Letter: More needs to be done for returning vets


To the editor,

On Memorial Day we were to honor those who died in defense of our country. It also reminds me of a continual failing of our federal government.

My concern is for our returning veterans. We are constantly being made aware of the needs and problems confronting our returning veterans that are not being met by the innumerable private charities soliciting our contributions to assist these guys and gals. What I question is, why is the federal government not following up on its responsibility? A half-hearted VA addresses immediate and continuing medical care problems but falls pitifully short of following up on other handicaps imposed on these folks.

It takes a lot of warped thinking to heavily fund programs that encourage illegal immigration while helping our veterans is left to volunteer charities. This is absolutely unacceptable.
One simple suggestion might be to subsidize employers more heavily in offering training programs far beyond what is now being done.

Another might be to reestablish an updated version of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) of the 1930s. Today, such jobs could be aimed at the improvement and upgrading of our deteriorating infrastructure.

Let’s get organized.

Ray Kunz

Beacon Falls