The Episcopal Church votes to make God gender neutral, but the VA opts for their motto to remain. Good for the New VA.
from The Blaze:
U.S. Veterans Affairs headquarters refuses request to make its motto ‘gender neutral’
The Department of Veterans Affairs has denied a request to make its motto “gender neutral,” reports Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper.
For 59 years, the VA’s motto has read: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” The quote comes from Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address in 1865, the same year Lincoln created the government’s institution for volunteer soldiers.
Plaques at the entrance of VA headquarters in Washington, D.C., display the quote, as do many VA facilities across the nation.
In November, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America asked VA Secretary David Shulkin to change the motto. The group said it was “sexist and outdated. On Jan. 26, the VA responded by saying the motto stills as a representative of “the heart of our noble mission,” Stars and Stripes reported.
IAVA Executive Director Allison Jaslow said she believes the VA’s response brushed off both the group’s request and larger, obstacles faced by female veterans.
“They’re missing the point that women don’t feel comfortable at the VA,” Jaslow told Stars and Stripes. “We want to be respected and appreciated as much as male veterans are, and the motto is symbolic of overall challenges.”