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Letter: VA needs to step up and help

I am concerned about the Veterans Administration's responsibility to every man and woman who served in our military, especially the men and women who put their lives on the line for the United States during war time, all of whom met their responsibilities with our government while serving our country.

I've heard about the lack of caring for our veterans from our government. Now I know first-hand that they care very little. It puts a sour feeling inside me to see how our veterans are treated from our government.

Last December my wife and I had taken in an ex co-worker of hers who had lost his job and his place to live. Last week we took our friend to the emergency room at Carroll County Hospital, where he has been taken care of very well. We have thanked the staff who has assisted in his recovery. They are second to none with their care of our friend.

The hospital personal contacted us about releasing him and sending him home to us. He is still in need of professional help for his condition. He can't walk, bathe himself and can barely feed himself.

If we could take care of him, my wife and I would gladly have him released to us. I am nearly 65 and my wife has a medical condition herself. The hospital's staff contacted the Veterans Administration, as my wife has. This person happens to be veteran who served in Vietnam. He put his life on the line when his country asked him to. And now when he needs help from our government, where are they?

It is time for our government to step up and help the ones who helped them. This is not an attack on our government. This is a cold hard fact.

Steve Smith

Manchester







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