". . . let us finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan. . . ." -Abraham Lincoln
No one understood better than President Abraham Lincoln the terrible toll war exacts from those who serve. The plea he made on 4 March 1865 as he concluded his Second Inaugural Address was his way of urging the nation to honor the debt owed those who had paid the price. The nation responded, and the Veterans Administration we know today is but one of the legacies of a man who was himself to fall to an assassin's bullet just a month later.
The articles that follow tell of the nation's continuing concern for those who served generations ago as well as those wounded yesterday in Iraq and Afghanistan. From the Veterans Administration to the battlefields, faster, better care is the goal.