To the editor:
During the week of Feb. 10-16, the Veterans Administration is sponsoring a National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.
The purpose of this event is threefold: 1) Pay tribute and express appreciation to hospitalized veterans. 2) Increase community awareness of the role of VA medical centers. 3) Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans and become involved as volunteers.
Here in Leavenworth County, we have three VA medical centers within 75 miles. They are located in Kansas City, Mo., Topeka and Leavenworth. I encourage you to visit one of them during this event.
We have a generation of young Americans that is putting itself in harm's way on our behalf.
We benefit from the sacrifices of these brave men and women. It is our duty as a nation, as a community, as Americans, to be there for them in their need.
Overlooked, however, are the many wounded that must return to VA centers for lifelong treatment, veterans of previous wars. We also owe this group a debt of gratitude and our unending support.
Eligible veterans, consider joining the VFW and assisting with this endeavor. Regardless of service, honor our wounded veterans during this week and show your support.