have to stand in line and wait for needed heath care. That is why health centers are working as partners with the Veterans Administration to help more veterans access a primary care health care home – right in their own or nearby communities. The recently enacted Veterans Mission Act improves and continues the VA Choice Program and recognizes health centers as eligible providers to care for veterans. We remain committed to working with elected officials, the VA, veteran service organizations and state and local veteran affairs offices to ensure that health centers have every opportunity to provide veterans the care they need and deserve.