Letter: Veterans should unite

May. 03, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

To the editor:

For the past 24 years, since the beginning of the Gulf War, our members of the Armed Forces have been fighting an enemy. Many have fallen or been severely wounded.

This Memorial Day, we pay tribute to all our fallen men and women of our Armed Forces who have given all to preserve our freedom and way of life. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 97 hopes you will respect and honor them by cleaning up their permanent resting place and placing a new flag at the site. To dedicate our day to them is not much to ask for them that have given their life for our country and us.

For those that have been past members of the military, I say retain that espirit de corps as you did when you were active. In order for veterans to have a stronger voice in the country’s veterans affairs, we need more veterans to join veteran-related organizations.

We at the local DAV are deserving in number as we lose our World War II and Korean veterans daily. The local Chapter 97 would like to increase its membership. Contact a DAV member or see the newspaper for meeting times and dates. If not the DAV, there are other service-related organizations to join, like Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

The more members, the louder voice in Congress. Our motto should be “help us help you.”

Robert Garcia

Oxford