Letter to Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs, on the Elimination of Segregation in Veterans Facilities.
[Released October 26, 1954. Dated October 25, 1954]
I greatly appreciate your report on the success of the Veterans Administration program to eliminate segregation in all VA hospitals and domiciliaries. You and all who cooperated with you in this program are to be highly commended.
In making the success of your program possible, our people have once again demonstrated their social maturity and their determination to have in America fair play and equal opportunity. In your accomplishment, Americans everywhere can take a great and justifiable pride.
With warm regard,
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Note: Mr. Higley's final report, in the form of a brief letter to the President, was released with the President's reply. The report stated that the Veterans Administration, in keeping with the President's policy of eliminating segregation in all Federal activities, had launched its program in October 1953. It further stated that segregation had been eliminated in all VA hospitals and domiciliaries, and that the agency's experience with the integration of patients had been most satisfactory.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans Affairs, on the Elimination of Segregation in Veterans Facilities. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/233071