Cumberland Times-News

April 13, 2014

Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— To the Editor:

Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face

what we are up against, little to no support.

When our men and women in uniform come home from conflicts abroad they are  met by the news media, hand shakes by politicians and photo ops. Parades are organized by veterans groups for a “Welcome Home”. Most of these veterans groups are comprised of Vietnam Vets, they make up for the welcome home they did not receive, the Vietnam war offered them only shame and are forgotten. “A nation that forgot its fighters and defenders will itself be forgotten.” — President Calvin Coolidge.

Many veterans suffer with cancer, brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder.  Normally these diseases are not noticed and in some cases go untreated until they become severe. Our Congress needs to wake up and provide equitable VA benefits.

The American people are urged to write, call their members of Congress and  Senate and demand they take positive action providing VA benefits to those in  need.

John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired,

Vietnam veteran

Media, Pa.