Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2013

Mark Tury: Veterans must sacrifice again, thanks to Congress

I was asked, no, I was instructed to put on the uniform of United States Army and undergo training to fight as a team member in an infantry unit. Vietnam-bound.

I was asked, no, I was instructed to put on the uniform of United States Army and undergo training to fight as a team member in an infantry unit. Vietnam-bound.

Returning home, we were disrespected. I was ashamed of my participation in that war for many years. My country sent me into a “conflict” for political purposes. Only it wasn’t a “conflict,” it was war.

Forty-five years later, the Veterans Administration has rated me at 100 percent disabled; 70 percent of that due to PTSD.

Forty-five years later, the men and women who served their country are retired military and continue to reconcile their own PTSD, which is partially due to the disrespect they encountered after returning home.

And now Congress has decided to disrespect these same veterans, who served honorably and with heroism in many cases, by denying them their cost-of-living increases to the tune of $6 billion over the next 10 years.

With all the theft, fraud and abuse of our ever-expanding entitlement programs, our ineffective government cannot seem to find fair and balanced solutions. So they toss the veterans under the bus again.

MARK TURY

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