Speak Out: Honor for U.S.’s heroes
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Sept. 11 was a somber day. I guess you might say I am somewhat dismayed, disappointed, disgruntled and saddened that this country’s priorities are so misplaced.

My questions are: Where are the Congressional Awards, Awards for Valor and the multitude of awards that could be given to the men, women and children who have died for this country in the name of honor?

What of the dozens of men, women and children whose lives were altered or lost in 9/11 that left this country in a state of shock for over a decade? The rescue and fire teams as well as bystanders who worked diligently and have died or suffered severe health and monetary problems for 12 years, where is their constant recognition? Is it only in the hearts of Americans who feel the pain of this often ignored assault on our soil?

What about our Vietnam veterans who receive little recognition for a catastrophe not of their making? What about the Desert Storm veterans? Poisoned, loss of homes, limbs and very little recognition — all for a war not of their making, but they served.

What about the firefighters who recently lost their lives but their families will receive no benefits because they were “volunteers”?

Our men and women serving overseas in a war for the last decade did not ask for it, but dozens are coming home with loss of limbs, mental disorders and multiple disabilities, but the Wounded Warrior organization is helping them tremendously because our big-business government is not doing its best to help these soldiers.

My heart goes out to the men and women who have “served.” They need this government’s as well as the people’s assurance that they are “special” and should not be forgotten. They “earned” the gold. Peace be with them all, forever.

Kaye R. Batchelor
Jacksonville
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