Lincoln’s Promise ® was delivered at the 2nd Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865, as the U.S. Civil War was drawing to a close.
“…With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle…”
Lincoln’s Promise was adopted as the motto of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and appears on every VA building. It would have been unimaginable to Lincoln, as it is to veterans now, that the U.S. Govt. would abandon its injured troops the moment they returned from the battlefield. Yet that is exactly what has happened to tens of thousands of veterans with PTSD, TBI and MST.