Lawmakers should help veterans

By From page A5 | November 20, 2013

I have several observations about the Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 in Davis:

I thought the turnout could/should have been vastly better. More than half of the population of the city should turn out. What is your excuse?

In the invocation, the pastor prayed to God to look after our veterans. The thought crossed my mind that God may be busy with other stuff, and it is mostly up to us!

The first speaker spoke about how shabbily veterans have been treated, both historically and currently, thus proving my point. He told the story about how World War I veterans who were protesting for assistance in Washington were treated as enemy combatants and were beaten and killed! I thought about current issues like veterans assistance applications being hugely backlogged due to inefficiency and understaffing, stories about post-traumatic stress disorder recognition being denied, homeless vets on street corners and more.

PTSD used to be called “battle fatigue,” which used to be called “shell shock” (acknowledgement to the late George Carlin).

It is not enough to put a sticker on your car, and thank a person in uniform for his service, if you do not vote for representatives in Washington who will help our veterans.

Gabe Lewin

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