Veterans groups should be united
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As a veteran of the U.S. military, I never used many of my Veterans Affairs benefits because I got tired of dealing with the red tape and the hassle of fighting the government for the benefits promised to veterans long before I served. No veteran should ever have to jump through hoops to get the benefits for serving this country faithfully.

I have no loyalty to any specific veterans group or their individual agendas, even though I have been a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at various times. My overall view of individual veterans groups is that they are fractured and run in too many different directions to serve all veterans as one body.

I do not say this to upset any group. However, can you envision the political power all veterans would have if these groups were united in the common cause of serving all veterans in one united front?

It seems that too often some in these groups forget that we are no longer in the military. We should not grovel over every politician who visits our groups as most have not served in the military and probably wouldn’t if required to do so.

Politicians give us their little pep talks on such occasions and use our patriotism against us, usually in an attempt to get us on board over something they want politically or to further their careers instead of helping veterans over the long haul.

Until we devise a way to unite in something like a veterans union to ensure that every veteran’s needs are met and they get what the government promised them, politicians will continue to use us to further their own agendas.

It’s a shame that the same government that put us in harm’s way will fight tooth and nail to keep from informing veterans of all their rights and benefits and then freely delivering them without having to go through a bunch of hoopla. If this offends anyone, I don’t care. I believe our cause is veterans. They come first and before the government’s wants and those we call politicians.

Billy E. Price
Ashville
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