In reference to Dennis Duguay’s letter Feb. 7 (“Don’t cut veterans’ benefits”), the following can also be mentioned:
This country is free not because of the politicians, the media or the president. It is free because of the veterans and the active armed forces’ members who sacrifice their prior civilian ways of life to serve this great country of ours. If it wasn’t for us veterans, deceased and alive, a flag flying at the Capitol could well have been a Nazi or Soviet flag instead of Old Glory.
And now this country is in danger of not being the United States of America. It could well be overtaken by foreign radicals if we don’t pay attention. That is what they want, and it can be prevented only by our armed forces. They are the only ones who stand between us still being a free country or a totalitarian country.
The president and Congress must not mess with benefits that were earned by our sacrifices, blood, tears, homesickness and severe physical and mental injuries – and the ultimate sacrifice, by being killed in action. God bless and protect America.
Hector C. Zapata