As we begin the new fiscal year, I wanted to take a moment to look back at all that VA accomplished for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers during Fiscal Year 2021.
When I first got to VA, I testified that we were going to fight like hell for our Nation’s Veterans—and throughout the past year, VA employees have done exactly that. They have provided Vets with the care they needed, increased their access to benefits and services, helped build a VA that better represents the diverse nation we serve, executed on our Fourth Mission, and so much more.
Bottom line: we’re now providing more care, more benefits, and more services to more Veterans than ever before.
It’s also important to recognize that VA employees have done this great work in worst of circumstances. Between the pandemic, the end of the war in Afghanistan, and several natural disasters, Veterans and VA employees alike have had a particularly difficult year. But I’m proud to say that in spite of everything, VA employees have stepped up—exactly when our nation and its Veterans needed them most.
The work never ends, and there is obviously much more to do in Fiscal Year 2022. But for today, please take a look at some of the work we did for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers in Fiscal Year 2021.
We’ll carry this momentum into Fiscal Year 2022, and try—as always—to serve Veterans as well as they have served us.