VA Maryland Health Care System
Adam Robinson’s July Fourth Message
June 30, 2015
Every year on July 4th we celebrate the birth of our nation, taking special pride in the men and women who wear the cloth of the nation in defense of our freedom. For more than two centuries now, Americans have been called to serve and sacrifice, enduring hardships of all kinds to protect those same ideals of freedom and liberty for all.
From the service of the Minutemen more than two centuries ago, to the service of today's men and women in all branches of our armed forces, the fight for freedom continues. Two hundred thirty-nine years after our nation was founded, we were attacked on our own shores by a group whose philosophy opposes our ideals, forcing us to again take up the struggle to fight for freedom.
Now our service men and women are returning with visible and invisible wounds, needing help and support to transition back into civilian life. President Theodore Roosevelt said, "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have."
The VA Maryland Health Care System is committed to providing safe, quality and compassionate health care to our military veterans. We are hiring new providers and support staff, partnering with community providers and working hard to improve the services offered to Maryland's veterans. As a 36-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, this is a mission I hold very dear. It's our duty and privilege to provide veterans the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice.
If you know veterans who need assistance, please refer them to the VA Maryland Health Care System where we can help. To locate the nearest VA health care facility, veterans can visit the VA Maryland Health Care System website at www.maryland.va.gov. If you know a veteran of any war era, please remember to thank him or her for their service on this 4th of July holiday.
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD
Acting Director, VA Maryland Health Care System