Biden's VA drops Lincoln quote from mission statement over use of male pronouns

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On Thursday, the Department of Veterans Affairs dropped a quote from Abraham Lincoln from its official motto because the former president only used male pronouns in his language.

Fox News reports the VA announced its new mission statement as “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those who have served in our nation’s military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.”

The original motto, adopted by the VA in 1959, was an excerpt from Lincoln’s 1865 second inaugural address in which he stated, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

The new mission statement was crafted after the VA consulted with approximately 30,000 veterans and sampled from “a diverse group that included men and women of every age group, LGBTQ+ veterans, and White, Black, Latino, Asian and Native American veterans,” reports Fox News.

The VA said they sampled “dozens of small-group engagements with Veterans to understand what was most important to them in a VA mission statement.”

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