Originally created 11/11/05

Vietnam vets' benefits are in peril

As we all know, today is Veterans Day. Our young men and women are dying every day in the Iraq war. So why would the president of the United States want to start cutting veterans' benefits?

At our 84th Disabled American veterans Auxiliary National Convention in Las Vegas last August, I learned that the Bush administration is trying to cut the budget on the backs of the Vietnam-combat disabled veterans, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They are going from 1998 to the present to revise all PTSD claims for that period.

I was outraged that the Veterans Administration has the guts to order a new investigation of PTSD claims. This will have a huge impact on Vietnam veterans who suffer from this horrible ailment - and on families of deceased Vietnam veterans who have dependency and indemnity compensation benefits, and education benefits for their children.

If the government goes after these Vietnam veterans, let's not be prejudiced toward others: Bring in the amputees and count their missing limbs to make sure they are not receiving benefits they should not be receiving.

Please write your congressional representatives and senators, and let them know that we will not stand for this insult to our veterans.

Willie Davis Jr., Hephzibah

(Editor's note: The writer is a former commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18 in Augusta.)


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