Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 10, 2013

World War II veterans disrespected

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Please forgive me if I offend anyone, but with my love of veterans I cannot sit back and say nothing about the way our World War II veterans were about to be treated when they made the long journey to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial that was built in their honor.

But if the truth be told veterans are treated worse each and everyday. I give no credit to the politicians whom showed up for a photo opt. No thank you for your effort. I just returned from a Vietnam veterans reunion in my old hometown, which is known as the city of Kokomo, Indiana.

Having lived there for over 21 years, this reunion is the largest veterans gathering in the United States.

Now the point I am trying to make is there were over 75,000 veterans and their loved ones there. This was not my first visit, so I am sure if wanted to visit our memorial wall, that little gate would have come down real quick and not by politicians.

Having made seven trips to the wall myself, believe me I know the feeling. Our World War II veterans are getting long in years and deserve respect.

We can say and believe me, we fought a good fight.

Al Hancock, USAF RET.