VA hospitals ban cards that say "Merry Christmas"

Todd Starnes reports for FoxNews, Dec. 25, 2013, that fourth-grader Gracie Brown was among the boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., who had spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.
Little Gracie drew an American flag on her card, together with the words “Merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.”
VA banned this Merry Christmas card
Gracie was proud of her card. She told MyFoxDFW.com that she had hoped it would make the day of a sick veteran at the hospital “because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with. I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you.”
But the bedridden veterans at the VA hospital will never get to see Gracie’s card. Nor will they see the cards made by 51 other students. That’s because the Christmas cards violate VA policy.
On Monday morning the boys and girls were planning on hand delivering the cards to the wounded veterans. Susan Chapman, a math teacher at the academy who’s married to a veteran and volunteers with the American Legion and other veterans’ organizations, called the hospital to make final arrangements and that’s when she learned there was a problem.
Chapman said, “I told him [an official at the VA hospital] my students made cards, we’d like to bring them down for the veterans. And he said, ‘That’s great. We’re thrilled to have them, except the only thing is, we can’t accept anything that says ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God bless you’ or any scriptural references because of all the red tape.'”
A VA official quoted the policy which is in the Veterans Health Administration handbook:
“In order to be respectful of our veterans’ religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding.”
Andrea Brown, Gracie’s mom, was dumbfounded by the news. She told MyFoxDFW.com, “This wasn’t the country I grew up in, when you couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas,’ you couldn’t say ‘God bless you’ or reference any scripture.” She said the boys and girls were heartbroken that the military personnel would not be able to receive their cards: “They couldn’t believe that these people they wanted to honor weren’t going to get the chance to see what they had done.”
Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute, said it was a new low “even for the Scrooges and Grinches at the VA. Does the VA have no shame? Targeting the benevolent work of little children for censorship is disgusting. Do the Grinches in the administration of the VA really believe our bravest warriors need protection from the heartfelt well wishes of small children saying Merry Christmas?”
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AKA John Galt
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Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Why weren’t the veterans asked if they would accept “faith based” cards? Don’t force any veteran to accept a card that might be offensive to them personally. The question goes begging . . . why is the government “censoring” items made by children intended for adults. Can’t most adults think for themselves, they should have the “choice” of receiving these cards. I suppose the next thing is for the government to censor what veterans read, or watch in television. This is plain and simple crap . . . brought to you by your lame-ass government.

Anonymous
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I’ll bet they didn’t stop the Happy Ramadan or Merry Festivus cards…

Anonymous
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Way to go VA– We had to offend veterans’ religious beliefs in order to protect them! (Idiocy.)

josephbc69
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I’m sorry, but all this BS is simply unbelievable to me at nearly 71, so much so I’m ready to spit! WtH is WRONG w/the admin and gubbmint in general? Is EVERYONE there gone wacky?

bill
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bill

Stop and think. This agenda has been brought about in the last five years by the lucifer administration. Look at how he has purged the military and fired top level commanders. Look at his battle against all Christians and God while cuddling his muslum socialist beliefs with minion Holder prosecuting anyone who speaks against them. I would have taken the kids to the VA hospital and walked them in with their parents and give the cards to our honored vets. Why let these unGodly people ruin Christmas for our Heroes.

josephbc69
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And to think that Broom Hilary, the Benghazi Bitch, is next in line of succession…. It just keeps getting better & better.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this amazing post. They are actually offending the Veterans by their within inappropriate policy. I bet most Veterans would want cards to say, “Merry Christmas!” It is interesting that the king can mention Christ in his Christmas message, but that Christmas cannot be mentioned in cards issued to the Veterans pursuant to the Veterans’ Administration rules. What an inconsistency!

Leeann Springer
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Leeann Springer

I am retired from the Veterans Administration and so is my husband. For over 25 years, my husband (R.N. Practitioner) had his own clinic, where he treated veterans from WW11, Korean War, Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and Iraqui Freedom. The year Obama the muzzie, came into his dictatorship and/or presidency, is when VA and other time honored establishments started going to Hell. My husband always went to work early, so he could start his day with an “online devotional” which was on the computer. One day he came in early and could not access the web site, and in its… Read more »