VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Director's Message April 23, 2021
Veterans of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, as we process and absorb the guilty verdicts delivered this week in the case of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, in the killing of George Floyd, I think that we must stand in solemnity and prayer.
This is a time for reflection for all those involved in the death of George Floyd and all that unfolded in the 9 minutes and 29 seconds last May, which prompted the largest movement for human rights in our Nation’s history. It is a time of reflection why justice is still elusive for far too many.
The verdict provides greater assurance for all Americans that life, regardless of ethnicity, or WHO WE ARE, WHO WE LOVE, HOW WE IDENTIFY, is SACRED, EQUAL, and WORTHY! This is a time of AWARENESS AND AWAKENING. Awareness of who we are as citizens of the United States of America; Awakening to the proposition that our thinking informs our actions, and our actions create our legacies. Our legacies must include deeds and actions that secure our resolve to form a more perfect union: one community at a time.
Let us put into action the words of Lincoln espoused in his second Inaugural Address where he said these words and created the ethos of our great Department of Veterans Affairs: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan---to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
We are the people who must care for ourselves and for each other. We are the men and women who must heal ourselves and our neighbors. Because by doing this, we can as:
- a person
- a family
- and a community
bring about the healing we must accomplish for our nation.
Finally, healing implies wounding. If we prevent wounding, we obviate the need for healing. Therefore, we must establish a society in which justice is not only for the privileged few, but a society in which but there is equal justice for all.
As the Psalmist wrote, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
All of us at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, dedicate ourselves to establishing a community in which we esteem the men and women who have worn the cloth of our nation, our Veterans who we are honored to serve, as well as each other, and make this place a sanctuary in which everyone is affirmed for who they are no matter their ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation. If we do this, we will bring to life our national ethos of liberty and justice for all.
One Team, One Ohana!
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE
Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
VADM, MC, USN, (RET)
Mass Vaccine Event
We are now offering vaccinations to all Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients.
VAPIHCS will be hosting mass COVID Vaccine distribution events.
Call to secure an appointment: 1-800-214-1306 press 0
Upcoming Vaccine Events
- Spark Matsunaga Medical Center: ACC Vaccine Clinic Mon/ Weds/ Fri
- Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 15 “Taking Charge of Your Life & Health Though VA Services”
- Hawaii Neighbor Island CBOCs:(Hilo- April 24 , Maui-April 24)
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