Veterans for Unification was founded in 1998 in the Chicago area as a grass-roots, not-for-profit organization of veterans and other concerned Americans united to save VA healthcare.

Veterans for Unification was created by veterans in direct response to government attempts to close VA hospitals and close VA programs. It has been central in mobilizing against VA plans and studies that call for fewer hospitals, fewer patient programs, fewer beds and fewer staff to treat veterans.

VU has been recognized in the Chicago area as a group that works diligently with other groups to bring attention to the disparities between what the government says and what it does. VU was instrumental in publicizing the 1998 Options Study, the 2000 CARES Study, the 2001 Co-payment increases, and the 2002 Chicago-area hospital and program closings.

Veterans for Unification has worked through elected officials to make them aware of VA violations of both the letter and the spirit of the law. VU participates in numerous round-tables and advisory boards as well as conducting direct-action, informational events.

The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, will be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.
-George Washington

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