LETTER: The forgotten veteran
To the Editor:
A symptom of the disgraceful way we treat our veterans is The Veterans Outreach program that provides for donations to veterans; and other charity programs for veterans. These are great programs with a disgraceful reason.
Over the past 30 years we have spent trillions of dollars on foreign wars. Our war with Iraq cost hundreds of billions of dollars and destabilized the entire Middle East. It's only "success" was to boost the profits of military contractors. The same can be said for the Vietnam War. The result of these wars is that the Veterans Administration has been inundated with millions of veterans. It has not been inundated with money to treat them and we have seen the consequences. Because of recent wars, the VA is now trying to treat 20 percent more veterans than they have facilities for. These Americans donated years of their lives and made mental and physical sacrifices for us, and we make them live on handouts from Veterans charities. This is disgraceful.
Now that same military is being boosted by $70 billion per year to get ready for our next foreign war (there is a reason we are called Veterans of Foreign Wars). But there is only a small boost for the agency that serves those who served us. Our South Dakota delegation has done precious little for our veterans. We need people in Congress who will ensure that those who served in uniform are treated with the same dignity and respect as those currently in uniform. That people are more important than profits. We have the opportunity to send a man of those views to Washington.
Please support our veterans and all of South Dakota by sending Tim Bjorkman to Congress.