Former U.S. President George W. Bush follows the joint service honor guard carrying the casket of his father, former US President George H.W. Bush, to an awaiting hearse after his state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on December 5, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Photo: Alex Wong
Photo: Alex Wong

The VA stayed open during the Bush funeral. Here’s why.

If you were wondering why the Dayton VA stayed open during Wednesday’s National Day of Mourning for the funeral of former President H.W. Bush — after previously closing during funerals for Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford — here’s the explanation from Dayton VA Spokesman Ted Froats.

“While we join the rest of our nation in remembering and honoring the legacy of President George H.W. Bush, we were open on Wednesday because veterans were counting on us for the health care they have earned, and we want to make clear they can always do so,” Froats said.

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“It is true that during the National Days of Mourning for Presidents Reagan and Ford that the Dayton VA Medical Center closed for outpatient care and was only open for inpatients.

“However, this year, Secretary Wilkie directed VA Medical Centers across the nation to remain open for all outpatient care as well. We agree with and fully support the Secretary’s decision, as it is the right one for our nation’s heroes.”

Most federal offices, including the Post Office, were closed on Wednesday.

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