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Letters to the Editor

More memorials?

September 20, 2009

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To the editor:

Congressman Moore,

Your notice was received. You have successfully introduced, and made law, a bill (HR 634) for a special silver dollar to commemorate the sacrifices disabled veterans have made. This silver dollar will fund the building of a memorial, near the U.S. Capitol, to honor them.

As a Korean War veteran who lost family in World War II, comrades in the Korean War, friends in the Vietnam War, the first President Bush’s war, and have worked to avoid the many wars we have STUPIDLY been involved in during the past 10-plus years, I must tell you that I am one veteran who is sick and tired of the building of memorials.

How about a Peace Memorial, a Peace College, a Cabinet post for a Peace Secretary? How about a memorial to the homeless, to those dying without health care, to those losing their homes because of medical costs, to the unemployed? How about digging in and dealing with incredibly serious issues and doing it NOW?

Veterans who have been disabled do not need a memorial. Every wound, every lost limb, the loss of sight and hearing and brain function and the entire major and minor trauma that veterans, their families and society have suffered are memorial enough.

If you don’t know what the people of this country desperately need right now, give me a call. I’ll gather a few old-timers, 75 or over, who have lived through a monumental amount of insanity, and we will enlighten you.

Comments

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

That is one excellent idea, a 'memorial czar'!! I think you outta get a call from Obama asking you to be his 'idea czar'!! This administration is also in desperate need of a very highly paid 'head czar of czars'. (Or the over-czar, or all-powerful czar or superczar or supremeczar? We'll leave that one up to the 'naming czar')

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John Kyle 4 years, 6 months ago

"Especially to veterans who didn't conveniently dye!"

Are you only referring to those in the textile business?

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 7 months ago

Mr Moore enjoys looking patriotic and he enjoys protecting the medical insurance industry......unfortunately he is not alone.

Veterans would be far better off under HR 676 Medicare Insurance for All. This would prevent waiting for authorization to come down from the DOD declaring certain conditions war related which can take years and years.

Medicare Insurance for All would improve vets health care tremendously. Vets could walk into any clinic or hospital to receive treatment. This would end miles and miles of driving. AND it would mean no more waiting years to be treated for post traumatic stress disorder.

It would mean no more waiting for years regarding treatment after exposure to poisonous uranium dust in the mideast conflicts.

VA treatment is only as good as the politicians willing to fund VA hospitals. There is no dedicated funding set aside to treat vets. 8 years of Bush/Cheney must be one of the worst funding periods in history. Bush/Cheney and even McCain were on record of voting against increased funding and benefits.

Vets must stand firm and together in order to secure care and funding. It is anything but a piece of cake.

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Hydra 4 years, 7 months ago

Dead on target Mr. Grant! Politicians and most people would rather build memorials than actually try to undo any damage done. Especially to veterans who didn't conveniently dye!

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