Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Proud to protest

January 19, 2006

To the editor,

Today, I did something I have not done in nearly 40 years; I was involved in a picket/protest/information (however you want to describe it). Myself and about 20 others marched on Fourth Street, outside the Eisenhower Veterans Center in Leavenworth.

Why were we marching? At first glance one might think it was a protest of the on going war in the Mideast, but in this case it could be nothing further from it. We were marching in protest of the constant erosion of the entitlements that veterans of this country have; the latest to be on the chopping block: the psychiatric unit.

People seem to forget that we, the veteran, are not asking for a hand out, we are seeking the entitlements that we were promised in exchange for our service to country. We paid for these services with our blood, our limbs, and in all too many cases, our lives. We went when called and never stopped to ask, "Now are you sure you are not blowing smoke about the entitlements?" We never asked about budgets, or any of the other things that bureaucrats worry about, we simply went and did what was asked of us.

What we hear now is that there are tough decisions needing to be made concerning the budgets, and that programs need to be cut and/or moved. Funny, when we went off to serve, if there was a budget problem, it sure didn't seem to matter, after all isn't that what deficit spending is designed for?

I ask that all citizens, veterans and non-vets alike, get involved with me now, and write to your congressman and senator, and tell them that it is time to stop this erosion.

If we have the money to continue to producing veterans, then there is no excuse for not having the money to provide them with the entitlements that they so richly deserve. After all, if it was not for the veterans, none of us would enjoy the way of life we have in this great country today.

Mike Howell

U.S. Army, retired


P.S.: If you can read this, thank a teacher; if you can read this in English, thank a vet.


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