On Wednesday, June 22, AFGE members filled the sidewalk outside the Ann Arbor VA Hospital to show their support for veterans and to send a message to those who would close VA hospitals and force our veterans to go to private hospitals. Veterans have sacrificed to protect our country. They deserve the best possible medical care. Privatization would result in a reduction in the benefits veterans have earned and a loss of the specialized care that VA hospitals are able to provide.
Working people, veterans, and affiliates of the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation stood shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters AFGE Local 2092 in speaking out against proposed privatization that would put private-sector profits before our veterans’ care. During the two-hour rally, veterans on their way to the VA and engaged citizens driving by the rally expressed their support by honking their horns and waving.