Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 13, 2013

Make an effort to welcome veterans

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — We are glad to see downtown Princeton doing well, and it is going to do better. The thing that impresses this ol’ veteran the most is that Princeton is a veteran friendly town. It has been the home of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 628 and other veterans’ groups for well over 20 years.

This chapter serves well over 280 veterans and dependents from this surrounding area. It has also sponsored, along with the Princeton Vet Center, a Veteran’s Day parade and a wonderful dinner at the National Guard Armory with a huge turnout each year. This chapter has also brought the Vietnam moving wall to this area. So thank you veterans for your efforts to the population of this area, letting them know that veterans live in this county and city. Thank you for your contributions to the local economies.

Let’s not forget to mention the Marine Corp League Toys for Tots and local chapters of the American League, the Elks Club and any other veterans group or groups that I forgot to mention. I must also mention the small town of Welch, whose Veteran’s Day parade is one of the largest in the state.

The point is that the veterans live here and care about the area.

So why don’t we look at another small city in this area that, in my opinion, is not doing much or anything for veterans. As some of you know, Veteran’s Day is not too far away, so let us sit back and watch what the so-called leadership say about how they love veterans.

Please don’t get me wrong, but take it for what it is worth. Watch the flags go up all over town on Nov. 11 and see what is said on Nov. 12. I am not going to name this small town, but maybe some of you might know what town I am referring to. So come on — get on board. I realize that it has been like this for so long it might be too late, but at least you can make an effort to say that veterans are welcome here and the town is veteran friendly.

Remember do nothing get nothing.

Al Hancock, USAF Ret.