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Stop Playing Politics With Veterans

The American people are urged to write, call their members of Congress and Senate and demand they take positive action providing VA benefits to those in need.

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(MEDIA, PA) - 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, hand shakes by politicians and photo ops. Parades are organized by veterans groups for a “Welcome Home”. Most of these veterans groups are comprised of Vietnam Vets, they make up for the welcome home they did not receive, the Vietnam war offered them only shame and are forgotten.

“A nation that forgot its fighters and defenders will itself be forgotten” President Calvin Coolidge.

Many veterans suffer with cancer, brain injury, 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 VA benefits.

The American people are urged to write, call their members of Congress and Senate and demand they take positive action providing VA benefits to those in need.

By: John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired, Vietnam veteran

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John Bury represents both his interests and those of military veterans, with an emphasis on the U.S. Navy, and specific interest in health-related issues stemming from Agent Orange contamination; a rampant problem affecting so many who didn't necessarily have the deadly chemical dropped on their heads while fighting in Vietnam's jungles. John was onboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) a fast combat support ship from Oct. 1967 to Feb. 1972, making four deployments to Vietnam waters.

Now an activist and writer, John lives in the aptly named Pennsylvania city, Media, where he continues to seek justice while becoming a larger and larger voice of the movement. John has a college degree (AS) Management from Delaware County Community College, and he taught disciplines of engineering at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. When he isn't writing articles, performing research or rallying support for his fellow military veterans, John enjoys fishing; he is an amateur artist, and also spends time gardening and traveling. You can write to John Bury at Email: johnb1936@verizon.net

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Ralph E. Stone April 13, 2014 7:55 am (Pacific time)

I am a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. Doesn't it seem that the U.S. always has money to wage war but so little money for those who serve in those wars.

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