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, photo ops, handshakes by politicians and "Welcome Home" parades organized by veterans groups. Most of these veterans groups are comprised of Vietnam vets. They strive to make up for the welcome home they did not receive. The Vietnam war offered them only shame and now they are forgotten.
"A nation that forgot its fighters and defenders will itself be forgotten."--President Calvin Coolidge.
Many veterans suffer with cancer, brain injury and 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 Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.
The American people are urged to write and call their members of Congress and
Senate and demand they take positive action to provide VA benefits to those in need.