In Dr. Martin Luther King’s most famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” he explained we cannot walk alone and the destinies of all Americans are tied together, saying “With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
At VA, we can say with certainty and pride that we serve as one VA – we serve together. Duty to country knows only three colors – red, white and blue – and those who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces have truly served us all and earned the honored title of “Veteran.”
Dr. King never served in the military, but he commanded an army of Americans dedicated to fulfilling our country’s highest ideal – that all men and all women are created equal; an ideal forged in the heat of battle here at home in the struggle for civil rights and around the world in wars against tyranny and oppression
Dr. King understood, as every Veteran understands, that freedom is not free, “that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” His strength and purpose are matched by those of the Veterans we serve. They also stood against injustice, tyranny and oppression – freeing the bonds of many around the world
We in VA serve these brave Americans of all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Dr. King's time with us was too brief. But his vision of service was so great and his moral purpose so strong, that he made us believe we could be better than we are, and someday we would truly walk hand in hand into a brighter tomorrow
January 21, 2013 marks the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community
Are you interested in serving our Nation’s heroes? VA’s voluntary service is one of the largest volunteer programs in the federal government. VA Butler Healthcare’s volunteers provide a myriad of services such as greeting Veterans and welcoming them to the facility, and driving Veterans to and from their VA medical appointments. For more information about VA Butler’s volunteer program and how you can help make the lives of our Veterans better, contact Voluntary Services at 724-285-2575.