Veterans need our attention
As a veteran myself, when I read Kathryn Trogdon’s March 6 article, “Veteran runs, raises money so comrades can get help,” I felt saddened for Billy DeWalt who said, “I gave all I had as a soldier and felt discarded after my injury and unimportant.”
Here is a true hero, who had a brain injury that forced him to leave the military at an early age, and returned home to find himself adrift in a society who didn’t care about his future. Heroism is something we have lost track of.
Where is the applause for Vietnam veterans, like myself, who risked their lives so we could walk freely and enjoy leisure, recreation and our way of life? When returning veterans with PTSD cannot even get medical attention and jobs, what kind of respect does that show?
When Mr. DeWalt has to raise money for local organizations and awareness of the problems facing returning veterans, isn’t this paradoxical? Shouldn’t the government be doing that? What good is the GI Bill for education, when their minds are dulled from war and therapy, which could help with adjustment to civilian life, is only given on a limited basis?
If not for these heroes, we might not live in a free democracy. The time has come to ask ourselves why we give so little attention and reverence for these truly great service members, who gave their lives so we may live free from harm and tyranny?
Norman Singer, Cary