Retired Army Colonel to MRFF: “Disheartened & Determined: VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha VA Medical Clinic, POW/MIA Table with Christian Bible Must Be Removed”

Published On: October 4, 2021|Categories: MRFF's Inbox, Top News|0 Comments|
Close up of military Bible on POW MIA table

From: MRFF Veteran Client’s E-Mail Address Withheld
Subject: Disheartened & Determined: VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Omaha VA Medical Clinic, POW/MIA Table with Christian Bible Must Be Removed
Date: October 4, 2021 at 1:04:52 PM MDT
To: Mikey Weinstein <[email protected]>

Dear Mikey

In this era of diversity, equality and inclusion emphasis in 2021 and beyond, the display of a Bible with the POW/MIA table is utterly revolting.  As a retired Army Colonel (26 years) and 100% disabled Veteran, I walked by this display at the VA OMAHA Clinic today (Monday, 4 OCT 2021).  It is upsetting that this display excludes so many of other faiths or non-faith.  The Bible must be removed from a POW/MIA display.  I am a professed Christian and the spouse to a full-time Christian minister, but I embrace equality and non-discrimination over my individual faith.  I did not report my disagreement with the display at the local VA clinic in Omaha because this is SYSTEMIC and must be addressed at the top.  As a strategic leader, I know that a policy must be written to eradicate this across the VA medical system.  As a member of a local veterans society of Nebraska and Western Iowa, we recently had a banquet with a POW/MIA table and we did it with professionalism and decorum without a mention of faith. It was an honorable way forward.  The entire Veterans Administration must address this issue throughout the entire VA system and network through a coherent published policy.  I ask the Military Religious Freedom Foundation not rest until a policy is signed and enforced.

I hereby transfer all right title and interest to these photographs to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Please remove my specific personal identifiers below, if you forward.  The above report can be forwarded.

Omaha VA Leadership Team:  https://www.nebraska.va.gov/about/leadership.asp
Acting Director:  (Name withheld) DNP MPA, BSN RN NE-BC | (Phone number withheld)

Thank you,  (MRFF Veteran Client’s name, e-mail address and phone number all withheld)

POW-MAI table from a distance showing the whole display
POW-MAI table
Top of POW-MAI table
Close up of Bible on POW-MAI table
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